Product Updates

Showing Orphaned Annotations

Reuniting annotations with their targets in real time is core to the recently standardized web annotation model. This is fundamental to web annotation’s key benefits: that annotations lay over the web, can enable the collaborative annotation of documents like PDFs, can be searched and discovered across documents and websites, and, importantly, are under users’ control instead of publishers’. Learn how Hypothesis' ensures annotators can find annotations that have become unanchored to content.

By |2017-12-13T20:42:24-08:001 Mar 2017|

Our Millionth Annotation

It was getting close to midnight and the Hypothesis team was watching the counter of total annotations tick up: 999,646...999,752...999,845...by 10:37pm Pacific Time it was 999,959 and we knew we’d reach one million annotations that night. People all over the world were busy taking notes using Hypothesis—students, journalists, researchers, scientists, scholars—most without knowing that our team and the annotation community on social media were rooting for their work. Countdown tweets for a #millionannotations were starting to gather an audience. Who would add the millionth annotation?

By |2017-09-15T22:46:28-07:004 Feb 2017|

Counting Down to a Million Annotations

By the end of today, someone will make the one-millionth Hypothesis annotation. Who will it be? Will they be factchecking a news article? Linking crucial information to a scientific study? Unpacking a short story with other students? Collecting data for new research? We are about to find out!

By |2017-12-13T20:42:17-08:002 Feb 2017|

Introducing Search and Profiles

Up until now, Hypothesis users have been able to annotate, reply to, and read through annotations. These basic capabilities have generated an explosion of activity: as of yesterday, our community has created a total of 882,053 annotations! With this release we're introducing two key features to help you navigate this new layer of information spreading across the web: Search now makes it easy to filter all annotations by keyword, tag, group, or linked page. Profiles finally provide a true home for users and groups—both for themselves, and for others that want to explore their annotations.

By |2017-05-30T10:19:44-07:0014 Dec 2016|

Annotating PDFs Without URLs

For sometime now, you've been able to annotate PDFs using Hypothesis, both on the web and locally, with hosted PDFs syncing with local instances and various local instances syncing with each other. Jon Udell wrote about this magical feature here over a year go. For those that tried it out, however, there was one annoying snag, especially [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:42:09-07:0013 Jun 2016|

Involving Page Owners in Annotation

UPDATE to a previous post "Preventing Abuse". UPDATE (2017-02-26) In 2016 we held a panel discussion on this subject at I Annotate. https://youtu.be/i2yFnu_pCGI?t=1s In light of recent events (here, here, and here), Hypothesis launched a small research initiative to gather different points of view about website publishers and authors consent to annotation. Our goal [...]

By |2017-11-10T17:55:28-08:0024 May 2016|

Preventing Abuse

UPDATE (2016-05-24) "Involving page owners in annotation". Recent events (here, here, and here) have prompted us to rethink how the technology we are building can be used not only to discuss and enlighten, but also to harass and abuse. Here's the heart of the matter: most web annotation systems, ours included, don't currently provide [...]

By |2020-03-22T17:41:52-07:0029 Mar 2016|

The Annotated FAQ

A few weeks ago we published a frequently-asked questions page at https://hypothes.is/faq. In the time-honored tradition of the internet FAQ, we want ours to be a living document that evolves as we add features and interact with users. That tradition is often more honored in the breach than the observance, but we have an ace [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:49:06-07:0028 Jan 2016|

Introducing Groups

Our mission here at Hypothesis is to enable a conversation over the world's knowledge. So far that's been a public conversation. But some conversations need to flourish in private spaces. You've always been able to create private annotations that only you can see but, until today, not annotations visible only to a group. That's what we're launching [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:10:58-07:003 Nov 2015|