Saving

Best Practice · Last modified July 15, 2009

Provide an easy way for users to save an item of interest. If possible, provide a toolbar link that can be added to the browser.

Build two views of the user's saved collection: a private one showing everything and a public one showing only those items that shave been designated for public sharing.


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What Problem Does This Solve?

A user wants to save an item for later viewing, sharing, or discussion.

When to Use This Pattern

Use this pattern to enable people to save web sites, pages, clippings, photos, videos or other items in an online environment.Use this pattern to allow people to show off, share or collaborate around a collection of online items.

What's the Solution?

  • Provide an easy way for users to save an item of interest.
  • Provide a toolbar link that can be added to the browser.
  • Allow the user to add tags, a description or other metadata to the item saved.
  • Associate the saved item with the user's name and account.
  • When saving, allow the user to specify if the item is public or private.
  • If other people have saved the item before, offer the associated tags as an options.
  • Indicate how many people have saved the item.
  • Consider allowing people to form groups around items or collections of items.
  • Provide an easy way to add an item to a group at the time of the initial save.

Presenting the Collection the Owner

  • Present public and private items.
  • Allow the owner to delete or edit information about the item.
  • Present the collection in reverse chronological order.
  • Allow items to be filtered by tag.
  • Allow items to be filtered by date, month and year.
  • Allow items to be filtered alphabetically.
  • Allow items to be filtered by type: website, webpage, photo, video, clipping of text, audio clips.

Presenting the Collection to Others

  • Allow public items to be presented to anyone.
  • Present items in reverse chronological order.
  • Allow items to be filtered by tag.
  • Allow items to be filtered by date, month and year.
  • Allow items to be filtered alphabetically.
  • Allow items to be filtered by type: website, webpage, photo, video, clipping of text, audio clips.

Considerations

When saving webpages, there are two options, saving a pointer to the original item or saving a copy of the original item:

  1. When saving a pointer, it points to the most recent public version of the item. This may be different than what the user intended to save if there have been updates or changes to the original page. Additionally, there is also the potential for the item to be deleted or moved and the pointer link no longer working.
  2. When saving a copy of the original item, the user is guaranteed to always have access to the item they wanted to save. But, if they saved a URL to a site like a blog or a news site, the page saved will not be in sync with the original site the next time the site is updated.