How many browser tabs do you have open right now? Be honest. Are you going to have a look at all of the websites today or are you going to keep the tabs open until you find some time to review them, maybe later in the week?
Every morning I open my RSS reader (NewsFire inside my case) as well as the feeds come pouring in. Great! Fresh content! I start hitting my space bar and scanning the headlines. But there is a voice inside my head warning me, “if you’re planning to read each one of these articles, it will take you a lot more than an hour or so, are you currently prepared to spend a great deal time this morning just reading the other folks have to say? Don’t you need to start working?”. It’s good to get this integrated warning system, but then what am I planning to do, because I already commenced hitting that space bar and reading the news?
My RSS reading routine goes like this: I press the space bar to jump from a single new item to a different. I look at the headlines fast, and once it attracts me I scan the rest of the article. If it’s very short or quite interesting I might read it right away, but this usually doesn’t happen. After I enjoy it and wish to read it later I hit the return factor to open the post inside my chrome tab. There is not any have to wait, I will continue scanning the articles although it loads in the background.
After I finished this process I go to my browser and what do I see? Exactly, one page using a crazy quantity of open tabs. Can One just go do other work now and leave my browser similar to this without having to be bothered by those tabs? I don’t think so! The next thing is going through the opened tabs and saving the articles I would like to read later. Personally I love to use DEVONthink, my database application. We have a script setup having a link inside my browser that if clicked sends a web archive in the current website directly to my database. All submissions are put in a single folder. Then, after looking at a story I will manually put it in a folder in the right category. One of the beautiful things of DEVONthink is its artificial intelligence: when there is a folder with already a couple of articles with similar contents you may use the ‘Auto-Classify’ functionality to automatically put the files within the right folders. All articles will be saved and (Spotlight-) searchable for later reference.
Using cluster tabs is straightforward and contains numerous advantages. For example, you can create a tab & name it something like Marketing & tools. Now each time you find a good website with this subject you simple add it to this tab. Similarly should you be researching an issue such as Gold Prospecting, Each website you visit that you might want to re-visit you could add to your tab you create called Gold Prospecting Research.
You can create as much tabs such as this as you want for any excuse as well as for research & marketing purposes it gets better still. As soon as you develop a tab, that tab features its own URL & is published to the WWW. Now if you are working together with someone or on the team project. You can just e-mail them your cluster tab URL & they may have all of the websites you want them to funeej available. They just click the cluster tab URL each one reveals and is able to view.
These tabs can also be used for Training purposes. An illustration might be creating an online e-mail course in which the student simply clicks on the cluster tab URL to obtain all of the websites associated with the course. Tabs could also be used for marketing by directing e-mail recipients to your cluster URL of merchandise, services or information. The could be linked on websites for individuals to click and become taken to a tab created specially for marketing purposes.
Ok, so what in the event you don’t come with an application that can accomplish that to suit your needs or perhaps you just don’t wish to save all articles on the hard drive? There is a nice new little tool called Instapaper that might be helpful: With a button on the browser you can save any article to Instapaper. Simply click onto it when in a wide open window, along with your article will be saved on the Instapaper website. You can now just close all of the tabs without losing anything and discover a listing of all your saved articles once you have several free hours to read through!