Iterasi Your Own Personal Wayback Machine

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 10, 2008
Updated • Aug 20, 2013

Iterasi is a dynamic bookmarking service that provides users with the option to capture entire webpages instead of just bookmarking an url or thumbnail of a website. Iterasi saves every element of a website including links and images which is an excellent way of keeping track of interesting articles, link lists, order or signup confirmations and remarkable forum and blog discussions.

The service is therefore not a direct competitor of services like Delicious or Digg but complements them and there is a good chance that users of those services will work with both Iterasi and their primary social news and social bookmarking service.

The copy of the selected page is saved to the Iterasi account that a users needs to use the service. Iterasi is calling this process notarizing.

Add-ons for Internet Explorer and Firefox 2 / 3 are provided after signup which can be used to notarize pages quickly. Firefox users have to add the buttons manually by right-clicking the main toolbar of Firefox and selecting customize from the menu. After that it is just a matter of locating the Iterasi buttons and dragging them on the toolbar.

Four buttons are provided of which only one is really needed. The Iterasi button provides a menu with all options to notarize and view pages. The other buttons are quick access buttons for specific features like notarizing a page.

The user may import bookmarks from Firefox, Delicious or a local file into Iterasi.

After clicking the notarize button a popup appears that is showing a screenshot of the website. Optional information include notes, tags and selecting a folder to store the page in. Tags are suggested on that same page as well.

There is nothing dynamic about this process so far but that comes into play when the user opens the scheduler. The scheduler can be configured to download a new snapshot of a website at a specific interval, for example once a day at 6 pm. Those snapshots are then stored next to the other snapshots that have been taken previously and this is where it becomes much like the Wayback Machine with the difference that Iterasi can save a page more frequently.

Another interesting option is to share snapshots with other users. This can be done in three different ways:

  • Email: A simple email form that will send the Iterati page to the recipients
  • Embed: Useful for websites, blogs and forums. A screenshot will be embedded that functions as a link to the Iterasi page.
  • Short URL: A short url is created that can be used for services like Twitter.

Users who receive the link will see the saved snapshot of the website and not the original one. This has to be this way because websites can change but the snapshot will remain the way it was. Iterasi provides an option to subscribe to public pages of users via RSS News Feed.

Iterasi is currently in public beta. Everyone can register an account and start adding snapshots of pages to the service. No information was available if the service set a maximum file size limit for all stored snapshots.

Update: The service, while still available, seems to only be available as a commercial service and not a free product anymore. Try the Firefox extension Mozilla Archive Format instead to save websites to the local system.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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