Don’t bookmark it–Furl it!

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I consider myself a fairly organized person. And I usually am, except for those times when I’m not, and I’m definitely not organized when it comes to keeping track of things I find on the web. Sure, I have URLs bookmarked in my browser, but I also have them scribbled on sticky notes, listed in “sites” files and stored in Palm Pilot memos. I email site links to my web mail accounts so I can get to them from anywhere. If I need a bookmark that’s stored on my browser at work, but not on my home PC, or vice-versa, I’m out of luck. Oh, and did I mention all the URLs I have highlighted in various magazine articles, e-newsletters and e-mails that I’ve printed out?

It’s a mess, completely disorganized and essentially useless. I have to look in so many places to find anything that by the time I’ve found it, I’ve forgotten why I wanted it. As a writer, when I need information, I need it now or the entire writing process grinds to a halt. This is not a good thing. But I think I found the answer: Today I stumbled across Furl.

“Furl is a free service that saves a personal copy of any page you find on the Web, and lets you find it again instantly by searching your archive of pages. It’s your Personal Web… Each member gets a 5-gigabyte personal archive, large enough to store tens of thousands of pages… When you want to find something again, enter any word or phrase you remember from it… Even if a page has disappeared from the Web and other search engines, you’ll still have a personal copy.”

Yes, I know about del.icio.us, and spurl, and I’m sure there are others, but Furl caught my attention while I was surfing LookSmart’s www.findarticles.com. I signed up and immediately became a Furl Freak. Now, I save everything I think I may ever need using the Furl It! button I installed on my browser toolbar.

Maybe I’ll finally get organized…

2 Responses

  1. happyandblue2 says:

    I actually got here via your Lockergnome article but since I have a Blogger blog I’ll comment here.
    Your idea of emailing bookmarks is what caught my attention. I think that is a great idea for saving bookmarks.
    I’m personally not a big fan of signing up for anything but emailing my bookmarks would save them if my system ever crashes. I’m going to do this with my gmail account.
    Thanks..

  2. Anonymous says:

    I use a program called Local Website Archive which appears to do the same thing but is local to my computer. I belong to some pay sites so the idea of that content being on someone elese’s machine doesn’t sit well with me.

    http://www.aignes.com/wsarc/index.htm

    They have a free and paid version. I’ve been using the free version but will probably upgrade soon.

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