You know when you think your in love with a guy, but he just doesn't have everything your looking for? But your so in love with him you stay with him.... until he eventually leaves you (what?! leave ME!) and you end up finding that new guy (most likely that guy your mom has been trying to set you up with who has the "great personality" you've been avoiding) only to find he not only has everything you've been looking for but (gasp!) MORE! Meet my new boyfriend....
I spent the weekend getting to know clipix. It's everything I have been wanting in a bookmark site... with features I didn't even realize I wanted until they gave them to me! I'm excited to introduce you to it as it does a lot of things I had been longing for in an online bookmarking site. The biggest thing for me is the ability to make boards private!!! Although I know I get a lot of inspiration seeing what other's are bookmarking, there are some things I would rather not share. Like that really cute Etsy find that I can totally make myself...... I'd rather not publicly mark it for all to see I plan on copying it. I don't like to rip off other people's ideas unless it's for personal use only ;) Or when I find something I want to use for business, I don't always want the whole world to see my game plan... especially when I'm planning for a popular venue show! You can also choose to make your boards visible to friends only. Heck you can even collaborate a board with friends! There is a little button on each board that lets you easily add friends to that board specifically or even just email the board to them for veiwing. Hello photographer client tool!!!! I'm seeing many "what to wear" inspiration boards in my future which I will easily send right to my client ahead of their shoots.
You can clip from Facebook which is huge as I follow a lot of my favorite photographers there and like to save their images to inspire me. Not all sites allow you to access images on FB. It also adds a note to each image (usually the title of the article) to the clip for me which saves me a lot of time and hassle. The biggest reason I love the privacy board... sometimes I see things that inspire new ideas in me and I want to make note of what it makes me think of (an original idea that stemmed from the inspirational image). I may not have time to create that idea for a while and I don't want to forget it, but I don't want anyone else seeing that idea until I am able to put it into action either. Up until now I've added somewhat crypitc messages in these cases, or just saved the image to my computer with a note, but I usually end up forgetting it's there until I'm cleaning out my files. That doesn't do me any good!
Another feature I'm loving..... multi boards, sub boards, what ever you want to call them... you can put multiples boards inside one larger board (which for a color coding Capricorn like me is AMAZING). I've broken down my "food" board into all the different meal and drink categories! Now everything is even faster and easier to find.
After just hours of using the site and playing around I pulled out the ipad and searched for an app. I've been trying to find a way to use the other bookmarking sites I love on my ipad but have given up, it was more of a hassle (even with apps) than I was willing to put up with. Well my clipix app was super easy to install and works like a charm! Making me one happy girl! The app was designed for iphone, but I'm having no issues with it on my ipad. Now I don't have to kick myself when I find cute ideas on my ipad rather than my computer. The clip button is right there for me!
I'm not one to "invite friends" to anything on Facebook, I'm just not into it. But I was so excited I invited 50 friends to join before clipix told me I had reached my limit for that invitation LOL. For some reason a lot of my friends got an unsecure message when they tried to access my invite, but I assured them I had been using it and found it to be safe (and so useful). So you may or may not have the same experience. If you do, just tell them to go to the site directly at clipix.com like I did.
I've even added a +clip button to my sidebar to make it easy for you to clip things from MJ&G :) (it's under the find me section with the rest of my buttons).
So my boards are just still little baby boards, growing bigger every day, but here is a snapshot of mine so you can see what all my excitement is about! You can see the little locks at the top of each board which tells me what boards I have marked public and which are private. You can also see one of those multi boards I was telling you about.
You are also able to view the clips from others who are using the site. I feel like clipix focuses a little less on community and a little more on being a useful tool, but if your curious to see who else it out there you can! You can also search the community for specific things you might be looking for. Here is a snapshot of the community page.
I could go on for another hour telling you why I'm using this (free!) site and sharing all my screen captures explaining every detail (like how you can change the color of your wallpaper to suit your style), but I will spare you the boredom of listening to me and just say to check clipix out yourself.
So my biggest plans for my Clipix account is to build my highly detailed planning boards for events (birthday parties, photo shoots, ect) as well as things I want kept private (ideas for that big trade show, business leads, great business card ideas....) What would you use it for?