The number of browser tabs have you got open at this time? Be truthful. Are you going to check out all of the websites today or do you want to keep the tabs open until you find some time to review them, maybe later in the week?
Each morning I open my RSS reader (NewsFire within 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 likely to read each one of these articles, it will take you more than an hour, are you prepared to spend so much time this morning just reading what other folks have to say? Don’t you have to begin working?”. It’s good to possess this built-in warning system, however what am I planning to do, because I already begun hitting that space bar and reading this news?
My RSS reading routine goes similar to this: I press the room bar to leap in one new item to another one. I browse the headlines fast, and when it attracts me I scan the remainder of the article. If it’s very short or fascinating I might read it right away, but this usually doesn’t happen. When I like it and want to read it later I hit the return key to open the post within my chrome tab. There is not any have to wait, I will continue scanning the articles while it loads in the background.
After I finished this process I go to my browser and what exactly do I see? Exactly, one page using a crazy amount of open tabs. Can I go do other work now leaving my browser like this without getting bothered by those tabs? I don’t think so! The next thing is experiencing the opened tabs and saving the articles I want to read later. Personally I really like to use DEVONthink, my database application. We have a script setup with a link in my browser that when clicked will send a web archive from the current website directly to my database. All articles are put in a single folder. Then, reading a story I will manually put it in a folder inside the right category. One of the beautiful things of DEVONthink is its artificial intelligence: should there be a folder with already a few articles with similar contents you can use the ‘Auto-Classify’ functionality to automatically position the files within the right folders. All articles is going to be saved and (Spotlight-) searchable for later reference.
Using cluster tabs is easy and has advantages. For instance, you may create a tab & name it something similar to Marketing & tools. Now each and every time you get a good website on this subject you simple combine it with this tab. Similarly in case you are researching a topic including Gold Prospecting, Each website you visit that you might want to re-visit you could add to a tab you create called Gold Prospecting Research.
You could make as many tabs similar to this as you wish at all and for research & marketing purposes it gets better still. When you produce a tab, that tab possesses its own URL & is published for the WWW. Now should you be working together with someone or on the team project. You can simply e-mail them your cluster tab URL & they may have all of the websites you would like them to funeej at hand. They just click the cluster tab URL each one reveals and is ready to view.
These tabs may also be used for Training purposes. A good example may be creating a web-based e-mail course in which the student simply clicks on the cluster tab URL to have all the websites related to the course. Tabs can also be used for marketing by directing e-mail recipients to some cluster URL of merchandise, services or information. The could be linked on websites for individuals to click on and be taken to a tab created specially for marketing purposes.
Ok, just what exactly if you don’t provide an application that will do this to suit your needs or you just don’t want to save all articles on your own hard drive? There exists a nice new little tool called Instapaper that may be helpful: With a button on your own browser you can save any article to Instapaper. Click on it while in an open window, as well as your article will be saved on the Instapaper website. Now you may just close all those tabs without losing anything and discover a listing of your saved articles when you have several free hours to see!