Saturday, May 07, 2005

Lesson #5 - Collecting ideas

As you are browsing the web, you will see web sites that appeal to you. Maybe you like the theme of the site, or the site has a feature you like, or you find a page that sparks an idea. It can be very helpful for you to save these ideas in a list so you can refer back to them.

There is a very easy way to create the list, if you don't mind it being public:
  • Get the Google tool bar

  • Start a blog on blogger.com

  • Every time you visit a web site that interests you, use the Blogger button on the toolbar to add the site quickly to your blog. The toolbar makes it incredibly easy to add an entry (it takes about 5 seconds).
If you don't want people looking at your idea blog, set the options in the template so that the blog does not broadcast its presence. Set your profile so the blog is not visible there either. Your idea blog will still be an open entity on the Internet, so it is possible that people can find it -- it certainly is not a place to keep intimate secrets. But the number of people seeing it will be very small. As a quick-and-dirty way to collect ideas, it can't be beat.

If you don't want anyone seeing your ideas, do the same kind of thing using a document stored on your hard disk. Simply add the URL to the document every time you find a cool site.

17 Comments:

At 1:37 PM, Blogger pat said...

Another cool place to keep bookmarks is del.icio.us -- you can add multiple tags to each url you save and a short comment. It's also public, but it can be useful in that it's easy to find other users using similar tags.

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger keithmonaghan said...

And another is Furl, a free web page archiving service. Also, for Firefox users, there is a nice extension called Scrapbook that allows you to easily archive web pages on your local hard drive.

 
At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great way to keep track of ideas, as well as bits and pieces you come across on the web, is to use Gmail as your "second brain".
It allows you to:
1. easily store ideas
2. easily find stuff when you need it

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something that I have found really useful is to journal my ideas. I bought this program not long ago and I cant help but plug it here. I can cut and paste things SUPER easy with this program.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger ~Dawn said...

I second what Anon said- Gmail is my way to organize.
Frugal for Life

 
At 6:53 AM, Blogger M.N.Jagadeesh said...

I agree with Annon and Dawn. Here is my recipe to manage bookmarks with GMail.

Here is what I do:

(I assume you have a gmail account and you have logged on to your account say "Y ourGmailAdd@gmail.com")

1) Click on "Create a filter"
2) In the "To:" field type "YourGmailAdd+links@ gmail.com"
3) click "Next Step"
4) Select "Skip the Inbox" and "Apply the label:"
5) From the drop down menu of "Apply the label:" chose "New Label" (this option is the last one, you can find it at the end). Type " Bookmarks" in the pop-up window and say click on "OK".
6) Click on "Create Filter".

Now send your links to "YourGmailAdd+links@gmail.com" with your bookmark information in the content as e-mail. Your mail will skip "Inbox" and get labeled as "Bookmarks". You can access your bookmark by clicking on "Bookmarks" Lable.

More on How to use GMail for organizing Bookmarks/Notes

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some companies actually specialize in coming up with million-dollar ideas. www.TheFirst2.com is one such company. We used them for product development / marketing, however, they have been known to do smaller scale brainstorms for individuals who want a few hundred fresh ideas to play with...

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger a said...

Another way to keep your ideas available on the Internet is the extension for Firefox called StumbleUpon (http://www.stumbleupon.com/). It allows you to tag pages you like and browse pages tagged by others - all sorted by topics.

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Najawa said...

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At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet; Google/Gmail and the new Google toolbar allows you to add bookmarks that stay with your account (can be veiwed on multiple PC's without leaving traces), and can be added and viewed from the blue star labeled 'bookmarks' on the Google toolbar.

This, in turn, is just as quick, yet only you can veiw your pages.

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I found a site of Web Site Links that is doing something simliar to what is mentioned in this article.

 
At 10:11 PM, Blogger Maldi said...

May be I am too simplistic or I do not get the logic of using any of these ways to store URL's. What about using the "bookmark this page" or "my favorites" from your web browser?

 
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