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Bookmarking URLS Favicon Style

fav-best-gedEver since internet browsers appeared the term bookmark has taken on another definition and several sub-definitions associated with it’s use.  Anyway, today bookmarking usually refers to actually saving one of more of your favorite sites in a folder named bookmarks or favorites that’s stored under your browser’s menu and in an html backup file.

First, there’s basic bookmarking that we’ve all come to know as the ‘bookmark’ or ‘favorites’ button on our browser menu bar, or CTRL D
on the keyboard, or the right-click drop down menu selection ‘bookmark this page‘.

Secondly, as a subset of basic bookmarking there’s also the common practice known as social bookmarking where we share our favorite websites or  bookmarks with the world at large through social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Digg, or Stumbleupon, and through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. This particular article is not about social bookmarking.  That’s a large enough topic for another series of articles.  This is about basic bookmarking for personal and business purposes.

Sharing, promoting, and saving both link based bookmarks or shortcut links and text based bookmarks has become something that I do routinely, and so much so that my browser’s bookmark menu has become ‘too big to manage’.  Has your bookmark menu outgrown it’s habitat to?

I wondered if there was something that would make bookmarking easier.  Can’t I do a simple one click, drag ‘n drop style bookmark.

I proceeded to make the browser window smaller so that I could see my desktop at the same time and then the trick came to me by staring a little longer than usual at my browser’s address window and that little square on the left of the address window that seemed to change all the time.  That little square is called a favicon.

I grabbed hold of  it with a left click and dragged the site link right onto my desktop.  Voila, a simple one click drag n’ drop bookmark!  This also works by dragging the favicon right down on to your task bar and as you hover over the task bar the browser will automatically minimize and the desktop will appear and then you can release the shortcut on to your desktop.

That’s also what I call, in effect, “off browser” bookmarking and the same technique works for “on browser” bookmarking to.  Simply left-click and drag the favicon over your browser’s bookmark or favorites menu button and when the menu automatically opens, continue to hold the link until the folder you’d like to save to is lit up and release the mouse.

I then made a LINKS folder on my desktop as a main storage folder and started to drag n’ drop links directly into it.  Soon I could see the dominant or distinct categories and groupings of links and then made a separate folder for each within the LINKS folder.

Off browser, favicon style bookmarking gives me a granular sense of the sites that I like or that I like enough to share with others – and all without having to clog up my browser’s bookmark menu.

The technique saves me loads of time because I can manage, organize, and access all my bookmarks without going online and naturally, of course, I must actually be online to access the sites that the bookmarks link to.  When I am online here again it saves time because I don’t have to wait for or wade through my browser’s long bookmark menu every time I want to bookmark a specific type of website.  I can simply use the one click trick and get right back to business.

I still use my browser’s bookmark menu feature to access the sites I visit on a regular basis but not for all the other types of sites that I want to save or share.

Finally, you may need the text url in order to share it in emails or paste into your url shortening service.   Simply right-click on the shortcut link itself and select properties and within the properties window is the text url.   Right-click, copy and paste into any document you wish.

Enjoy all the time and many websites you’ll save and share as a favicon bookie.

That’s the story of the favicon’s escape, surrender to capture, and confession to distributing raw & uncut hypertext across the borderline.  All are now living with relatives under house address.