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The power of Memex is in being able to overcome the "bookmarks black hole" problem where you save tons of stuff but never find it again. Instead it should be easy to save and recover things.
Keyboard Shortcuts (default)
- Save current page:
alt/option + s
- Add tags to page:
alt/option + x, use the layer icon next to each result to add the tag to all open tabs
- Add page to a collection:
alt/option + x, use the layer icon next to each result to add the tag to all
- Open Search Dashboard:
alt/option + f
You can add all open tabs in a window to a collection or tag via the layer icon in the tag or collection selector. Available via the Popup or in-page ribbon, not via dashboard result elements.
- Install Bulk Url opener extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bulk-url-opener/kgnfciolbjojfdbbelbdbhhocjmhenep/related?hl=en
- Create Memex Export Template with just:
- Use the Export on a list of items you want to open and paste them into the Bulk Url Opener extension
All pages you save, annotate, tag or put into a list are available in the Inbox section of the dashboard. There you can further process them later.
How to set this up:
- In our Memex, go to: Settings > Import & Integrations > Readwise Integration
- Enter and confirm your readwise API key that you find here: https://readwise.io/access_token
How to use it:
Press cmd+y (mac) or ctrl+y (win+ linux) in the editor field to add the current youtube timestamp.
In the editor there is a ? button that shows all the formatting options.
You can create links to highlights by clicking on the lock icon on each annotation card:
Recipients see the highlight this way:
You can send people a link with all annotations on a page
Your personal data is by default stored locally, both in the Memex browser extension and Memex Go, the mobile app. The actual location of your data will depend on your browser. For example see this Firefox forum to read about where Firefox add-ons data is stored and see this Chrome support channel to read more about where Chrome extension data is stored.
To facilitate the sync and cloud backup, your data is also stored on our Firebase servers. We do value privacy a lot, but encrypting this data is right now outside of our capacity and has strongly negative impact on our ability to iterate on the product quickly and to get it to a point of high user value. We tried with earlier iterations of the sync and backup but it was a real mess. Instead we choose the route of changing Memex business incentives to prevent data exploitation. Namely our company cannot be sold and offers only capped profits for investors and the team. We do this to remove the profit maximisation incentives usually leading to data & privacy exploitation.
Automatic backups to your local hard drive (and via your favorite cloud provider's local folder) would be completely impossible without the app. Due to the browser's security features, extensions can't automatically save things on your hard drive. Therefore it would cause a lot of clicking (= pain) to do incremental backups on your local hard drive. You would need to select a folder each time you want to make a backup.
Bookmarks made in the browser are synced to Memex, however not vice-versa. Memex saved pages will not appear in your browser bookmarks.
Support a Venture Capital free service
We want to protect users and their data from profit maximisation incentives resulting from uncapped profit potential. Memex is built without equity-based Venture Capital investments and caps investor and team profits . We want to build a service that people are willing to pay for because it solves problems for them, not grow at all costs with free services to then build privacy violating business models on top.
If Memex is already useful, you can see yourself using it for a few years or you want to support an alternative way of running a business, you can support us with our $150 Pioneer plan while we are in beta. In return it'll give you (at least) 3 years of Memex subscriptions once we launch them.