Twitter Your Clipboard Contents with ControlC
7 February 2008
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.