I'm a Firefox user so I couldn't try it and went on to read the comments instead, especially since the linked website didn't explain anything.
It may be interesting to you that I didn't really understand what this is doing until I read the following comment from citricsquid (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4656462): "Yeah, I save lots and it's always the ones that I don't save that I want after the fact, heh :("
So, this extension allows to search through all the stuff user clicked on from HN? That's great!
If that's true, I'd change the title to this: "Share, rediscover and keep track of everything you find on HN" and also do a better job of describing what it's doing on the website.
P.S. Does it also search the content on all those pages linked from HN?
Does this rely on an external server (assuming so with the API key) and if so how taxing is it for you, is it just going to become too expensive one day and get shut down, or is operation trivial?
It's a really great idea, I had exactly this problem earlier with reddit (I saw a submission about the redbull stratos jump that had a comment I was interested in, but I couldn't relocate the submission...) and it's happened here before too.
yes, it relies on an external server. This is an app we built for our selves, it solves a problem we all have had before so we are not thinking about killing it.
Besides, I am thinking about making it open source so people can easily deploy their own version on heroku for free, it's just a couple of commands.
We'll suport reddit once we complete the HN extension, this is our roadmap:
- map HN usernames (so you can find people easily)
- import saved links
- save link to HN discussion
Yeah, I save lots and it's always the ones that I don't save that I want after the fact, heh :( They have a side bar item that lists the last 5 clicked stories, but it's clientside so it's not helpful either!
in your free time ;o) could you add a way to track users here? i think it would help the site by making personalities more persistent. the idea is that you can associate (private) comments with different users - perhaps they would be displayed when you moused over the username. then you could, for example, add "nice person; helped with XXX" next to someone and try harder to help them out some point later...
I wonder how things would be different if we could "review" other users, Amazon style, on HN. And those reviews would show up at the bottom of your profile.
I wonder if that or something like that would make this a better, or more interesting (or more communal) place. I think the idea as I just spouted it wouldn't help much, but there must be similar concepts worth exploring here.
It was done by a few friends during Rails Rumble. It allows you to share and see what your friends are sharing. Basically, just install the extension and keep upvoting interesting posts as you always do, it will appear in the app automatically. You can also get suggestions.