Now Where Was That Article Again? Google Bookmarks!

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The amount of information that inundates us on a daily basis is overwhelming! How many times do you come across something online that you know has GREAT value but, at the moment, you don't have time to follow through on it. So what do you do then? What I do is click my all-important "save for later" big red button! You know the big red button Staples has, "that was easy!" Here's the thing about "save for later"... it may be EASY to click the bookmark option, but if you've been online for more than a week, your list of saved items gets so long, it now is not really all that EASY when it comes time to FINDING something later.

So along comes Google to our rescue. What I'm talking about in Google is a page I'm fairly certain you haven't seen which is why I'm showing it to you now. Its called Google Bookmarks (I'll abbreviate as GB). What makes it different is that besides just saving it to a bookmarks list (which activerain does that too) GB allows you to INDEX your list FOR EASY RECALL. Let me illustrate two recall searches for me that take UNDER 20 seconds each!

There is a wireless mic video demonstration that Mark "the Kodak guy" does on a blog post. So in my head the keywords are Kodak, Mark, Video, Mic. In GB, I can type a keyword or I can scroll through my index list and within seconds I've recalled the article.

Another example, let's pretend I forgot that it was Tara that demonstrated how to embed youtube into AR. All I can think of is one keyword "embed" but that's all I need. I scroll to the keyword and click it and voila, the article! Now I can share it with others when they get stuck!

Now how do you do it too?

(note to reader: if you don't have a free google user account yet, get one! this is js just one of many places where you can use it!) First thing to note is that on my bookmarks bar I have added two buttons what I label gb and gb+ the first one shows the Google Bookmarks reference page and gb+ means ADD the current page to my boookmarks list. When I click gb+, a pop-up appears and asks me for labels (note: we also can think of these as "tags"). This is the critical part! Create a list of keywords/phrases (separated by commas) that you know in your own head that you will relate to a search for this article in the future. In my head, I often relate to the author such as Mark or Tara in the examples above, so I will tag the author name in case that is the part that I remember in the future. Add at least a couple of other words that make sense in your own "mental index". What is nice about the tag system, and please don't miss this, is that it pops up suggestions based on previous tags that you have used. That way you will be sure to pick the same ones and your tag groupings will grow into nice category lookups. For example, I enjoy "blog ideas" types of posts and bookmark the good ones. You can click that link to see some of the articles that I have tagged into a lookup category.

My previous post was about using your bookmarks/favorites bar in your browser. To create the gb button, simply favorite to your bookmarks bar the GB listing page when you are on it (rename it after to the abbreviated ref). Next, to create the gb+ button, you will have to drag a special button from this creating bookmarks help page up to your bar. As I mentioned in previous article, if you name your buttons with short abbreviations, your bar will hold many more buttons.

What is also cool about google bookmarks is that it is part of the cloud-computing experience. You have access to these bookmarks whatever device you are on... work, home, laptop, netbook, tablet, even your smart phone!

Well that's it for today's class! Happy bookmarking! :)

(note: while the screenshots I used are from Google Chrome browser, this is not exclusive to Google Chrome, you can use it in Internet Explorer, Firefox, or any other browser!)

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Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Mr. Daniels I wish I had had more teachers like you in school.  Not everyone can breakdown information like this and make it so easy to understand and follow.

Apr 15, 2011 01:45 AM #29
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Craig, this is new to me and definitely worth using.  Great info!

Apr 15, 2011 01:55 AM #30
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Well I can't really add much to whats already been said here. Bookmatked of course.

Apr 15, 2011 02:10 AM #31
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Great resource and thank you for the post.  I will integrate this tool and use it like I use Google Alerts.  Can't wait for Google to solve the National deficit problem, but I'm sure it's in the works.

Apr 15, 2011 02:14 AM #32
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Very cool! I tried using, I think its called Diigo(?) but I didn't like it because it wasn't organized enough. Anyway, looking forward to giving Google Bookmarks at try.

Apr 15, 2011 03:25 AM #33
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig, what a great tip...  I don't use my Google Bookmarks, but have 'bookmarked' this and will check it out!

Apr 15, 2011 04:21 AM #34
Michael (Mike) Robinson
Broadmoor Realty, Inc. - Long Beach, CA

why am i not using this? thanks!

Apr 15, 2011 04:45 AM #35
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


How did you know I needed this now?

Have a great weekend!

Apr 15, 2011 06:13 AM #36
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Leah - always happy to see quick application! :)

Ken - enjoy your comments here always - looking forward to seeing you soon

Gayle - terrific - you'll get it quickly when you have a chance

Larry - totally agree! :)

Jerry - my google account gets a strenous workout DAILY :)

Kristine - thanks for suggest - we shared airtime on the feature page today :)

Jane - oh you california people! you are such go-getters :)

Ronald - you are very welcome

Pfanns - it is such a relief to be able to FIND stuff now that I have this tool!

Gita - hopefully your last AR bookmark ;)

Emily - the bookmarklet tool button makes a world of difference to making it easy

Marc - glad to have introduced you! ... exactly!

Ron - it's a hidden gem - I wanted to share it with everybody - few know about it

Andrea - google IS amazing - and the price is always right!

Cyndi - Chrome and FF can live side by side while you try chrome out - the great thing about GB is it doesn't care what browser you are in

Cherie - thanks for the reblog - I'll be posting more about google coming soon! watch my subscription feed :)

Charita - such kind words appreciated :)

Gabe - glad to hear you picked up something new today in class

Robert - I'm glad you said hello!

Rob - yes google should be able to do something about that eh?

Terrie - try it, you'll like it !

Pamela - awesome my Raleigh NC friend

Mike - sounds like that's about to change!

Michele - I always know!

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Apr 15, 2011 06:29 AM #37
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Craig Craig Craig!  You are an unending source of great information!  I have readjusted my tool bar and love it.  Thank you once again!

Apr 15, 2011 07:02 AM #38
Tara Cummins
Stratagy4SuccessNow - Mesa, AZ
Marketing Concierge, Strategy4SuccessNow

Okay, I actually found a few minutes to tackle this, so I just transferred all my favorites to Chrome and organized them.  Then I set up my GB and GB+ buttons.  I'm sooooooooooo excited about this.  It will certainly help as I move from computer to computer to have all my stuff in the same place and to have my bookmarks searchable.  THANK YOU!

Now I need to go back and retag some of my AR posts since I understand tags way better than when I started.

Apr 15, 2011 11:10 AM #39
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Craig, thanks for this great information.  I have bookmarked it so I can review it again later.

Apr 15, 2011 01:15 PM #40
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Yet another good tip.  Thanks Craig for posting today.


Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Apr 15, 2011 02:44 PM #41
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Debbie - I love to hear that - you are very welcome!

Tara - isn't it nice when we finally get to things in our wishlist? time is too short to begin with and wasting time looking for things is so frustrating

Chris - it is worth figuring out

Patricia - hope you find that you can use it - thanks for commenting

Apr 15, 2011 03:51 PM #42
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I use a lot of Google toys, I mean resources, but haven't used this one, YET.  Thanks from Boise!

Apr 16, 2011 08:40 AM #43
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Jim - thanks for visiting and glad I found something new for you :)

Apr 16, 2011 09:34 AM #44
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You did it again.  So much information, so little time.  I am bookmarking this post, so I can learn to bookmark in Google.  Craig, can you down load your brain to a flash drive and mail it to me.  On second thought, I might not be able to understand everything in your head.  I would a need a Craig Daniels to interpret the info for me.  Thanks and keep it up.

Apr 17, 2011 11:45 AM #45
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I see I have about four of your posts I am behind on that I need to go and bookmark. It's scary when work isn't busy but then I get so far behind here on the rain!

Apr 25, 2011 03:35 PM #46
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Craig - that is a powerful tool to have. Save time on searching the web.

May 28, 2011 01:29 AM #47
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

I've been a big HUGE GB fan for a few years now. Ever since an old work computer crashed & lost all of my OLD bookmarks specific to that computer. PLUS, in Real Estate I also have compters at the house, laptop, and now smart phone that I need common access to certain items and this is a GREAT tool.

I've enjoyed reading & watching your articles for tweaking tips!!

May 28, 2011 12:44 PM #48
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