What it is

Kinnective is a community focused on building and sharing click-driven maps to valuable resources on the internet. Your Private map -- and a rapidly growing, community-based Public map -- are accessible from any device, anywhere, anytime in a user-friendly, mobile-friendly push-button panel.

As a member, you can upload your bookmark files, edit, expand by adding links, contribute to the Public map, discuss contributions, and collaborate toward the building of a map that brings valuable resources within range of a few clicks for all members. We're working on it.

Collaboration is efficient. Let's say 100 individuals interested in photography focus their attention on the "Photography" section of the Public map. By pooling their knowledge, contributing their own bookmarks, and organizing links collaboratively, those 100 users can build a map to photography resources much more comprehensive and useful than any of them could produce individually.

The free trial

Kinnective offers partial access to the map-building and editing tools on a free-trial, no-strings basis. The trial enables you to upload multiple bookmark files, edit them, add to them, and rearrange them. It permits you to download the finished product for use in a browser. It gives you navigation access to the Public map. It does not allow editing of the Public map or contributions to the public map.

1. To get the free trial, click on "Sign In" button. When you see the Sign-In page, click on the free trial button. Use the free trial to experiment and explore. If you convert your free trial account to a full subscription within 30 days, all of your bookmarks will be moved to your membership space.

Want to roll up your sleeves with other members and contribute to the Public map right away? Click on the "Register" button at the bottom of the Sign In page. You can cancel your membership at any time by clicking on the "Cancel" button on the Sign In page. Continued use of Kinnective costs $0.99 a month. By asking members to contribute, we can minimize the presence of advertising on the site.

It's social

Kinnective is very much a community. By enabling a great many users to cooperate in the building of a single, broadly accessible map of useful internet resources, we hope to make navigation of the web easier for Kinnective members, particularly on mobile devices. That's why the site contains features that encourage cooperation and discourage destructive behavior. Contributors to the Public section of the site are expected to treat each other with politeness and respect.

Uploading/importing bookmarks

Okay let's get started. A lot of members arrive at Kinnective with a "favorites" or "bookmarks" file already built in a browser. If you don't have one, no prob. You can start building in Kinnective. But let's assume you do and start with that.

2. The "Upload" button allows you to upload a bookmark file from a computer. This button is not visible on phones and tablets because portable devices generally do not support simple upload functions. On a computer, in the browser, "export" your bookmark/favorites file to the desktop, or to a convenient folder (see your browser's help file for instructions). Then go to the "Upload" page of the Kinnective interface by clicking on the "Upload" button in the main nav, on top.

Then, select the file you want to upload.

Finally, click on the Kinnective button marked "Upload File". Don't worry, the upload will not affect the original file or your access to it. It makes a copy of the file for use on Kinnective. If you want to add a new bookmarks file to an existing collection, check the box that pertains.

By the way, you can download your Private map anytime you want, in the form of a bookmarks file. Just click on the "Download" button on the same page. Then, use your browser's "Import" function to pull the file into your browser.

The Private section

3. Once you have uploaded you favorites file, it will be accessible and editable in the "Private" section of the interface. This is your private space. The interface also includes a "Public" section, where Kinnective users collaborate. The two sections look and work pretty much the same way, in parallel. We'll explain later how to copy and paste between sections.


4. Kinnective's maps are searchable. To get started with a search, click on the "Search" button in the main nav bar.

5. The search interface is fairly intuitive. Type in key words or phrases separated by spaces to find folders and bookmarks that have those items embedded in their titles or in folders above them. Phrases or numbers need to be enclosed in double quotes. For items that you want to avoid, place a minus sign in front of the item without a space. The interface allows you to include "orphan" items in your search. Those are links cut from the system previously. They are stored for about 48 hours, so users have a chance to correct mistakes, where necessary.


6. All Help and contact resources are concentrated in the Help files. You are in the Help file called "Introduction" now. Other files contain deeper detail about particular operations/options in the Kinnective interface

Waypoints and Directions

7. The Kinnective interface has a lot in common with the file trees you see on your computer. But there are a couple of important differences. For one thing, the interface invites a lot more interaction. It's much more flexible and powerful than a normal file tree. Also, the inner workings of Kinnective are based in part on discussion and voting and respectful collaboration.

Those are some of the reasons why we don't use the word "folder" much. We refer to our stacks of links and connections as Waypoints. We think of Waypoints as intersections, or points along the way to a goal, each offering the user a variety of opportunities for interaction.

8. Within the Kinnective system, each element or option in a Waypoint is a Direction.

9. To follow a Direction -- either to a new Waypoint or a destination page -- click the button at the right side of that Direction.

"Arrow" buttons go to other Waypoints and "swoop" buttons go to destination pages out there on the internet.

Drag and drop editing

10. Each Direction on a Waypoint can be dragged and dropped up or down, to change the vertical order of the stack. Just click on or touch the drag handle at the far left of the Direction. The handle will light. Move the Direction to the stacking position you prefer.

Selecting Directions

11. To select a Direction for editing operations, check the checkbox on that Direction, next to the drag handle. Check several if you wish.

Cutting, copying

12. To cut a Direction, or several of them, select the Directions you wish to cut by checking them. Then press the Cut button that appears at the bottom of both the Private and the Public page. The Direction(s) you have selected will disappear.

Those same Directions will automatically be placed on the Copies page. Simultaneously, the Copies button will light up, indicating that there is at least one Direction on the Copies page at present.

Why do it this way? Well, frequently a user wants to cut a Direction from one Waypoint and paste it into another immediately. That can be done by selecting a Direction, cutting it, moving on to the second Waypoint, and pasting. No other steps necessary.

13. At times, a user will want to copy a Direction without cutting it (for example, you might have a branch of links in your Private space that you wish to duplicate in the Public space). In that event, just select the Direction(s) you want and hit the Copies button. The system will copy the items and take you to the Copies page to view all available copies. If you hit the Copies button when no Directions are selected, it will still take you to the Copies page.


14. To add a Direction, click on the Add button. It will take you to the Add page. There, chose whether you want to add a new Waypoint or a destination URL. The rest is simple.


15. The Paste button that appears at the bottom of both the Public and the Private pages relates to the copying functions. If a copy on the Copies page -- or more than one -- is selected there, the Paste button will paste those copies into the Waypoint the user is viewing, and simultaneously cut the copies from the Copies page. The Paste button appears and disappears, depending on whether a copy is checked. Basically, it is visible only when an item on the Copies page has been selected and is ready to be pasted. There is more on that in the Help section on cutting and pasting.

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Discuss button in Public space

16. In the Public section, a click on the Discuss button will take the user to a page that holds a discussion forum and voting tools relating to that Waypoint, including information on the last edit made, who made it, and the "trust point" total associated with that person. There is more on "trust points" in the Help section entitled "Powers."

Notes button in Private space

17. In the Private section, there is a Notes button. The Notes functionality is the same as that offered by the Discuss button in the Public section, but is accessible only to the member.

Buttons at the top

18. The Left Arrow at the top left of the page takes you backwards along the path you have traveled, until you get to the origin point.

19. The Home button takes you to the origin point in one step.

20. The title of the Waypoint you are on appears in large type over the Waypoint. The "Edit" button at the top right allows you to edit the title.

Discussion page

21. Let's return now to the Discussion page, a very important part of the Kinnective system. If you don't get how this works, you will likely find yourself limited in your ability to get things done in the Public space. Again, you get to the Discussion page by clicking on the Discuss button at the bottom right of the Public page.

22. The Discuss button takes the user to a page where users can exchange comments and vote editing changes either up or down. Your credibility and power as a user will increase or decrease depending on how other members react to actions you take.

23. Now let's take a look at the buttons at the bottom of the Discuss page. At bottom left, the Add button lets users add comments to the discussion of a particular Waypoint. When a comment is added, it appears at the top of the stack, with the user's name, plus the time and date when the comment was sent. The comments relate to the single Waypoint identified at the top of the Discussion page.

24. Pressing the Watch button will add the Waypoint under discussion to the user's Watch List. The user will then be notified of changes to the Waypoint, via email. .

25. The next button, with the X on it, removes the Waypoint from the user's Watch list. This allows users to โ€œopt outโ€ of discussions about the organization of a particular topic. .

26. The Invite button will send an email to all of the individuals who have put that Waypoint on their Watch list, inviting discussion of change or proposed change.

27. The top of the Discuss page contains information about the Waypoint under discussion, including info on last edit and who made it

28. The Approve/Disapprove buttons let users register opinions about the last edit. Any expression of Approval/Disapproval affects the trust point total of the user who made the last edit.

29. The Agree/Disagree buttons in the individual comments also affect the trust level of the person who offered the comment. Users who strive to build consensus and seek support will tend to become more powerful and influential, while those who are disrespectful of others will tend to grow less powerful. Long story short, what works is cooperation and consensus.

30. The total "trust points" accumlated in the system by the editor who made the last edit on the Waypoint appear at the upper right of the Discussion page.