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Personal/offline permanent hyperlinks to annotated webpages

I'd like to be able to have multiple annotations on a webpage, and be able to create permanent hyperlinks to those webpages which I can reference from other browser extensions/web apps/bookmarks/etc.

Using https://worldbrain.helprace.com as an example, this would become something like:
moz-extension://6a010829-06a2-446a-92a3-86d115f3a5a7/https://worldbrain.helprace.com

This would then open the indexed lightweight page and the annotation sidebar would already be open.

Benefits:

- Navigating to an annotated webpage would be faster than the current workflow (navigate to webpage, mouse hover over sidebar, then click open annotation sidebar)

- Being able to navigate to a lightweight indexed version of webpage would be faster than opening the online webpage if you just want to view your annotations

- Often times webpages go offline permanently and use redirects to 404 pages or even other domains. This feature would enable you to easily always have a personal hyperlink to that annotated webpage

- If a webpage has multiple URL versions (e.g. https://youtu.be/hA6hldpSTF8 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8; or many Amazon links; or links with Google Analytics referrers), this can be a way to set the canonical (primary) webpage

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Hey Aaron, 

thanks for the detailed request! 

> I'd like to be able to have multiple annotations on a webpage, and be able to create permanent hyperlinks to those webpages which I can reference from other browser extensions/web apps/bookmarks/etc. 

Do you mean you want to select multiple annotations on a page and share links to those annotated versions of a page with others? If so then we are going to have that soon :)
Until Q2 we want to have launched our preview release of the ability to do just that. 
The Preview Release will be invite-only to people supporting us in the presale of those features. (worldbrain.io/pricing) 

> Navigating to an annotated webpage would be faster than the current workflow (navigate to webpage, mouse hover over sidebar, then click open annotation sidebar)

We are currently working on the ability to search all annotations via the in-page sidebar and via the dashboard. So that would be solved soon too. 

- Being able to navigate to a lightweight indexed version of webpage would be faster than opening the online webpage if you just want to view your annotations

Alternatively to the search, you can already search for the page in the dashboard and then open the sidebar there. Then you'll see all the annotations on that page without needing to load the page again. 

> Often times webpages go offline permanently and use redirects to 404 pages or even other domains. This feature would enable you to easily always have a personal hyperlink to that annotated webpage

Yes this is a common problem we hear. To solve this we will partner with the internet archive to provide a fall back to the version you annotated once it goes offline. Also we plan to integrate local-first saved versions of pages in 2019. 

> If a webpage has multiple URL versions (e.g. https://youtu.be/hA6hldpSTF8 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8; or many Amazon links; or links with Google Analytics referrers), this can be a way to set the canonical (primary) webpage

This is a more difficult problem to solve which we would need to tackle next year too. It's hard to make opinionated decisions on how to normalise/unify URLs so that this will be possible. We remove the referrer links "utm" things already though. 

Hope that answers your questions satisfactory. Let me know if I can help you more :)

Hi Oliver,

> Do you mean you want to select multiple annotations on a page and share links to those annotated versions of a page with others?

No, I don't want to share the links with anyone. I'm talking about creating a "local-first saved version of pages" and having a personal/offline link to each saved webpage that only *I* can access. These annotations should stay offline stored in my browser.

> Alternatively to the search, you can already search for the page in the dashboard and then open the sidebar there. Then you'll see all the annotations on that page without needing to load the page again.  

For sure, I just wish I could see it in the context of the local-first saved version of page and had 1-click access to it via a link.

Good to hear this is already planned for 2019 and you're taking into canonical URLs and webpages that go online :) looking forward to these updates