Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Using Furl to find articles

Ever run across an article online that looked like something you could use in your blog, only to lose it in the dust of your browser's history?

The trouble with surfing is the exposure to a great deal of information. How many times have you had a great idea for a blog and knew the perfect source was something you ran across last week. But where is it now? How can you find it again? All you can remember is that it had something to do with cannibals.

Of course, you can go back through your browser's history and try to figure out the date you might have seen it. Seems like it was a Thursday. Mmm.... last Thursday I visited 100 sites --I wonder which one it might have been. Unless one of the sites is named "Cannibals," the subject matter of what you want is not searchable.

Enter Furl. This gem will keep track of any site, any article, any thing you run across in your surfing. It will save it and index the entire article so that you can search by keyword through all the articles you have furled. So, if you do a search on "cannibals" with Furl, it will find every article you have saved that contains "cannibals."

Furl is a new web browsing tool that lets you save and organize thousands of useful web pages (you know, the ones you want to save for future reference but then can never find again) in a personal "web page filing cabinet".

Furl is in beta but is available now as a free service. Simply download the Furl toolbar and you can Furl any site or article that looks like it might be useful to you later. Give it a try.