If you want to return to a first-rate online source, you’re likely to use a shortcut,
such as a bookmark or a favorite. If you use the Netscape browser, you
bookmark the Web page. This acts as a shortcut to the online source.If you
use the Internet Explorer browser, you save the page as a favorite. (I refer to
both of these types of shortcuts as bookmarks for this section of the article.)
If you’ve used the Internet for a while, you likely have a long list of bookmarks.
Today hundreds of bookmark managers can help you with the following
Eliminating dead links: Frequently, Web sites merge, go out of business,
or are redesigned so that the page you have bookmarked no longer exists.
Lessening errors in subfolders: Sometimes bookmarks are filed in the
wrong subfolder or you forget which subfolder contains the specific Web
page you’re seeking.
Increasing portability: In many cases, the bookmark you’re seeking is
saved on your desktop computer and is not accessible from a remote
computer, such as at your local library.
Reducing the cumbersome nature of your bookmarks: Systems that
include hundreds of bookmarks in dozens of subfolders often don’t
allow for easy access to the specific bookmark you seek.
If you want to tame your bookmarks so that you get the most out of your
online experience, it’s wise to use a free online bookmark management service.
Not only can you continue to create bookmarks to your favorite Web
sites, but you often can use the bookmark lists others have created for the
topic areas that interest you. This service can shorten your online research
time. The following are a few examples of bookmark management services:
FreeLink (http://wwwfreelink.org), shown in Figure 2-3, provides free links
(both public and private) with password protection that you can use
anytime from anywhere. You can build your own hierarchy of bookmarks
or start with one of FreeLink’s samples to organize your interests.
Backflip (http://wwwbackflip.com) is listed as one of PC Magazine’s top
100 Web sites. Backflip gets you back to the Web pages you have saved
and allows you to share your bookmarks with others. Backflip is a free
service that lets you organize and search your Web sites in your own
Yahoo!-style directory, and you can reach your bookmarks from anywhere
on the Internet.
MyBookmarks.com (http://wwwmybookmarks.com), with your registration, is
a free Internet service that allows you to keep your browser bookmarks
and favorites online so that you can access them from anywhere. For a
quick start, you can import your existing Internet Explorer and Netscape
bookmarks and AOL places. You can edit and organize your bookmarks
and then export them back to your browser.