In the past we’ve looked at various services on which you can share what you find on the web such as Facebook, Twitter, and even your blog. This month we’re going to take a look at a service that hopes to “improve” how you share content from the Web.
Kwout “is a way you quote a part of a web page as an image with an image map. To use this service, all you need is to add our bookmarklet to your favorite browser.”
You can think of kwout as a sort of screen-clipping and sharing service for things you find on the web. The easiest way to use it is to first head on over to the kwout site and install one of the bookmarklets you can find at the bottom of the page. (I’ve chose the “kwout (kwout in the same window)” one.) To install it, drag the link up to your bookmarks toolbar or right-click on it and select your browsers “bookmark this link” option. (In my browser I’ve added it to my bookmarks toolbar just to the right of my EBSCOhost bookmark show in the screenshot below.)
Once installed, go find a site that you’d like to share. Once you’re on that page, click on your kwout bookmarklet.
Give the service a few seconds (depending on the complexity of the page) and when it’s done you’ll see a screenshot of the page with a black background. At this point, use your mouse to highlight the section of the page you’d like to share by click&holding in the upper-left and dragging your mouse pointer to the lower right of the area you wish to share. (Note: If you get a report that your area is too big, try using the zoom slider in the upper-right corner of the page to shrink your screenshot and then redrawing your select area.)
Click the Cut Our button once you’ve successfully selected your area.
Kwout will clip your selected area and then prevent you with your sharing options. On this screen you can choose various features such as which service to share to, the size of your image, borders, shadow, background color and more.
In this example, I’ve chosen to share this image to Facebook by selection “Post to your Facebook” and clicking “Open your Facebook to post this.”
The next screen will provide me with the Facebook sharing screen with the ability to add some text and decide wo to share it with.
In this example, I’ve chosen “Post to your web site” which then allows me to copy some HTML code.
Once I’ve copied the code I need to go to my blog’s create a new post screen and past in the code. (This will vary slightly depending on the blogging platform you’re using. In this example, I’m using WordPress.)
Once I’ve published the post this is what it looks like:
And here is the same post embedded into this blog post.
What makes kwout a little different is two-fold:
First, you could use separate software to capture and edit your screenshot, upload the image to your blog or social network, and then share it, but this makes it a bit more of a straight-forward process using just your browser.
Second, by default kwout preserves any hyperlinks that you may have captured in your image. To see this, in the example above, try clicking on either of the episode titles in the white section on the right. This isn’t something that can easily be done with most screen capturing software. (It also explains why the code for blog posts is so long.)
As always, I didn’t cover every option kwout has to offer but that’s to give you some room to play.
- Install the kwout bookmarklet in your browser.
- Find a Web page or two you’d like to share.
- Create some shares with kwout. Try on whatever social networks you use.
- Write a blog post about your experience. Include at lease one kwout share in your review. What to you think of the service? Might this make your shares any more interesting or attractive to your readers? Are there any shortcomings to this service? Do you think you’ll continue to use it in the future?