Gloss Lets You Highlight And Save Snippets Of Text On The Web

Gloss Lets You Highlight And Save Snippets Of Text On The Web

Ever wanted to save just one sentence of a web page? Or have you ever bookmarked a page, or sent it to your favorite read-later service, only to come back and wonder what the hell it was you’d wanted to remember?

Then Gloss is for you. It’s a bookmarklet and service that lets you highlight a single line of text on any web page, and it rocks.

Sign up for a free account, install the bookmarklet (do yourself a favor and do this part on a Mac, not iOS) and you’re done. To use, just tap (or click) the bookmarklet (it works on iOS just fine) and then mouse over the page. The sentence under your cursor/finger is highlighted in pale yellow, and when you click it goes dark yellow. And that’s it.
Gloss Lets You Highlight And Save Snippets Of Text On The Web
All your saved highlights are available on the Gloss site, arranged by date, and listed using the title of the page they came from. Click one and you’re taken to a very clean, text-only page which has your highlight placed in its original paragraph for for context, with the paragraph grayed out and your highlight in black. There’s also a link to the original page, and mousing over it shows the URL.

It’s fast, polished, and super-useful. It’s also free, which I find a little worrying, but that’s no reason not to go try it right now. And it even works inside your other read-later websites, Instapaper, seen above.

  • Atienne

    Maybe it’s just my paranoia, but these days I wonder if FREE apps like these only server to feed demographics to companies which they in turn sell info about me. After a while, they know what interests you. I don’t really care but if it were otherwise, would they not just sell it for .99?

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