Getting Started

Why should I use Zholink?
You can use Zholink to save links that you don’t want to lose or get lost in all the other articles that show up in your social feed (Facebook/Twitter/Google+) or RSS feed. You don’t want to save everything in your browser bookmarks because that would just become too cluttered. Even then, your bookmarks are limited to that browser on that device or computer.
In the public lists, you can find new articles in the topics that you are interested in.

Why should I save my links?
Some articles or videos we love and want to come back to, but they eventually become difficult to find even with Google. You might remember a funny cartoon you read a few months ago and now you want to show your friend after talking about a related topic. Did you ‘like’ something a month ago and can’t find it anymore? It’s like everything become ephemeral like SnapChat messages. Instead of the articles being deleted, they just get lost in a ton of other links.
Some articles relate to a topic that you’re very interested in, such as artificial intelligence, a specific medical research topic, your favorite sports team, or the industry in which you work. You can find the articles on specific sites, but wouldn’t it be nice if all of your interests were in one place and only the articles that you read or liked appeared in a searchable list?
Sometimes you have a few moments when you’re not doing anything so you decide to check your social news feed and you find an interesting article. You might be standing in line and then it comes your turn, you have to abandon what you were reading and hope that you don’t lose what you were reading next time you open the app.
Some of us are news junkies, but we don’t have time to read all of the articles that we’re interested in. We might have time later, but where are those articles again? With Zholink, we can save these links into our Unread list.
Some of us just like to collect what we like, and keep it so it doesn’t become a big mess.

Why should I use Zholink rather than other apps?
Zholink was developed specifically for saving and organizing links to make them easier to find. Similar apps serve different purposes, such as a nicely designed magazine app or cached web pages for offline reading. Please continue to use those apps, and use Zholink in addition for when you want greater organization and search-ability.

What can I use Zholink for?
Use it to save bookmarks for frequently visited pages that you would like to go to regardless of which computer, device, or browser you are using.
Save links from any app that provides a link (URL) that can be viewed as a web page, such as SoundCloud or YouTube.

Add your reaction (like, sad, angry, amazed) for articles that deserve those reactions.

Add your comments to articles, whether it’s a private note to yourself, or a public note to share what you think.

Tag articles to organize them, and find them by tag. There are a number of options to view tags which are lists of links. View the most popular tags, most recent tags, your most popular tags, and your most recent tags. While viewing those lists, enter a search within a tag list to filter it even further.

You can also view reactions in similar lists just like tags, so you can see what people think about articles and you can track articles that you feel strongly about.
The great thing about having these links organized in these different ways is that you can find links sorted by date or popularity.

How do I register and login with my app?
On Android, if you are not logged in, you will see a login button where the My Links list should be. Click the login button.
On iOS (iPhone), when you click the My Links button, you will see a login button. This takes you to a screen in which you can manually enter a confirmation code or go to the Zholink website. In most cases, it’s better to click the button to go to Zholink.com and register.

A browser will open up a page which will show you a list of icons which correspond to the trademarks of social networking services. Click the icon for the service you want to login with. You can review the website only for more details, but the steps may be slightly different. After you are logged in and have edited your profile, you may see a page or link to register your device. A confirmation code is needed by the Zholink app to match your device with your Zholink profile. When you see the confirmation code, use your browser’s share button to share the page with Zholink. By the way, this is a similar process in which you will send links to Zholink to save those links, but this page is special. When you share the page containing the confirmation code with Zholink, the Zholink app will read the confirmation code and register your device. After you register, you will see the My Links menu of links in the Zholink app, and you won’t have to register again.

Read how to Share a link.

How do I register and login on the website?
In the top right hand corner of the main page, click on the Login button, and several icons will pop up which correspond to the trademarks of social networking services. Click the icon for the service you want to login with.

– If you are not logged in, you will see a login form. Notice in the address bar that it is at the site of the social networking service, not at Zholink. That means your login information is secure on the social networking site. After logging in, it may ask you to allow Zholink to receive basic profile information.

– If you are already logged into the service, it may ask you to approve Zholink to receive basic profile information.

This is called OAuth authentication and it will allow Zholink to receive basic profile information that will automatically enter into your Zholink profile information. If your email is provided, it will NOT be used for marketing purposes and it will NOT be shared.

After approving access, you will be redirected back to Zholink to edit your Zholink profile. You can change your profile name and image if you would like. Zholink doesn’t require a real person’s name. Abuse of this freedom may result in suspension or being banned. Don’t be vulgar, nasty, hateful, or use it to troll anyone on this site.

After you are logged in, you will have access to My Links. These are lists of links of which you have read/unread, liked, bookmarked, tagged, or reacted to.

How to Share an interesting link with Zholink to save it?
Each app (such as a mobile browser) and device may have different methods for sharing (display sharing icon). Even different browsers and browser versions have different menus that you would use to share.

If you see the Share icon share_icon click it, and then look for the Zholink icon zholink_icon .

Otherwise, if you are using an Android device, click the button that will bring up a menu for that app. Some apps may have a 3-dot menu button ⁝ , click it and then select the Share menu item. Some browsers may have a button next to the address bar (such as “More”), which will open up the menu.

If you are using an iOS device (iPhone), the method to share is the Share Drop. Click the share-drop icon ios_share_drop_icon and it will show a list of app icons to share with. If you don’t see the Zholink icon, then click the More button and enable Zholink, and then click Zholink in the share-drop menu.

Refer to the Support site for more Getting Started articles.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

What’s the difference between Like and Bookmark?
Like is a generic rating for a link that you like. You can also rate links with Reactions if you want to be more specific. Bookmark is for links to pages that contain a list of useful links, such as a news site or a collection of related videos. You can bookmark those pages that you’re interested in and new articles or content are constantly being added.

Why not just use a browser bookmark?
Your browser bookmarks aren’t very portable from one device or computer to another, not even to other browsers. Also, do you really want to clutter your browser bookmarks with possibly hundreds of bookmarks? Yes, you can save hundreds of bookmarks on Zholink and find them.

Why should I login with a social networking site? I’m concerned about my privacy.
OAuth is actually better for security since you don’t need another login password to keep track of and make sure it’s secure. Zholink uses OAuth authentication https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OAuth to allow easy access into Zholink and to help verify that you are a real person. When you use OAuth, you’ll see what permissions Zholink is requesting, and you can accept or not. Very basic information is kept, not much, and it’s not used for anything except to verify you are you and fill in your Zholink profile which you can change. Yes, you can change your profile. Zholink doesn’t require your real name like Facebook does. You have more anonymity! But wait, won’t that be an invitation for trolls? See the question related to trolls.

Since Zholink allows more anonymity, won’t trolls take advantage, post bad articles, and post terrible comments?
Zholink is strictly against trolling. This isn’t YouTube or Twitter. Trolls get warned, suspended, or banned! If something offensive is posted, use the Reaction to mark it as Trolling or Adult material. People are allowed to post vulgar or adult material, but it must be marked with a reaction (adult) so that people who don’t want to see adult or vulgar material won’t see it in their lists.

I reacted to a link to flag it, but now I see it in my list of links. How do I make this disappear?
A new setting to block tags and reaction types from your view will be added soon.

I can’t login to this site anymore. What happened?
Make sure you have JavaScript enabled in your browser.
Did you troll anyone? If so, you might have been suspended or banned. Zholink doesn’t tolerate trolls.
Otherwise, if you think it might be a technical issue, please report this issue.

Can I share videos or photos to Zholink?
You can share links to web pages, but not actual photos, videos, or links to specific photos or videos (links with extensions such as JPG, PNG, GIF, MOV, MPG, etc). If the photo/video is embedded in a web page, you can share the link for the web page. You can also share the links in popular photo and video sites, such as Flickr and YouTube.
Why doesn’t Zholink allow the direct sharing of photos or videos?
Zholink is all about saving links with context. There are plenty of other great photo and video sites. Zholink provides greater context and organization of links with the help of web pages that contain a title, summary, and keywords. Photos and videos often lack contextual information needed to help sort them.

I want to find links sorted by the all-time top liked totals or average. Why don’t you have that list?
That top links list did exist, but it became too stale and it wasn’t worth the extra processing that the aggregation server required. The top links just stayed at the top and nothing new replaced it, so it became worthless after a while.

What happens if the web page that my link points to doesn’t exist anymore?
“All good things …” Sometimes that happens. Web sites reorganize and web pages die, or entire web sites go offline. That’s the ever changing internet. It would be nice if Zholink could save all of it, but it would take so much space and get very expensive to archive. At best, Zholink could possibly save the text version of the web page, but not the media. Hopefully the Internet Archive will have an archived version or Google will still have a cached version of it.

I shared a link but in the edit field it says “no title provided”. What should I do with this?
Some web pages just don’t make it easy to get the title and summary. In fact, some web sites, such as LinkedIn, prevent services like Zholink from reading their content. When Zholink can’t read the web page, it gives you this message and allows you to edit those fields. Please fill in those fields with a matching title and summary. No one wants to see a bunch of “no title provided” links.

Why aren’t images being displayed in the media selector list?
Either Zholink couldn’t parse images from the web page, or the web site intentionally prevents viewing those images when it’s not viewed from their site. If you’re a web developer, you might also notice a bunch of browser console warnings such as “mixed content” or 401 errors. Mixed content means that Zholink is loaded over HTTPS and the link is loaded by HTTP, which causes that warning. The 401 errors occur because the site blocked images from being loaded by Zholink.

Check the Support site for updated FAQ