Internet Explorer calls them Favorites, Firefox calls them Bookmarks. Whatever your browser calls them, these are saved links to web pages you want to return to.
Before Feeds, when you wanted to return often to a favorite website, you would save it to your Favorites or Bookmarks for easy access. With the advent of Feeds, you can return to your favorite website or blog through their feed in your feed reader.
Does this make Favorites and Bookmarks obsolete? It depends. As part of this ongoing Web Browser Guide for Bloggers series, let’s explore how we still use Favorites and Bookmarks to help us browse and blog.
If your favorite websites and blogs do not have feeds, how else can you easily revisit each one without remembering the URL address? Through your Favorites and Bookmarks.
Favorites and Bookmarks also save web page links on a list which you may want to visit in person on a frequent basis, irregardless of whether or not they have a feed.
Trying to remember a word? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary or Dictionary.com bookmarks get me to the front page to put in a word or look something up in the thesaurus.
Looking for a quote, sure, you can just type in keywords into a search engine, or head to your bookmarked Bartleby.com site for quick reference looks.
As I work on my WordPress Wednesday news for the Blog Herald, I revisit some web pages for specific information not carried in their feeds. The WordPress Theme Viewer keeps a running total of the number of WordPress Themes available and downloaded on the About Page in the sidebar. This information is not presented elsewhere on the site, so I keep a bookmark for that Page to bring you the numbers.
A feed tracks the events on a whole blog or site. Bookmarks and Favorites allow you to save a link to a specific page. If that page scrolls off your feed reader’s list, can you find it again? You can if you bookmarked it. So Bookmarks and Favorites help you to preserve links to memorable (or need to remember) blog posts and articles.
We all have our favorite online reference sites. Keeping these bookmarked makes it easy to revisit for you research.