Bookmarks are very interesting things. Everybody has websites they want to go to, but they don’t want to have to remember their address to get there. Different people have different ways of solving this problem. Many use many of these techniques that I’ll describe here, but I have a couple of new ideas from products that have recently come out that may give you a new way to handle these links.
Some people just use Google as their memory. Any site they want to go to is just typed into the search engine and off they go. This is a perfectly good method if you are only going to the more popular sites on the web, but for those of us who go off the beaten trail of the Internet. Those who look for resources Google can’t find easily, using bookmarks is a great way to go. You can use your browser’s bookmarks in the drop-down menu at the top of the screen, save it, and off you go.
What happens if you want to bring those links to another computer? Well, in that case you have a few options. The one that I use is actually the crudest, technologically speaking, but it gets the job done, and I think gives you the most control of your bookmarks. Most browsers allow you to export your bookmarks as an HTML file, after you have this file you can e-mail it to yourself, and download the file on whatever computer you want to use. Another option for moving your bookmarks that is exclusively for Firefox is called Foxmarks. This add-on will sync bookmarks between your various computers, but since this is done by an outside service, there is always a possibility of failure, so make sure you back-up those bookmarks periodically.
Finally, what I’m going to talk about today is an interesting new idea and possibility for storing a variety of links on-line in groups. It is called Krunchd. It is in open beta, but I’m pretty impressed with its simplicity and versatility. All you have to is enter the links you’d like on a list, pick a name and description for it and solve a captcha. After that is all done you’ll have a link with all of the links that you have added to the list.
I made an example one at http://krunchd.com/techeapgroup, so that you can see what the end result looks like. In addition to storing your own bookmarks on-line. The folks at ReadWriteWeb point out that this is also a great tool for sharing links with your friends. Simply send them the link, and off they go to the websites you’ve directed them to. This could definitely be a great tool for collaboration.
Bookmarking is a problem with so many solutions that you’ll have to fine the way that works best for you.
If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to comment and join in the linking fun.