Tech Tip: Enhance your browsing experience using bookmarklets

By Julio Franco · 17 replies
Nov 2, 2010
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  1. Enter ‘bookmarklets’ -- small applets stored as an URL that are designed to add 1-click functionality to a browser or web page. They are JavaScript-enabled links you can pull into your bookmarks to interact with whatever page you find yourself on.

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  2. customcarvin

    customcarvin TS Enthusiast Posts: 103   +8

    The optimistic part of me says, "That sounds pretty cool, you could do some unique things with this."

    The cynic in me says, "Great, that's just what we need... more code and stuffs that will slow down web traffic, and that could potentially be exploited."

    Basically, i don't know what to think about this.
  3. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Well, if that's the case, then call me Mr. Cynic.

    I think this is as useless as using your computer with your mouse upside down.

    To be honest, after Speed Dial, bookmark(lets) are becoming pretty obsolete. Not to mention that, in Firefox, you can type anything related to the web page's URL or description, in the AwesomeBar, and it will instantly find it.

    Also, there's Firefox add-on that practically puts the AwesomeBar on steroids. I forgot the name, but this add-on is able to find anything inside the web page, and it will instantly show it to you; right there in the AwesomeBar. So, say, I type "Enter ‘bookmarklets’ -- small applets stored as..." (Which is part of the starting sentence of this article), it will instantly show me this page of Techspot.

    This totally demolishes the purpose of bookmark(lets). As long as you either know the name or anything that was written in that web page, you will instantly go back to it. Provided, of course, you use Firefox. Muahahaha...!
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,668   +988

    You've completely missed the point lawfer, bookmarklets ARE NOT bookmarks.
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I see now. I researched a bit more about what bookmarklets are. It seems quite easy to confuse both, hence my earlier post; which I apologize for.

    I guess I was inherently cynic, after all.
  6. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    I've been using some of those bookmarklets for a while now and I find them to be extremly useful, like instapaper which made my bookmarks less cluttered with stuff i just want to read.
    You should update the list to include Quix which does a load of stuff.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Mmm there are a bunch of other addons that will do this and more, or are specific for one of them at least, can't see the use for them (And its not like they consume a lot of memory, if any at all to complain about them).
  8. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 147   +78

    These are interesting. I like the marklets one which gives me the bookmarklets, with having to clutter up the bookmark bar.
  9. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Never knew about any of these before reading the article, thanks for the info.
  10. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Sounds promising, but having an extra bar in Chromium seems a waste of browsing space. Still worth a peek.
  11. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

  12. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    So - once you've saved some "read later" URLs to instapaper, how do you access them? If it means remembering to to log into yet another URL every day... hmmm...
  13. Download YouTube Etc interesting but I'm used
    it is much easier and more convenient can download videos
  14. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Nice article Thanks
  15. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Good article, but that picture of Ballmer drives me nuts...Jesus he is an ugly man...
  16. rizalp

    rizalp TS Rookie Posts: 39

  17. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    very good article.
  18. ZipZpZowie

    ZipZpZowie TS Rookie Posts: 26

    I wouldn't mind trying a few, but it appears not to work with IE8.

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