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Old 03-17-2004, 12:55 PM   #1
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Manage your Bookmarks: furl.net

Discovered a bit by accident, check out www.furl.net. It is a web-based "filing cabinet" for links. A little odd, as at first I thought, "Why is this any better than bookmarks?" But it's power is in storing stories that you're interested in. For example, I have a bookmark for the New York Times, but I don't bookmark every story that I'm interested in to reference later. But that's just what Furl is designed to do. If it's interesting, grab it, and later you can find it in your archive. Plus it's designed for sharing, and can RSS feed your latest grabs. If you and your friends are constantly trading links, this could be a cool tool. It's also just one line of java to reference your archive on a web page, so that it shows up the last number of entries there.

Curious to hear other folks' take on this. Seems like an interesting service. Wonder if it will last...
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Old 03-18-2004, 02:33 AM   #2
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Sounds great!

Since I am using MyIE2 as a IE-browser replacement, it took me a while to figure out how to install the Furl Button:

- Go to the Furl web site
- Right click on the Furl It link on the right side of the page
- Select "Add to Favorites"
- If a security alert pops up, click on the "Yes" button
- Add the link to the main Favorites folder

The new link should appear on the Favorites toolbar. Click on that link when you want to use Furl.

Thanks again for the tip, ignatz!
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Old 03-21-2004, 11:00 AM   #3
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I also see spurl.net, which seems to do the same thing. Not sure what's the deal, if these are competing sites with the same tech, or what? Any insights?
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Old 05-14-2004, 02:55 PM   #4
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Hey ignatz, thanks for mentioning Furl.net. Its a great free service for every hardcore net junkie - well, I am using it almost every day.

I also had a look at Spurl.net and it appears to me that the two are virtually identical. Spurl.net looks somewhat prettier, but no reason for me to switch over from Furl.net.
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Old 05-15-2004, 12:55 PM   #5
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Hey Morpheus, what's your name on Furl? I'd like to subscribe to your list. Mine is ignatz, big surprise...

I use it like crazy too. Mostly I use it for reference, saving links that I know that I'll want later to software or other useful types of pages... It's a great service, esp. for free.
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Old 05-16-2004, 05:21 AM   #6
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Actually, I have my Furl.net settings so that all added channels are marked private. This way I don't have to bother about which channels I want to share and which not.

Aren't you concerned about privacy issues?
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Old 05-16-2004, 05:00 PM   #7
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No, I'm really more interested in propagating ideas. I've tried to encourage some friends to use Furl, and also to follow my list, as an alternative way to follow trains of thought and web explorations, but that hasn't happened. I don't feel that I'm revealing all that much through my list. Is there anything I should be concerned about that I'm not thinking of?
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Old 05-17-2004, 02:51 PM   #8
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I am just in general hesitant to revealing too much information on the Net about myself or my serving habits without knowing who is going to collect that information afterwards. Most probably there is nothing wrong with posting your 'furls' to the public; for my purposes though there is also nothing wrong with keeping them private :P
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Old 06-12-2004, 04:29 AM   #9
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Found another similar free service today:

http://feedmelinks.com/portal

"Feed Me Links keeps your bookmarks so you can use them on any computer or browser. Share folders of links (example) via email, super-compact URLs, and XML/RSS, spy on your friends' links, subscribe to favorite folders, stay on top of recent links, baffle your dog, see the two-headed fish boy!!!"
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Old 06-16-2004, 07:00 AM   #10
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What can I say but thanks for this resource guys. It is gonna be invaluable. As a sometimes on the road techie without a laptop it will be great to have the ability to access my bookmaks from any net enabled PC
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Old 06-16-2004, 07:53 AM   #11
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Totally agree! Furl.net has become an neccessity for me almost as important as my daily e-mails.
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Old 06-16-2004, 08:02 AM   #12
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Hey ya'll, glad to hear there are others who are as enamoured of it as me. I use it mostly for tracking computer related issues, but I'm trying to train myself to furl interesting news and articles as well. I would love to see what you guys are doing, if you have public listings. My username there is ignatz. You can search and readily find my listings.
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And another Furl-clone service:
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Old 09-23-2004, 07:53 AM   #14
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Perhaps it is of interest to the one or other: Furl.net by Mike Giles has been acquired by Looksmart today. According to Looksmart, Furl will remain a free service, though it plans to incorporate targeted contextual ads into furled content.
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Old 09-23-2004, 09:28 AM   #15
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I see that I never mentioned in this thread, but I wound up ditching furl.net for spurl.net. Their browser integration is much better and their service is generally technically superior.
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