Are you frustrated by the amount of time you find yourself spending on line, jumping from website to website just to keep up with things that matter most to you? Maybe it is time for you to create an organized web experience!
It’s really not too hard, as many of the tools you need may be on your machine already. It is just a matter of a little study to find out what they are and how to use them to accomplish your goals. But a one time investment of an hour or so, sure beats doing the same thing over and over again. And it is much less stressful.
Here are some handy ideas for you to consider in designing your own organized web experience.
Use More Than One Browser
Most browsers today are quite powerful and full featured. That being said, you aren’t just limited to the one that came with your computer.
If you are a Windows user, there is at least, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Mac users have Safari, Chrome and Firefox. These are all best of breed but no one will work great for all tasks. Some might not display or work correctly for certain websites. Some are better at some tasks than others. For example, since Chrome is a Google product, it is tightly integrated with Google services like YouTube.
Trying different browsers may help provide a better experience.
Learn how to use your browser’s functionality
Do you really know all your browser is capable of doing?
For instance, many browsers today allow you to sync across devices. So my Safari bookmarks on my desktop Mac show up when I open Safari on my iPad or iPhone. Google Chrome and Firefox work similarly. It takes a few minutes to set it up but, once it is done, your web experience will be more seamless as you go from device to device.
Most browsers support plug ins or extensions that further enhance and customize the functionality of the browser to suit your needs.
Some browsers, like Chrome even offer embedded applications. Thousands of them from musical instruments to blogging tools available for you to download to do more within your browser. Since Chrome is platform independent, I can go to my library, check out a Chromebook (libraries use them as they are low cost appliances), log in to my Google account in Chrome and voila! I can see my Chrome Browser, exactly as I left it at home on my desktop, with all the same tools, ready for me to pick up right where I left off.
In addition, some browsers like Safari, allow you to mark web pages for later reading. This means you don’t have to stop what you are doing to get the information you need. You can just flag the pages that interest you for later reading.
You can tame your browser so it works the way you want it to.
Try out a newsreader
Rather than have to go from website to website to keep up with what is new, consider a newsreader, which allows you to “roll your own” custom news application. You can add websites that support RSS into a newsreader and a scrolling list of new articles will appear for you to review. Click on a headline from a list, and the article opens up for you to read. Some readers use pictures from the story, just like a news webpage for you to select from.
Newsreaders come in a several flavors including:
- Browser based readers – many browsers have a built in reader and this might be good enough for your needs
- Email newsreaders – really these are services to email you all new articles from a website but this adds clutter to your mail
- Desktop newsreaders – apps (many, free) you download and configure to gather your mail and present it to you as you would like to see it. It’s not hard . . . honest
- Outlook (and other mail clients) newsreaders – yes, even the venerable Outlook (some versions) supports RSS so you can use it to read news and websites you want to track
A little time invested to become a more savvy user, will pay handsome dividends in time saved and better organization.
Myself, I am still figuring out the best way to go for me but, I currently use Newsify on my iPad and iPhone and use Vienna on my Mac desktop. Newsify is picture based while Vienna (which looks like Outlook) displays a list of headlines.
Even if you are not a Mac user, you might want to take a look at the two links above, just to give you an idea of what these products are like.
I hope that you find some of these ideas intriguing enough to look into further and maybe, just maybe, make your life a bit easier.