The idea behind Snapzen is interesting. Basically you can snap screenshots of different webpages, store them in one place and then annotate them, before sharing them with colleagues. You can highlight parts of a page, add borders, write on them - all sorts. Its a good idea for educational work - you could create a whole list of pages and then get a class to discuss them. Super for checking out concepts such as the authority of a page and so on.
Had a very nice discussion with Andrew Olivares from Snapzen, and he kindly responded to some questions/criticisms that I had of the resource. At the moment you can only use it in Chrome, which is a bit of an irritant, but Andrew said "Right now you can only create and annotate in Chrome but one thing to note is that you can view and reply in all browsers (Firefox, IE, Android, Iphone, Ipad). Also next month we will be releasing an Ipad version that will allow you to create and annotate just as in Chrome."
I didn't particularly like the way in which the pages were arranged once you'd collected a few - the newest was at the top, the oldest on the bottom. This didn't work for me, because if you're annotating a series of pages you probably want to tell some sort of 'story', so I think a user setting to change the order of first/last would work. Andrew said "We have also been debating over the order of the conversation internally. On the one hand, a participant in the conversation wants to see the recent responses at the top (like email), but on the other hand a new participant may want to read in chronological order. A user setting may well be the way to go for this."
I also suggested sharing via social media, and his response was "A link shared in social media is an interesting option as well, our concern is how do we ensure the privacy of a conversation – a social media link will make it a public conversation. There’s some thinking to be done on this one as to how to balance the privacy of a conversation visa distribution."
It's an interesting tool, and one that is worth taking a look at.