Just took a quick at Furl, a new web site for organizing bookmarks centrally (tip of the blog hat to Seb). The concept is not new at all, but I have found most of these sorts (e.g. BackFlip) too tedious to maintain. It’s gotta be simple.

Bookmarks/favorites in web browsers have hardly evolved since Mosaic. Even when organized into folders, once past a few hundred, they are unwieldy. And I cannot tell you how many times I was looking for a web site only to realize I had marked it on the home computer. I have resorted to emailing myself URLs on my IMAP account.

But Furl stores them centrally, with flexible topic names, and…. (drum roll please) RSS feeds for my own “Furls”, even feeds for topics within. Now that is different.

Adding a new site to one’s Furl’ed collection is matter of a click of a link on a toolbar “bookmarklet” If you can select text on the web page, it gets inserted into the Furl comments box. Note that to get the bookmarklet tool to work for Safari (like all others, e.g. Google , MT), you need to edit it to use t=getSelection(); rather than t=document.selection; or:

javascript:d=document;t=getSelection();void(furlit=window.open('http://www.furl.net/storeIt.jsp?
t='+escape(d.title)+'&u='+escape(d.location.href)+'&c='+escape(t),'furlit','scrollbars=no,width=475,
height=575,left=75,top=20,status=no,resizable=yes'));furlit.focus();

I hope to “unfurl” a big list of Furls over the next few days

The post "Furl Those URLs" was originally yanked out of the teeth of a rabid chicken at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2004/02/furl-those/) on February 3, 2004.

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