I noticed recently that many sites, applications and services are offering bookmarklets. I know I have about 40 of them, of which I use 10 very regularly.
For those of you who don’t use bookmarklets or arent quite sure what they are, here is a brief description.
What are Bookmarklets?
Bookkmarklets are a tiny java script application designed to add one click functionality to your web browser. There are hundreds of different uses, many of which save the need to run a desktop program.
A few programs with bookmarklets that have been mentioned on Make Tech Easier before are:
Why Use a Bookmarklet?
The main reason to use them is to save time. As an example:
To email a copy of the Webnotes post to someone, use the “Gmail This!” bookmarklet. A window will pop up just like when the compose button in Gmail is clicked. The link and email subject are automatically added. If you want to add more to the body of the email you can explain what the link is before you email it.
Other reasons to use bookmarklets are:
- Sharing things quickly on a social media site
- Spell check
- URL shortening
- Adding the site to a social bookmarking site (ie Delicious, Digg, Reddit)
- Subscribing to a RSS reader
- Eliminating the ads and bloat for printing
20 other useful bookmarklets
Share sites on your Facebook wall or send as a message
Share links on both Friendfeed and Twitter with this one bookmarklet
3. Gmail This!
If you are going to pick one from this list to try, pick this one. It will save immense amounts of time and keep distractions at a minimum.
Great for the avid Evernote user. send a link with tags, web clip, and notes to the notebook of your choice. This is a very quick way to add things without keeping the page or desktop app open all the time.
Randomly displays a site. A lot like Stumbleupon
6. Add to RTM
Quickly add a reminder or to-do
7. Vox This!
Add content to your Vox Blog
If you do a lot of reading on the web, this customizable bookmarklet will rock your world. It removes the bloat and formats the text in a way that is easier for YOU to read.
9. Spell Check
Checks spelling of any page, even published pages. Any word spelled wrong or not in Firefox’s dictionary will be highlighted.
Fast way to add a RSS feed to your Google Reader
Great for web designers. Click the bookmarklet then on any item on a page. Information like dimensions, position and border is displayed.
12. Share on Tumblr
Easily share a link on Tumblr
Use BugMeNot database of usernames and passwords to sign in to “registered users only” websites, like news sites.
Add videos to your Boxee Queue for viewing later. You need both a Google account and Boxee account to make this bookmarklet work.
Quickly add sites to Digg.
If you have trouble coming up with secure passwords all the time, save some time and energy by installing this bookmarklet.
17. Google Translate
Super handy for those times when you end up on a site written in a language other than your native tongue.
You know there had to be at least one Twitter something or other in the list.
Features like continuous scrolling and auto resizing of images for your browser window make viewing sites less work.
Eliminate items on the page you DO NOT want to print. Great for pages or blogs without a printer friendly version of the page or post.
Including the one we have previously mentioned at MakeTechEasier, here are 25 of the useful bookmarklets that you can place in your browser. These are only a small portion of what is available. All of them are made to save time or make your browsing experience more personalized or enjoyable.
What bookmarklets do you use?
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