Genius Beta

Annotate the Internet

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Tom Lehman
@dumbnamenumbers · Co-founder & CEO, Genius
My co-founder Ilan and I are psyched to share an early look at the future of Genius / the Internet with y’all!

As you probably know, Genius started as a project to annotate hip-hop lyrics. We’ve since expanded beyond music into annotating all kinds of text — literature, political speeches, the Bible, etc.

Now we’re embarking on our biggest challenge yet: annotating the entire Internet and in doing so fulfilling one of the fever dreams of the early web. Not many people know this, but when Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina were building the first version of Mosaic, they included a feature that allowed users to annotate web pages, but ended up scrapping it for technical reasons.

Here’s how to use the Genius Beta:

To annotate any web page, just add the prefix “genius.it/” to its URL. For example, check out the annotated version of this very page: genius.it/producthunt.com/posts/genius-beta.

For an even smoother experience, you can annotate with our Chrome extension, bookmarklet, or iOS app.

So check it out and remember: this is beta software! We need your ideas and feedback to make it truly great. Post your thoughts and questions in this thread and let’s work together to make the annotated Internet a reality!

Much love,
Tom & Ilan, Genius Co-founders

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Tom Lehman
@dumbnamenumbers · Co-founder & CEO, Genius
My co-founder Ilan and I are psyched to share an early look at the future of Genius / the Internet with y’all As you probably know, Genius started as a project to annotate hip-hop lyrics. We’ve since expanded beyond music into annotating all kinds of text — literature, political speeches, the Bible, etc Now we’re embarking on our biggest challenge yet:... Show More
Tucker Max
@tuckermax · CEO, Book In A Box
I've always been fascinated with your company, and always wondered where you guys are going. Annotation of the web is a great next step. A few questions 1. Do you see this annotation layer as being the "plaza" of conversation around articles and other things on the internet? Or a supplemental layer of content 2. How do you intend to sort out the valuable... Show More
tom meagher
@tomfme · now is good.
This makes Genius a lot more convenient! Super excited to use this in my day-to-day browsing. First impression: the annotation box is a little visually overwhelming. Lot's of gray buttons all over the place.
Andy Davis
@mrandydavis
About time this existed.
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Erik Torenberg
@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Tom and Ilan will be here at 9am PST to do an AMA - let's ask great qs for them! I have a couple below Also - just released a podcast with them: https://m.soundcloud.com/product... Q's: 1) How have you thought about building this new product while at the same time growing from Rap Genius into Sports Genius, Fashion Genius, and other verticals? Is it two... Show More
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