Twitter Your Clipboard Contents with ControlC

I was intrigued by the Lifehacker post about the ControlC clipboard history site. Using a small client you have to download and install ControlC copies the contents of your clipboard each time it changes to your area of their web site. According the ControlC the clipboard contents are encrypted and private. Visiting the web site you can retrieve all clipboard contents for the last 5 days for the free account. ControlC also does some content processing and knows about hyperlinks to media files like images and videos which it uploads and stores.

By visiting the web site you can mark any of your clipboard contents as public, thus providing a Twitter-like stream of information. List of friends are also provided. ControlC is also open source and works on all major operating systems. The private beta invitation appears to end today so be quick.

For some years I have thought that your clipboard contents history is a very valuable resource. Firstly the select and copy operation is quick and convenient. It works with virtually all applications that you use, and captures snippets of sometimes very valuable information that you would tend not to take the trouble to store in a persistent way.

A couple of years ago I added a trivial extension to my single-page wiki, DotWikIE, that allows that AJAX web application to capture all clipboard text and store it in the wiki. [See my paper about ultra lightweight web applications from page 11 for more details.] A capture from one of the figures from the paper shows the raw content I actually captured when using DotWikIE and contains a seminar title, a URL for an XML document, an RSS feed URL, a product description, a book reference, a piece of HTML that is rendered in DotWikIE, and a JavaScript fragment. The time-stamped capture sequence is also forms a valuable journal and acts like a type of microblog. To my DotWikIE features ControlC adds the convenience of a central web site shared by all machines that you use and the ability to upload media items. I look forward to using it.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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