Linqto.me - online favorites and notes manager

The aim of this blog is to allow you to keep up to date with the latest and grates functionalites that are coing up or available in www.linqto.me - the online bookmarking engine.

Tools to help you bookmark while you browse (part 2)

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In part one of this article we looked at how you can install and use the Linqto Bookmarklet to easily add bookmarks directly from the pages you are browsing to your www.linqto.me account. If you are using the Internet Explorer browser, you may also use the Accelerator feature to bookmark pages as you browse.

Start by going to the Tools page of you www.linqto.me account. Here you will find a section describing the Internet Explorer accelerator. You may also install the accelerator via the link present on the home website of www.linqto.me if you are using Internet Explorer:

Just click the IE Accelerator button or the IE Accelerator link on the home page to install the accelerator in your browser. You will be prompted with the following window:

Make sure to check the 'Make this my default provider for this Accelerator category' checkbox to make this accelerator the default one in the tools category, and have it be displayed directly in the context menu for accelerators.

Once the accelerator is installed, you can just right click any part of a page you are navigating on, and you will immediately see the context menu displayed by Internet Explorer.

Select the Linqto.me Accelerator menu item, and this will open a new window where the url of the page you are browsing and the title will be automatically captured. You may also provide other details such as a description or keywords to help you when searching for the bookmark later. You may also directly save the bookmark and allow www.linqto.me to generate the rest of the data on the bookmark by examining the page.

Tip:

If you select a piece of text from the page you currently accessing, and then right click and access the Linqto.me Accelerator as described above, the selected text from the page will be captured in the bookmark description field. This will allow you to provide information on the bookmark to be saved even faster.

Like with the bookmarklet, remember to also tick the 'Remember me' check box when logging on to www.linqto.me before attempting to use the accelarator, as this will allow the system to authenticate you when you attempt bookmark a page.

Happy bookmarking in the Cloud.

Tools to help you bookmark while you browse with www.linqto.me

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Having favorites in the Cloud with www.linqto.me is useful, and can help you organize and maintain your collection of bookmarks as well as access them easier as you can read here. But you also need a way to easily add bookmarks while you are navigating around the web at the click of the button, without moving away from the page you are on.

Enter the bookmarking tools that www.linqto.me has developed for just this purpose: an easy to use JavaScript bookmarklet to be used with any browser and an accelerator to be used with Internet Explorer 9 and above. In this article we will look at how to make good use of both of these tools to easily save new bookmarks into the cloud.

The Linqto.me Bookmarklet.

After creating your account with www.linqto.me, head over to the Tools page of your private space on the site. On this page you will be able to find the Bookmarklet tool – this is a piece of automation that you can add to your browser that will allow you to save bookmarks directly from the page you are on without having to open www.linqto.me in another tab.

Locate the 'Bookmarklet' button and drag and drop the button to the favorites bar of your browser as shown in the screenshot below.

You will need to display the favorites bar of your browser before you attempt to drag the button over. This can be done in the following ways:

  • In Internet Explorer, go to the View menu, select 'Explorer Bars' menu item, and the 'Favorites' to display the favorites bar.
  • In Google Chrome, click on the Settings button (on the right hand side of the address bar) and then click on the 'Favorites' menu item, and then 'Show Favorites Bar'
  • Here is an article on how to display this bar in Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/bookmarks-toolbar-display-favorite-websites
  • In Opera go into the Settings menu, then select 'Toolbars' menu icon and then the 'Bookmarks Bar' to show the favorites bar which is hidden by default.

Once you drag and drop the bookmarklet on the favorites bar of your browser it will look something link the following:

When navigating around the web, if you decide to save a page to the favorites collection you have with www.linqto.me, just press the Linqto Bookmarklet button on your browser. It will open a new window with the url of the page you wish to save already populated. You may choose to add more information on the bookmark, such as keywords or a description, or just press the 'Save' button directly and let the system generate the information from the page directly. And you have saved your bookmark into the Cloud.

Remember to also tick the 'Remember me' check box when logging on to www.linqto.me before attempting to use the bookmarklet, as this will allow the system to authenticate you when you attempt bookmark a page.

 

Continue reading part 2 to see how to use the 'Internet Explorer Accelerator'.

Importing favorites into the Cloud is as easy as 1, 2, 3

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If you want to start using www.linqto.me to manage your bookmarks online, you might want to transfer your already existing browser bookmarks into the Cloud to continue using them and add more as you go along. The process to import existing favorites from a browser into Linqto.me is a simple three stage process and can be done in just a few clicks.

Package your bookmarks into an HTML file and upload

All modern browsers have the capacity to save the favorites you have stored in them in HTML file format. Click on the icons below to see how this can be achieved by the main browsers on the market:

Once you have this HTML file generated with your favorites, head over to www.linqto.me and, in the My Bookmarks section, click on the 'Import Bookmarks' button as shown below:

 

The system will allow you to upload the HTML file generated by your browser and will then indicate how many favorites were contained inside the file once it has examined in.

Sit back and let www.linqto.me do the work of inspecting the favorites

While a favorite bookmark in a browser only has a title and the URL of the site it is pointing to, in www.linqto.me a bookmark allows you to have more information added to it. Notably, a bookmark allows you to add keywords to it so that you may search for it in the system afterwards. It also allows you to have a description text, where you can take notes about the page the bookmark is pointing to, for example. Bookmarks also allow for a thumbnail image to be associated with them – this image is retrieved from the page the bookmark is pointing to.

During this stage, www.linqto.me will go through the list of bookmarks you are trying to import, and will scan each one. It will attempt to connect to the site the bookmark is pointing to in order to generate a description, extract keywords and associate a thumbnail. This process does require some work (on behalf of the system) but a progress bar will inform you of how many bookmarks have been scanned and how many are still remaining.

Please do not navigate away from this page while the scanning process is in progress, as this will stop the import procedure.

Inspect the bookmark meta-data and complete the import

Once the system has finished scanning each of the bookmarks you wish to import into the Cloud, it will present you with a list of bookmarks with keywords, description and thumbnails already filled in. You can click on the magnifier lens in front of each of the bookmarks to go in and see the details for a given one. When you are on the bookmarks details view can also modify the information the system has generated for a given favorite if you wish.

However, please note that at this stage the bookmarks are not yet saved into the system, so if you decide to go and inspect / modify a given favorite / favorites, you need to come back to the list of favorites to be imported, by clicking on the 'Return to list' button:

Once you are back on the list of inspected favorites, you can the press the 'Import All' button to save all the favorites that have been extracted from the HTML file you have provided into www.linqto.me. If you have made any changes to the way the system has generated description, keywords or thumbnails for a favorite or favorites, these changes will also be saved into the system. When the save is completed, you will be taken to your 'Bookmarks' page where you will be able to see all the favorites you have imported.

You might then want to look into sorting these favorite bookmarks using folders, as explained in this article. You can also configure you Start Page on www.linqto.me as explained here.

A new Dashboard to access your Bookmarks

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With the introduction of version 7.0 of www.linqto.me the system offers you a new dashboard to quickly view the bookmarks you have created / imported into the cloud. Once you get to the authenticated user landing page (here) you will see a new icon is available to take you to the bookmarks Dashboard.

The bookmark dashboard is also available via the following URL, if you have already logged into the system: www.linqto.me/my

The dashboard offers you different views for the bookmarks you have associated with your account in www.linqto.me . The view displayed in the dashboard is configurable to show bookmarks in different ways. To configure the view displayed in the dashboard, you can click the 'Configure' button which can be found at the top of the Dashboard on the right hand side of the page:

 

In the configuration page of the Dashboard, you have the choice between different views to display bookmarks that you have created with your account:

  1. Recently Visited View

If you visit one of the bookmarks you have created on www.linqto.me in your browser and you are already logged into the system, the system will remember that you have visited that bookmark. If you chose the recently visited view in the dashboard configuration, the dashboard will display a list of all the bookmarks you have visited (while logged on). The list will be sorted from starting from the most recently visited bookmark.

If you wish to use this view, we recommend that you chose to always authenticated when visiting www.linqto.me – to do this, check the 'Remember Me' checkbox the next time you log into the system from your browser. By doing so, the system will remember you for two months on the computer where you checked this option

  1. Recently Created View

This is another rendering of the classic view that you have of all of the bookmarks that you have in www.linqto.me, sorted in inverse order of their creation - the bookmark you have created last (or modified last) will be the first to be displayed in this view.

In this view, you can also choose to configure the sorting criteria further. You can choose to sort the bookmarks you have with your account either by name, creation date, last update or number of views. You can opt for ascending or descending order of the sort to be displayed in the dashboard.

 

  1. From Folder View

In this view, the Dashboard will display all bookmarks coming from a folder you have already created with www.linqto.me. For more information on how to manage folders in the system you can refer to a previous article in this blog, article you can find here.

 

You can also configure the new Dashboard to be the default landing page when you visit www.linqto.me and you are already logged in. If you wish to see how to configure this, you can read the following article. By making the dashboard your landing page you can immediately access the bookmarks view that suits you best.

Navigation and Home Page configuration for www.linqto.me version 7.0

 

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2016 is here and we have updated www.linqto.me to give you even more functionality when managing your favorites and notes directly in the cloud. With version 7.0 of www.linqto.me, you can choose the landing page (home page) that you will be redirected to once you authenticate onto the platform.

Up to version 7.0 of www.linqto.me, if you authenticated with your user account onto the system, you were redirected to the authenticated users landing page. This page that gave you summary of how many bookmarks, notes, folders, … had created in the system under your account.

Moreover, if you had opted for a persistent authentication, by clicking the 'Remember me' checkbox during the login process, on your next visit to www.linqto.me as an authenticated user, you would have come in on the public home page. From this page you could have reached the 'authenticated user landing page' by clicking on the 'My Content' button.

With version 7.0 of the system, we have introduced the notion of a configurable home page, which will be the same each time you logon to www.linqto.me or come back to the system having already been authenticated. From the authenticated users landing page, you will see a new icon is available – for the Dashboard – as well as a button to configure the dashboard, underneath the Dashboard description:

You can also reach this configuration page by clicking on the 'My Profile' button on any of the pages once you have logged in, then clicking on the 'Configure Dashboard' () button.

On the lower half of the configuration page, you will see information on the settings for the system home (landing) page, which you will be routed to once you have logged in, or if you come back to www.linqto.me from another site and you are already logged in.

You have the choice between three distinct options:

Nothing: this was the default behavior of the system before version 7 of www.linqto.me. Once you logged into the system, you were taken to the authenticated user landing page, page which would give you a summary of all bookmarks, notes, folders, … that you had created in the cloud. If you were coming back to www.linqto.me from another site, and you were already logged into the system, you would get to the public home page of www.linqto.me.

User Home: if you choose this option, the system will take you to the authenticated user landing page, which shows you the summary of all items that you have created with www.linqto.me each time you log into the system (which was the case before as well). It will also redirect you to this same page if you are returning to www.linqto.me from another site and you have already logged into the system – this would be equivalent to arriving on the public home page and then clicking the 'My Content' button.

Dashboard: will take you to the dashboard of www.linqto.me, page that will show a collection of all the bookmarks you have recently visited or created. As with the option of the 'User Home', when you log into the system, you will be taken directly to the Dashboard. If you are returning to www.linqto.me from another website, and you are already logged in, you will also be taken to the Dashboard without the need for any other clicks on your side.

We hope this feature allows you to access your bookmarks faster and speeds up your usage of www.linqto.me.

How to manage your favorites in the cloud with the aid of folders and Post-its

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In the recent articles, we have looked at how you can import favorites into the Cloud and how you could use keywords to allow you to find saved favorites via searches with ease. You can also categorize your favorites in the cloud with www.linqto.me by placing them into folders.

As with the case of several Internet Browsers, when managing favorites, www.linqto.me allows you to categorize your favorites with the use of folders. To do this, just follow the simple steps outlined below:

  • After you have logged in to www.linqto.me, go to the My Folders page, either from the User home page, or by clicking on the My Folders link on the top left hand side of the navigation bar.
  • To create a new folder in www.linqto.me, it is very easy, just click on the 'Create New Folder' button that is at the top of the list of available folders in the 'My Folders' page of the system.
  • Each folder you create must be given a name and will have an icon associated with it. To change the icon that will be displayed next to the folder click on the and buttons to cycle through the available icons and pick the one that you think best suites the new folder you are creating.

     

     

  • You can also provide a description for the folder you are creating in such a way as to have a little bit more information available as to the contents of the favorites you intend to store inside the folder.
  • As in the case of favorites and post-its that you create with www.linqto.me, you can also associate keywords with folders. Using keyword will allow you to search for folders and easily locate them by keyword once your collection of folders grows.

Once the folder is created, you have two quick ways in which you can add content to that folder.

Starting from the folder: The first way to add content is to press the 'Add Folder Content' button which is located on the upper side of the Folder Details page, next to the buttons that allow editing or creating new folders. When you click on this button the site will redirect you to the list of all your favorites present in the system. You will note that in this list, next to the button which allows you to see the details of a given favorite (), you will also find a button ( ) that will allow you to add the favorite to the folder.

By pressing the ( ) button, you can add several favorites to the same folder very quickly. You can also use the 'Search My' page, after having clicked on the 'Add Folder Content' button, to do a keyword search for specific favorites you have saved with www.linqto.me. In the search results listings page, you will see the same () button allowing you to add favorites from the search results to the folder.

    

During the add operation, you will see that a small window will appear on the bottom of the www.linqto.me pages – this window will list the name and icon of the folder that you are adding favorites to, as well as how many favorites are already in that folder. Once you have finished adding all of the needed favorites to your folder, you can click on the button located on the top right hand corner of the window, and you will be returned to the Folder Details page, where you will also be able to see a listing of all of the favorites that are now in the folder.

Starting from an existing favorite: a second method of adding a favorite to a folder in www.linqto.me is to go to the page listing the details of that favorite into the system (click on the M button next to a favorite). On the right hand side of the favorite details page, you will see the 'Folder' settings area with a button that will allow you to change the folder the favorite is in, or add the favorite to a folder. Click on the 'Change' button in order to have the list of all of the folders that are available with your www.linqto.me account and chose a new folder for your favorite. Click on one of the folders from the listing and the favorite will automatically be added to this new folder.

It is important to note that a given favorite can only be in one folder at a time. If you change the folder of a favorite from Folder A to Folder B, the favorite will be placed in folder B and no longer be among the favorites found in folder A.

In the same way, you can use folders to also sort and manage Post-its you have in your www.linqto.me account. You can use either of the two methods described above to add a Post-It to a folder. A folder can contain both Post-Its and favorites at the same time.

Happy sorting of content using folders in the Cloud with www.linqto.me!