I am not sure if this has been mentioned before as I do not regularly follow the forums. I know some time back we got rid of the "Bookmark This Hub" feature on HubPages because statistically, most Hubbers didn't use it and it was taking up valuable space.
Here's a new idea (I hope):
Add a button (only available to signed-in Hubbers) that allows them to check mark Hubs that they want to read, comment on, and/or share LATER. (This could be developed as an automatic opt/in feature for willing Hubbers).
Often times, I like the title or subject of a Hub and I start reading it, and it looks promising, but I just don't have the time to finish it. Many times, I just want to mark and save that Hub for later reading because I just don't have the time to promote it at the moment that I came across it. I really want to come back to it, on demand. I have already exhausted my HubPages Daily Digest Email...
Often times, there is so much useful information in a Hub article that I want to come back and finish reading it, follow it's directions, or reference it in something that I am researching and writing. Then the phone rings (or the baby cries...you get the point) and I have to leave quickly, but I don't want to loose where I am.
Maybe my cell or computer battery died. Whatever the case, I already have a million bookmarks (from HubPages) in my browser. If I bookmark this Hub, I will forget about it and it will surely get lost...I really hate that! I just don't have time to go backwards...And there are So Many Informative Hubs To Read!
Imagine a quick "check mark" option that saves a link to a specific Hubpage that you are reading, and you want to come back to that page quickly and with little effort, later. (So that you can comment and share or finish reading/researching when you have the time to come back...)
Many times I am busy with other things, get called away from my computer, or am just too tired to leave a wholesome comment. Sometimes my laptop/phone battery dies while I am in the middle of reading a great Hub article. Sometimes I really want to go back and make sure that I am following the step by step directions of the Hub I am reading.
I would love to have an automatic "directory" of such Hubs (links) in a private profile/account page so that I can pick up where I left off. Go to "My Account" and look for "Where Was I?" From that tab, I would really appreciate going back to the articles I was reading so that I can revisit, finish my business, and move on. I think this would make for Better Hub activity. And traffic... Just a thought...
What do you think?
You can accomplish many of these things by one of the following.
1) Bookmark the Hub using your browser's bookmark function
2) As @Greekgeek mentioned, you can also save the Hub or other content using something like Evernote, ReadItLater, or Pocket and the browser plugins they provide.
3) You could also print Hubs to PDF files and keep a collection of them on your local computer.
4) Keep a Google Drive, Word, plain text, or other document that has the URLs of the Hubs you wish to track/comment/etc.
Step 1: Middle-click the link so that it opens in a new tab.
Step 2: Don't close it.
If memory serves, they used to have a bookmark feature here that would mark hubs for you to come back to. They eliminated the feature claiming it wasn't used enough and that people could just use their browser bookmarking tools instead.
That being said, you could make a folder in your browser bookmarks for said hubs you want to refer back to.
That's true. There are some side effects (you may be notified about new comments that occur on the Hub), but you can essentially use the follow button on hubs to do the same thing as the old bookmark this hub feature. All the Hubs you follow are available in my account on this page.
FWIW, there's browser plugins so you can do this with any interesting article you come across.
I used to use Read It Later on Firefox or Chrome. i see it's changed its name to Pocket.
I'm sure there's other reading list plugins out there. It's a fairly common wish by many web users, who want the same thing you do for the places they visit.
On iOS, you can click the bookmark button and add to "reading list" instead, and items get switched from unread to read automatically when you visit them later (but you have to manually delete them from the reading list if you don't want them saved any longer.)
If I come across a Hub which I lke, then I bookmark it onto my browser.
One problem I've found with bookmarking is that the hub sometimes disappears by the time I come back. Saving it as PDF file seems the best way at present
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