Curate.Us allows you to make both visual clips and formatted quotes from web content that you can post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, your email, or your web site. Clips are screenshots that link back to the original source. Quotes made with Curate.Us extract relevant passages from any web content, format them, and also link back to the original source.
Simply drag the “Make Clip” button in the upper right-hand corner of the Curate.Us homepage to your browser toolbar. That’s it. Now you’re ready to create clips and quotes of almost any public web site or page. You can also copy and paste the URL of the web page you want to clip into the box on the Curate.Us homepage.
No, there is no need to sign up or create an account. Curate.Us is available for everyone to use freely.
You can clip any public website or web page with Curate.Us. Clicking on a clip will bring you back to the original source of the clip. Your clip will show the format and content of the site or page at the time you created the clip. If the site or page you clipped is no longer available, your clip will be a permanent record of that content.
There are two ways to make a clip with Curate.Us. When you find a web page that you’d like to clip, you can copy and paste the page URL into the box on the Curate.Us homepage and click the “Make Clip” button. Or, if you have installed the Curate.Us “Make Clip” bookmarklet on your browser toolbar, all you need to do is click it to clip or quote from the page you are currently looking at.
Once Curate.Us has created your clip, you’ll see it pictured along with various formatting options. You can change the clip view of the page by dragging the red frame on the left-hand side of your screen to the point on the web page that you want visible in the clip. You can also change the dimensions and alignment of the clip. You can also add your own commentary on the note feature.
To post the clip, simply click one of the social media buttons or click the <Embed> button and paste the embed code wherever you would like to post it (e.g., emails, websites, blog posts, etc.).
If you find a passage on a web page that you’d like to quote, just select the text and click the “Make Clip” link on your browser menu bar toolbar. Once Curate.Us creates your quote, you will see it displayed on a Curate.Us page along with formatting options. You change the font size, page width, and alignment of the quote. To embed the quote, simply copy and paste the embed code anywhere that you want to display it.
Once you’ve created your clip or quote, simply click the <Embed> button and then paste the embed code into your blog, website, or even an email.
Clips are automatically generated at their maximum size. You can make the visual clip smaller by clicking on the red arrows in the lower right corner of the clip and dragging the mouse toward the center of the clip. Regardless of the size you choose, visual clips will always maintain the same proportions. You cannot make a visual clip larger than the size generated by Curate.Us.
Yes. You can adjust both the font size and how much of the page width the quote will take up. You can also choose whether the quote will be centered or floated left or right on your page. The available formatting options are located below the embed code. As you select the various options, you can see how your quote will look. Once you’ve finished formatting your quote, copy and paste the embed code into your blog or website or click any of the social media icons on the formatting page to post it automatically.
No. You can only use Curate.Us on regular web sites and pages, although these may contain images.
No. However, if you select 100 or more words from any web page to quote, you will see a message reminding you about fair use. Fair use is a doctrine of U.S. copyright law, which allows the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material into another author’s work. How much of a text may be legally quoted under the doctrine of fair use will depend on a number of factors and tests that will vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It is up to you to use quotes and clips responsibly. We suggest you err on the side of caution whenever quoting somebody else’s work.
Yes. Once you’ve generated your clip, you will see an image of the entire clipped web page on the left-hand side of your screen. A red frame indicates the part of the page that will be visible in the clip. To change the clip view, simply drag the red frame to the part of the page that you want visible in your clip.
Visual clips constitute transformative works for the purpose of criticism or recommendation and are, therefore, subject to the doctrine of fair use. Since we limit the size and resolution of clips, most of the content in a visual clip is unreadable. In order to read or clearly view clipped content, you need to click on the clip, which will bring you to the original source. However, it is up to you to ensure that your specific use of clips complies with the law.
No. Whenever someone creates a clip, our servers query the original source of the clip. If the page you are trying to clip or quote is password protected or located behind a firewall, our servers will not be able to access it to make a clip. However, just as anybody who has access may cut and paste text from a private page, Curate.Us may be used to quote private text. Our system will warn you when you do this.
No. Curate.Us maintains your clip and all prior and subsequent clips of a site to form a permanent record of website changes over time. You always have the option of updating a clip to reflect changes to a web page.
Clips are updated when a user requests a new or updated clip. For popular sites, like major newspapers, clips will be updated frequently. Sites with less traffic will be updated less frequently. For sites that use the “Clip this story” button, clipped content will be automatically updated when new pages are published.
Yes. You can post Curate.Us clips and quotes on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
If you just highlight and copy the embed code and then paste it into an email message, your browser will only copy the text of the code. However, if you click the “Copy to clipboard” button on the Curate.Us page, both text and rich text versions are copied to your clipboard. When you paste the rich text into your email, you will see your formatted clip or quote. Please note that your email program must accept rich text in order to send clips and quotes. Apple Mail, Thunderbird and most web mail programs like Gmail and Yahoo mail accept rich text, but Outlook and Entourage do not. If your email doesn’t accept rich text, then we suggest sending the shortened link that Curate.Us automatically generates with every clip and quote.
When you make a clip, the Curate.Us servers query the website. If there are pop-up or interstitial advertisements on the site, Curate.Us will capture these in your clip. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this issue. Also, if the site you are trying to clip is experiencing a high volume of traffic, Curate.Us may be unable to render the requested clip at that time. If this happens, we suggest that you try making the clip again later.
Some web pages, like the main or home page of an online newspaper, will update their content frequently. In order to update your clip, click the “Refresh this clip” button in the lower right-hand corner of the clip-formatting page. You can refresh a clip every ten minutes.
Yes. When you create a clip, you will see a formatting page that includes the “Add note here” function. Your note will look like one of those ubiquitous sticky notes that everyone is so fond of. You can place the yellow sticky note anywhere on the clip by dragging the note to the desired position.
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