September 16, 2008

To See If Once-Favorite Sites Are Living or Dead, Weed Out Those Bookmarks

By Al Gibes

With Labor Day behind us, cooler weather ahead of us and the political season heading down the home stretch, I figure it's time to update my bookmarks. A little fall cleaning, that is.

Those of you using Internet Explorer know bookmarks as "favorites," but Firefox is my browser du jour, with Safari also seeing occasional use. They both still call a bookmark a bookmark, even though I rely on them far less often than I did six or seven years ago.

I can't remember when I last weeded out dead bookmarks or grouped new ones into folders. I used to do it every few months, but with my reliance on Google and Yahoo for search, any new bookmarks are reserved for sites that may have been hard to find initially, or ones I deem Web gems.

If you've been using the Web for more than a couple of years, spend some time with your bookmarks. You might be surprised to find more than a handful of sites you once saved are gone.

I have a couple hundred sites bookmarked in Firefox, saved long ago and imported from old browser files. I clicked on a few dozen of my once-favorites, and found about 20 percent lead nowhere. The sites have either been moved or have been swallowed into the vapor of cyberspace. I should clean this massive list up, but just like the pile of stuff in my garage, it's not hurting anyone, and it will still be there tomorrow.

Today's browsers make it easy to add bookmarks to the toolbar near the top of the window. These are the cream-of-the-crop bookmarks, and mine include everything from weather to reference to sports and other personal interest sites. I use these often, and keep them updated.

For those unfamiliar with adding favorite sites to the browser toolbar, look for the "organize bookmarks" option in your browser menu. Firefox makes it easy to manage bookmarks, and even a novice can figure it out after a few minutes.


Some seasonal sites you might want to add to your bookmarks or toolbar include:

* Nevada Preps


This site was launched last week by the Review-Journal's sports department, and it will be home for every sport at 32 high schools in Southern Nevada.

From football to bowling and everything in between, you'll find schedules, scores and statistics. It's a work in progress, so we ask for your patience and feedback.

* Political coverage


You'll find coverage of this week's Republican convention and an archive of the Democrats' show last week. Don't miss the blogs by Review-Journal staff members Erin Neff and Molly Ball, as they provide the latest information through the day.

This site will be the go-to spot through the election season.

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