What the Fleck?!

So Fleck is live and it’s some sort of web annotation layer thingy:

Fleck.com wants to add a new layer of interactivity to the web. Fleck is inspired on a story written in 1945 by Vannevar Bush and an article titled ‘We Are The Web’ by Kevin Kelly.

Vannevar Bush predicted a machine called the Memex that would allow people to surf from one information page to another. Some people say that Hypertext and the World Wide Web are based on or at least inspired by the Memex.

Kevin KellyOne thing that the Memex had and the web doesn’t is the ability to add new content to every page it contained. After reading the Wired article by Kevin Kelly we decided to try to add a new level to the web by adding new tools that would allow its users to add information rather than just consuming it.

Fleck allows you to interact with pages on the web just as if it were pages in a magazine. You can save your annotated page for yourself, send it to friends or colleagues or use it in your blog.

You can start using Fleck right now. It’s free and what’s best: you don’t have to install anything on your computer. Try the search box at the top of this page or add Fleck to your browser with a Bookmarklet or Extention.

Fleck was founded by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Patrick de Laive and Arjen Schat and is privately funded.


Marshall has more over at Techcrunch: Fleck Offers Zero Friction Web Annotation

So if you feel like Flecking along, why not start with this page right here?

Oh, and check out how they launched their site to the public. Pretty creative.

One Response to “What the Fleck?!”

  1. Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten Says:

    Hi Tim, glad you liked it!

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