Streamlined Surfing

The Internet can be information overload. How can you keep up with news from hundreds of web sites and blogs? With bookmarks, tabbed browsing, and news aggregators.

Bookmarks, or favorites, are the most common and least understood method of following Web sites. Instead of keeping all your bookmarks in one long list, try organizing them into folders. In Internet Explorer, choose Favorites, Edit Favorites to edit your bookmarks. In Firefox, go to Bookmarks, Organize Bookmarks. I especially like Firefox's Bookmarks Toolbar, which lets you put your most important bookmarks right at the top of your browser window.

Tabbed browsing lets you open more than one web site in a single browser window. Use New Tab under the File menu or my favorite, right-click on a link and select Open Link In New Tab. Another nifty trick, if you close a tab that you want to re-open: right-click the tab bar and select Undo Close Tab.

News aggregators are programs that consolidate information from web sites and blogs. You can organize news feeds (anything with an RSS link) into folders and further sort by topic and thread. I like FeedDemon for Windows and NetNewsWire for Mac.

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Posted byTriona Guidry at 10:12 AM  

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