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    In setting up my general files, I've run across papers with 2 types of web sites.
    1) Web sites I want to check out when I have time
    and
    2) Web sites I like and want to keep a list of.

    How are others dealing with organizing these?
    Thanks,
    debbieg

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    I use Opera on my Mac and my Windows machines. I think you can add plugins to FireFox and IE to achieve the same functionality.

    I bookmark sites that I want to keep a list of. I organized them into folders. I also enter details into the bookmark's notes/description area, and this allows me to search for those terms, and locate any bookmark quickly.

    Sites that I want to check out (but not bookmark) are opened into tabs. I have Opera set up to remember my open tabs. So, each time I open Opera, (even after reboots), I have a set of sites waiting for when I have time. When I am done with them, I simply close the tabs, and they are gone.

    For sites that lie between bookmarks and temporary tabs, I use a feature in Opera called Speed Dial. It is like a visual grid of nine bookmarks, and allows me to keep URLs handy, but not occupying the tab bar real estate.

    The new version of Opera (9.5, currently in beta) has synchronization features tied to a free Opera account. So, my bookmarks and speed dial sites are synced between my Windows and Mac computers without any fuss. It works really well for me.

    I hope I didn't get too technical with the above. Feel free to ask any questions, if clarification is needed.

    Jim

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    • #3
      Bookmarks and Scrapbook Add-On

      Originally posted by debbieg View Post
      In setting up my general files, I've run across papers with 2 types of web sites.
      1) Web sites I want to check out when I have time
      and
      2) Web sites I like and want to keep a list of.

      How are others dealing with organizing these?
      Websites like mentioned under 2) go into my usual Firefox bookmarks (IE Favorites). The web sites you described under 1) go into a Scrapbook folder labeled "@ReadingTime".

      Scrapbook (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/427) is a Firefox plugin that I use to maintain project-specific and temporary folders filled with URLs.

      Scrapbook can also make snapshots of web content, similar to "Save as..." directly from the Browser menu, but much more convenient and configurable.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by debbieg View Post
        In setting up my general files, I've run across papers with 2 types of web sites.
        1) Web sites I want to check out when I have time
        and
        2) Web sites I like and want to keep a list of.

        How are others dealing with organizing these?
        Thanks,
        debbieg
        Ask the GTD question: what is it?
        Type 1 are next actions; keep them in appropriate context. Type 2 is reference material. Because of it's special nature, you can obviously keep them as bookmarks in a browser. Use folders in bookmarks for organizing them.

        Abhay

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        • #5
          Originally posted by debbieg View Post
          In setting up my general files, I've run across papers with 2 types of web sites.
          1) Web sites I want to check out when I have time
          and
          2) Web sites I like and want to keep a list of.

          How are others dealing with organizing these?
          Thanks,
          debbieg
          For each web site that you want to surf at your leisure, I suggest that you either create a next action on your @Computer list (e.g. "Surf coolwidgets.com", "Surf goinggreen.com", etc), or just create a list of them and store it with in reference lists section of your planner (e.g. Outlook Notes or Palm Memos if you're using an electronic system). and delete or cross of sites as you visit them.

          If you want to keep an actual list of web sites that you like and use frequently, I suggest you use the Favorites (IE) or Bookmarks (Mozilla) feature in your web browser. Organize them in folders by topic or whatever makes the most sense to you.

          I prefer to keep my Bookmarks to a minimum for quick and easy access. Therefore, I don't typically add sites to my Bookmarks unless I'm sure to use it at least once a month. I sometimes file web addresses by topic inside paper general reference files as though I'd torn them from a magazine. That way it's out of my face but not lost until I decide to do something with it or toss it.

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          • #6
            I like http://del.icio.us

            You can tag the links any way you like. Plus, they are available no matter where you are (work, home, library, etc) or what browser you're using (I bounce back and forth between IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari just depending on what kind of mood I'm in, so keeping my bookmarks outside the browser helps a lot).

            Another option (if you're using windows) is to create shortcuts in a folder on your machine. If you found the link on a web page, you can simply drag the link from your browser onto your desktop, then put it in the correct folder later.

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            • #7
              I also use delicious. Sites I have to check later are tagged "tocheck".

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              • #8
                Del.icio.us all the way! it's perfect for tagging links and you can access it anywhere. If you use Firefox you can use the excellent del.icio.us extension, which let's you hit ctrl+b to bring up a list of all your bookmarks, easily searchable and browseable by tag.

                You can make up tags like "to-do", "wishlist", etc, anything you want.

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                • #9
                  del.icio.us

                  4th-ing del.icio.us!

                  It will install a toolbar straight to IE, Firefox, or Safari so that all you have to do is click "tag." You can throw as many tags on as you want. I've got many that correspond to "typical" GTD someday/maybe sorts of lists: read.review, might.wanna.buy, might.wanna.try, etc. It's a champ for storing that kind of info.

                  I hear there's also a really useful little del.icio.us widget for the Google Sidebar, but I don't use the sidebar...

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