The ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ nature of Web pages can stymie
researchers who want to reference information, only to have the
page in question change or go away. To save the data, you can cut
and paste everything to your own documents. Or you can use
With a free iCyte account and browser add-on, you can simply
right-click a Web page and create a ‘cyte,’ which saves a snapshot
of that page to your online iCyte account. You can choose to add
the cyte to an existing project or use it to start a new one, and
you can also add tags and notes to the cyte. Storing the data
online with iCyte means you don’t have to worry about losing the
data after a hard drive crash, and that you can easily share it
with others. But it of course also means that you’ll need Internet
access to get to your saved information.
You can then log into your iCyte account to see all your
projects and cytes in a clean, organized display. For any given
cyte, you can view the saved snapshot, or head to the live page as
it currently exists. You’ll also find a nice management interface
for changing a project’s name, making it public or private, or
inviting another iCyte user to join your project.
The add-on’s only real drawback is that it doesn’t yet work with
Explorer 8. The company says it should have a compatible
version by the early fall. It is currently listed as an
experimental add-on for Firefox, but it
didn’t toss up any bugs or any other problems during the time I
spent with it.
iCyte is dead-simple to use, and could be a major free boon to
anyone who does much Web research–or just wants to save page
content that might otherwise change.
Note: The download link takes you to the Mozilla.org
add-on site, where you can automatically install iCyte into your
Firefox browser. To use it with IE 7, visit www.icyte.com and click
the ‘Create Account’ button.