Instapaper

There should be an image here!As I’m writing this sentence, an untold amount of content is being published online. By the time I finish writing this post, so much content will have been published online that it would take many years to digest all of it. There’s only so much that a person can keep up with in a day, and that’s why the way in which we consume content has to reflect that. Instead of trying to view and read everything that you’re interested in as soon as you see it, you can use Instapaper to save content for another time.

The idea of bookmarking a Web site to visit later certainly isn’t a new idea, but the simplicity and flexibility that Instapaper gives you will be appreciated. Not only will you be able to view saved content at a convenient time on your computer, but a variety of mobile options also exist if you’re away from your computer but still want to access your content. Keeping up with content is going to continue to be a problem, so you might as well get used to saving content for later.

Xmarks Lives Again!

There should be an image here!This is still in the talking stages and nothing has been hammered out on paper as of yet. Still, it should be noted that it looks like Xmarks could indeed end up rising from the ashes!

This recent blog post reminds us that Xmarks matters to people – big time. Xmarks provides a service that was needed previous to alternatives already existing. Today, it looks like the interest in keeping Xmarks around has taken on a whole new life.

Now there is no way to know how this is going to work out. I mean, there is still the potential for failure. But this kind of glimmer of hope, is just what the doctor order and again demonstrates the power of community over adversity.

Inslices

I don’t know about your Web browser, but the bookmarks folder in my browser is bursting at the seams. I bookmark a lot of stuff, and if I don’t stay on top of managing all of these links, I can quickly lose track of what’s going on. Personally, I’ve found that while I bookmark an entire page, the information that I need may only occupy a small percentage of the page. In other words, why bookmark an entire page when I could just save the part or parts that I care about? Inslices recognizes this issue and has developed a solution for users to benefit from.

The solution is offered through a Firefox Add-on or a bookmarklet. By using Inslices, you can manually select the portions of a page that you want to bookmark or you can let the tool make suggestions about what’s relevant. When these selections have been saved, you can organize them in a visual way and share them with others in order to start some conversations around them. You’ll also be able to see what other people have been saving, which will help to make you aware of other interesting content.

Emotify

As Internet users, we all bookmark and save pages and content that we like so that we can get back to them quickly. When you begin to have a lot of saved bookmarks, it becomes necessary to organize them by topic so that you can find them easily and not waste time looking through everything you’ve ever bookmarked. Organizing by topic makes sense, but how about organizing by emotion? Emotify is a service that enables you to organize content based on how it makes you feel.

That may sound kind of weird, but it’s definitely an interesting idea. You collect the content and tag it by emotion using their bookmarklet. Was it funny, amazing, sad, etc? From there you can create EmotiPacks, which are collections of content based on specific emotions. These EmotiPacks can then be shared with your friends and followers so that they can navigate through them. Take a look at some of the collections on the site to get a better idea of how this works. I second that emotion.

Personalized Search – Unplugged

There should be an image here!Not entirely sure I follow the value here. The fact is that this always felt like bookmarks on steroids. Seriously, if I am visiting a site frequently enough, why would I be search for it?

Then there is the argument that I now need this personalized search needs to be available as a cookie, rather than in the logged in search history. No thanks, you all already have your noses so far up my search history as it is that it really seems to be overkill as it is.

Look, I get that there are going to be individuals that dig this. No, I really do. But I would have to count myself among those who simply are not interested. Honestly, I just don’t care. Instead, keep plugging away on SEO type stuff as I do not use Google as a bookmark keeper myself. Unless this is somehow learning what types of things I find relevant, I am not interested.

Clipmarks

Without bookmarks, the Web browser would be a very lonely and isolated tool. I bookmark a decent amount of content each and every day, and if I didn’t have that functionality, I’d definitely forget about a lot of important stuff. Without a doubt, my online experience would be very different and not nearly as good, however, the problem with standard bookmarks is that many times you only want to save a portion of a Web page instead of the entire thing. In fact, I’m willing to say that the majority of my bookmarks are overloaded with content that I don’t want that gets in the way of the content that I do want. Clipmarks is a selective bookmarking tool that encourages you to save the best parts of Web pages.

By using a provided bookmarklet in Firefox, Flock, or Internet Explorer, you can easily save the specific content that you want directly to your account. E-mailing, blogging, and searching through your clips is also incredibly simple. As if that is not enough, Clipmarks also provides social features that let members discuss and “pop” content that they like to the top of the list for others to see. Now this is what bookmarking should be.

Firefox 3.5 Exposed Users’ Porn Privacy – Users Didn’t Want To Upgrade

In what turned out to be an unusual reason not to upgrade Firefox to the latest version, it is being reported that privacy was an issue. It seems that users had buried their bookmarks deep down into secret files in order to keep their secret lurking private. For those who had hidden their porn sites from view, the new ‘location bar’ exposed the users’ past history or bookmarks the user did not want displayed to others using the same computer.

To correct this problem the folks at Mozilla added this feature:

Ability to Control What Appears in the Location Bar Search Results (Proactive Privacy)

When we expanded the capabilities of the location bar to search against all history and bookmarks in Firefox 3, a lot of people contacted us to say that they had certain bookmarks they didn’t really want to have displayed. In some cases users had intentionally hidden these bookmarks in deep hierarchies of folders, somewhat similar to how one might hide a physical object. Having something from your previous browsing displayed to someone else who is using your computer (or even worse) to a large audience of people as you are giving a presentation, is really one of the most embarrassing things that Firefox can do to you. So now in Firefox 3.5, users have complete control over what types of information are displayed in the location bar (or suggestions can be turned off entirely):

So now you know a way to hide your secret stuff from being viewed by others who use your system.

Comments welcome.

Source

start.io

What’s the first thing that you see when you launch your Web browser? We all use different start pages, but I must admit that mine is pretty boring because I use Yahoo! as my start page of choice. It’s been that way for years, although I’m not opposed to changing it. It would probably be better for me to use a site that links to all of the things that I enjoy viewing each day. Bookmarks are useful, but having all of the essential content on one page would be even better. A service called start.io lets you load up a custom start page with all of your favorite links.

As you’ll see, these pages are simple and can be broken up into categories. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even dig in and edit the layout to make it what you want it to be. I especially like how start.io can indicate when the links have been updated so you know what’s worth visiting. If you’re hesitant to change your start page, just give it a try and see what you think. Changing back is easy, plus you’ll probably end up wondering why you haven’t used something like start.io before.

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BonzoBox

How do you get started on the Internet when you first launch your Web browser? Surely there are certain sites that you routinely visit, and you probably have them bookmarked for quick access. Of course, your browser home page (or start page) is the first thing that you see, and you can sometimes learn a lot about a person by the page that they’ve instructed their browser to display initially. There are multiple services online that make it easy for you to organize some of your most important information in one place and get a good start. BonzoBox is another one of these solutions.

By using BonzoBox, you can save visual thumbnails that link to the pages that you’ve bookmarked. These links can even automatically log you in to some of your Web accounts. Searching through Google is supported, but so is searching through your own saved pages and the pages saved by the community. Multiple account e-mail integration will also help you to stay on top of your Inboxes. The visual nature of the service makes it simple for you to find what you want and discover new things. Isn’t that how you want to get started when you begin a Web browsing session?

LaterThis

While I’m working, I spend a lot of my time surfing the Internet. Hey, it’s part of my job. As you can imagine, it’s easy to get distracted, and I’ve already encountered a few distractions since I started writing this post. When I’m trying to get work done, I can’t always fully explore something that I find, but when this happens, I usually bookmark it and come back to it later. This has worked for me for years, but it’s not always the most efficient way to do things. LaterThis is trying to convince us that it should be a holding tank for Web sites before they become a part of our collection of bookmarks.

If you think of your bookmarks as Web sites that you know you love and LaterThis as a collection of Web sites that you might grow to love, then you’re starting to get the point. The service has most if not all of the features that you’d expect, including bookmarklets and iPhone support. Sure enough, LaterThis feels like another online bookmarking solution, and since it doesn’t truly offer anything new, it would probably be better if the service was just described as an online bookmarking tool.

YUDU Freedom

I create and view a number of documents each day, and I have to say, sometimes I get tired of viewing documents in the same way each and every time. If you’re not messing with documents very often, then you probably won’t be bothered by this, but people like me are exposed to documents so much that we want a different experience. I’m a big fan of books and magazines, and I like the format that they’re presented in. Even if your documents aren’t like books or magazines, you can certainly make them seem like they are with YUDU Freedom.

To get started, select a PDF to upload, enter your e-mail address, and provide some additional information. When your online publication is ready, a link will be sent to you, and you can then view it and share it with others. Your readers can add bookmarks and notes to the publications, and they can also view the content in a variety of ways. Don’t get me wrong, a boring document is a boring document, but YUDU Freedom will make viewing these boring documents a little more interesting.

NetRocket

Bookmarks have changed quite a bit through the years. No, I’m not talking about those things that you stick in books, but instead, I’m talking about Web site bookmarks that you use in your Web browser. They used to be very basic, and you couldn’t really do very much with them. These days you can access them through the Internet no matter where you are, share them with friends, and so on. Since it’s mentally impossible to remember all of the Web sites that you like, it’s important to use bookmarks to some extent, and NetRocket will enhance how you use your bookmarks.

Like other online bookmarking services, NetRocket uses a browser toolbar button to connect you with the service, and you can easily add, tag, and share all of your bookmarks. A lot of the other functionality is similar to what you’ve seen in other services as well, but one of the specific things that I like about NetRocket is that you can schedule reminders to visit certain sites at certain times. Personally, I stay very busy while I’m working, and being able to have NetRocket notify me when I should be looking at a Web site is pretty cool. Not everyone will find this to be useful, but if you need something like this, then here’s your answer.

Siphs

How do you share links that you enjoy with your friends? Many technical folks opt to use a service like del.icio.us to bookmark and share links, but those with friends that aren’t as inclined towards technology may still use standard e-mail to send useful and entertaining links back and forth to one another. Regular e-mail methods work, but they can be enhanced thanks to inventive Web services. Siphs still encourages you to use e-mail to share these links with others, however, it redefines the way in which this is done.

By installing a bookmarklet that works with Firefox and Internet Explorer, you gain instant access to the functionality that Siphs has to offer. The next time you visit a Web site that you’d like to share, all you have to do is click on the Siphs button in your browser, add individual recipients or groups, specify the description, and then send it off to whomever you specify. They’ll receive the message, and once they opt-in, they’ll be a part of this link exchange activity. Another helpful feature of the service is that it stores the links that have been sent and received so that you won’t have to rely on your Inbox to keep track of everything.

[tags]Siphs, Links, Bookmarks, Bookmarklet, E-mail, Del.icio.us, Browser, Firefox, Internet Explorer[/tags]

Total Text Container v0.88

Need a personal information manager that does just about everything under the sun? Well I am not usually a fan of such products (those that do everything) but this time, I might just have to change my mind. The Total Text Container is one of the ultimate tools when it comes to managing your everything!

So what does this freeware download do and what does it not do? Here is a little better description of the Total Text Container from the developers:

Store information, documentation, notes, passwords, images, bookmarks, contacts, calendar events & tasks, import/export Google iCal files. Powerful multi-layer encryption, portable, XML database, all in one powerful user friendly application.

As you can see, it has a little something for everybody. It actually does not look as bad as you might think. I figured that it would look too busy and hectic, but after looking at the screen shots, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

For more details, be sure to check out Total Text Container’s official Web site.

[3M] [Win98/ME/2k/XP] [FREE]

[tags]Windows, freeware, bookmarks, contacts, PIM, calendar[/tags]

Firefox Extensions – Some Can Cause Lockups

For those using the Firefox browser and who may be experiencing lockups or freezes, you may want to take a look at your extensions to see if these could be the problem. Like all software, we hope that they will live in harmony together. Same with extensions. But some may interfere with each other. Some people in the forums have mentioned running 30 or 40 extensions, then wonder why Firefox doesn’t work properly.

What are extensions? These are apps that can be incorporated into the Firefox browser to perform a variety of functions. An example of one of the extensions I use is Forecast Fox. This places an icon at the bottom of the Firefox browser that provides me with the latest weather information and weather for the following day.

Firefox has a listing of extensions that may cause problems located here.

You may also wish to check out the Firefox standard diagnostic page. This article provides information on how to protect your ‘user profile’ in case you experience a problem using Firefox. By maintaining a backup of your ‘user profile,’ you will not lose any of your bookmarks or other settings. The time to back up your profile is before you experience any problems.

I would recommend that you bookmark these pages in case you run into problems at some future date and time. They can be very helpful in getting the Firefox browser up and running again. :-)

[tags]firefox, extensions, diagnostics, problems, profile, usr, backup, bookmarks, settings[/tags]