Apture makes it easy for your visitors

The fine folks at Apture were kind enough to feature this blog on Friday as their Site of the Week. Thanks!

I’ve been using Apture for the past year since I discovered it being tested on parts of the BBC News site.

What is Apture? It’s a powerful tool that lets visitors to your site discover additional information related to what they’re currently reading or viewing in a way that’s unobtrusive, helpful and effective.

Apture says it like this:

Apture provides the first rich communication platform that allows people to intuitively experience the web. […] Apture gives content creators the power to find and incorporate relevant multimedia items directly into their pages. Readers can then access these items without ever leaving the page, providing them with a deeper and more meaningful web experience.

You see the little icons next to certain hyperlinks on pages throughout this site? Like these examples, for instance, copied from a random selection of recent posts:

A good representation there: Wikipedia entries, Twitter ID, a Scribd doc, video, audio. Click on a few and you’ll see for yourself what the free Apture service can do for you (and here’s a recent addition – a LinkedIn profile as a popup). It’s especially easy if you have  a WordPress, Movable Type or Drupal blog: there are plugins.

Check the full details on the Apture website.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Frank Meeuwsen

    I have seen Apture on and off some sites and articles. I was always wondering if it wasn’t some sort of Snapshot-knock off. Just as irritating ofcourse. But seeing it here on your site, it’s not. Looks very interesting and I will try it out on some of my blogs. Thanks for the info!

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