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22May/070

Clipiversity needs your diggs!

Clipiversity, our new video podcast where we feature interesting things we learn on Clipmarks.com has been approved on Digg's podcast section. I'd really appreciate your diggs to help get the show onto the "up and coming" list. Suggestions and comments about the show are always appreciated as well. Thanks!

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4May/070

Videoblog: Unboxing the Chumby

Unboxing and playing with our new Chumby prototype. I can't wait to hack on it a bit and start developing a clipmarks widget for it!

Unboxing the Chumby

3May/071

Blog Fatigue is a real threat to bloggers everywhere, but there is a cure…

Since I started at clipmarks, I've seen our addon as an incredible blogging tool just waiting to happen, with the potential to rival tools like performancing (aka ScribeFire) and Flock. The clipmarks addon makes it super-easy to pull out the best part of any web page and talk about it, so it seemed only natural that we should let you post those clips to your blog as well as to our site.

Launched as part of Clipmarks 2.0, Clip-to-blog makes makes it completely easy to grab pertinent stories, quotes, pictures, and videos, add your two cents, and post it directly to your blog. (watch the demo to see it in action)

I was very excited when we launched clip-to-blog a few months ago, but we hadn't unleashed its full potential until today. As of last night's upload, you can now save multiple blogs with Clipmarks and post to any number of them at once. Anyone with more than one blog knows it can be a pain to keep on top of them. Especially if you've got several different blogs on various topics, keeping the content fresh everywhere can be next to impossible unless you're a full time writer.

Lets say, for example, you've got a blog about marketing, a music podcast where you also blog occasionally, and a personal blog. If you come across something relevant to both your marketing blog and your music show's audience, you can quickly clip the interesting part of the page, add some comments, and post to both of them instantly. Since your blog info is saved with clipmarks, posting to one or many of your blogs is amazingly quick and easy.

Clipmarks.com is also a treasure trove of interesting clips about just about any topic, so if you need to freshen up some of your blogs, you can search for topics that interest you and post great clips that other clippers have found right from there as well.

We blog because we want to write and talk with people about topics that interest us. Unfortunately, a lot of blogging ends up being the minutia of getting pictures uploaded, tweaking html, and stressing about the fact that you haven't updated in ages. Clip-to-blog makes it easy and fun to blog again, and with this update it's an incredible tool for powerbloggers. So, what are you waiting for? Get the addon, add some blogs, and get clip-to-blogging :)

2May/070

New Podcast: The Clipiversity

I'm working on a new podcast for Clipmarks that highlights some of what we learn each day on clipmarks.com.

It's amazing how many anecdotes and incredible bits of information I've absorbed from the things that people clip, and that learning has been a big part of the reason I love the clipmarks community. We wanted to share that experience, so we're going to be doing our best to get one of these shows out a day from now on.

You can check it out at clipiversity.com. I'd really appreciate feedback and comments!

20Apr/070

Where’s Eric gone? Clipmarks, Twitter, Flickr, and a new project!

Updates here have been light for the past few months, but that doesn't mean I've stopped writing. I'm getting a bit of a queue built up for a new project (currently in stealth mode) which is a lot of fun. I've actually planned out the first year of the blog for that project, and I'm doing quite a bit of the writing ahead of time to be sure that I've can continue to momentum, even as life tries to get in the way.

In the meantime, I'm of course clipping and commenting up a storm over at http://clipmarks.com/clipper/ericskiff. I've also become quite addicted to twitter. If you're on twitter, you can find me here: http://twitter.com/ericskiff. New photos are always going up on Flickr as well! Last, but not least, Sara and I are still doing The Alternative Music Show.

If you're in NYC and want to play some frisbee, Mike from Blip.tv and I have been putting together a friendly game of ultimate most weekends. Drop me a line at frisbee AT glitchnyc.com and let me know if you'd like to join in!

8Mar/070

Heading to SXSW – New “Skiff at SXSW” blog!

I'm gearing up for my trip to South By Southwest, and I've set up a new blog for the occasion! I'm going to be clip-to-blogging everything interesting I see around SXSW and Barcamp Austin, so I don't want to flood my loyal readers here. If you'd like to follow along, you can check out the "Skiff at SXSW" blog or subscribe to the feed.

By the way, if you're going to SXSW and you're not heading to Barcamp Austin, you've seriously got to come check it out. Sure, you'll have to skip a few talks at SXSW to attend, but there's going to be some seriously smart and passionate people sharing ideas at Barcamp. You'll be very glad you came.

27Feb/071

Some views from the launchpad of Clipmarks 2.0

As launches go, this has been amazing. We got our prerequisite speedbump out of the way early, and since then, things are going really really really really update: REALLY well.

As if things couldn't get any better, Sara sent us this amazing cheese platter!

It's been quite a while since I slept, so I'm just about out of coherent words or sentences, but I'll leave you with some macro zoomed glimpses of life the Clipmarks HQ.

new clipmarks

obigatory super-macro macbook pro keyboard shot

walnut and spicy jack

Cheese house with blueberry residents

27Feb/071

Clipmarks 2.0 is live!

clipped from youtube.com
Clipmarks 2.0, the project that's been keeping all of us here at clipmarks very very busy is finally live! Check out the video for a quick overview of the new features, but there's a few big ones that I want to highlight here.

We've made some huge improvements to the clipping tool, and you now have much more control over the parts of the page that you clip. You can also clip video (like the one in this clip)!

As awesome as those improvements are, the biggest news to me is that you can now post your clips right to your blog.

On the surface, that sounds like just another nifty feature, but once you wrap your head about how people will use it, it becomes not just the clipmarks clipping tool, but an incredibly powerful blogging tool.

Now, you can easily clip something you find interesting, add some comments, and post it to your blog. When it's that easy, blogging becomes an impulse activity, and conversations can be much more fluid.

It's a very exciting time to be working here, and I'm sure today will bring more excitement and surprises.

The site and addons are still very new, so we could use all the help we can get putting them through their paces.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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27Feb/070

Late Night Upload!

We're working away here at the office, getting things ready for the launch of clipmarks 2.0. There's still a lot to be done, but things are looking pretty good, and more than once today I've felt that the stars are aligning.

Of course, you have to take a break here and there to get the blood moving and blow off some steam, so we've been playing a few games of hallway cricket.

I've only broken out my super-goofy "ohmygodtheballsgonnahitme!" dance twice :)

Eric knocked this one out of the park

Mozilla's extension chatrooms

UPDATE: The press has started to roll in a little earlier than expected...
AppScout at PC Magazine

26Jan/075

Happy Australia Day from Clipmarks!

Adam is our resident Aussie here in the Clipmarks office, and he was awesome enough to bring in a few cans of Fosters in celebration of Australia Day! It's been an extremely intense week, and we've got so much amazing stuff coming that we're informally calling it "Clipmarks 2.0" here in the office. Seriously, some of this stuff is going to knock your socks off.

After a week of late nights, it was great to unwind a bit, hang out, and brainstorm over a beer.

Now, Sara and I are headed to California Pizza Kitchen for a much needed night out. Pizza has never sounded so good!

Adam on Australia Day

Eric On Australia Day

Skiff on Australia Day