Useful Bookmarklets For Casual Web Users

by Karthik on July 4, 2008 · 8 comments

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This is a guest post by Sumesh.

Bookmarklets are bookmarks whose URLs contain small bits of JavaScript code, that can accomplish specific tasks. These range from the crazy and wacky to useful and time-saving bookmarklets. Since we’re using bookmarklets to save time, we shall leave the crazy and wacky ones for another post.

To save these bookmarks, just right click on the link to the bookmark and save it into your bookmark folder.

Once saved, simply go to that bookmark for the required action. You can see my collection of bookmarklets on the right. I have organized it into a folder placed in the toolbar, so that any bookmarklet can be accessed with 2 clicks. Onto the favelets then.

  • Add to Mixx :

    Mixx is a Digg-like social media website growing in its popularity. Mixx has almost no spammy stories and less Apple/Linux bias, so I recommend it if you are getting tired of Digg’s bias. This bookmarklet submits the page(that you are viewing) to Mixx in a new tab.

  • BugMeNot :

    BugMeNot.com popularized the concept of sharing user logins. Websites invariably require registrations for various purposes, which creates unnecessary hassle. To save time, you can simply search for the website at BugMeNot.com and use any of the logins that others have created for all to use. To save even more time, you can use this bookmarklet to skip the searching step.

  • Lookup on Archive.org

    Archive.org indexes millions of web pages, and stores various versions of them. By searching for a website in Archive.org, you can pull up various versions of the page from history. Interesting tool to see how your favorite blogs and websites transformed through the years.

  • Rewrite links to Google Cache

    Replaces links on a page with links to Google cache pages. Googlebot crawls pages submitted to Digg very quickly(thereby increasing chances of caching). I haven’t tested it yet extensively, but it might be useful to access dugg pages that go offline during heavy traffic.

  • Shorten URLs with is.gd

    is.gd is my favorite URL shortener because of the size of domain (only 4 letters!). This bookmarklet creates shortened is.gd URL of the current page, with one click. 

  • Shorten with TinyURL

    If you are a TinyURL loyalist, you can use this bookmarklet that shortens the URL of the current page with one click. However, I would still recommend sticking to is.gd because, with widespread use, TinyURL isn’t so tiny anymore.

  • Subscribe in Google Reader

    Google Reader is the most popular feed reader. When you want to subscribe to RSS feed on a page, can click the bookmarklet. You will also have to confirm the subscription from within Google Reader.

Of course, there are tons of other bookmarklets provided by the websites themselves (is.gd and TinyURL provide bookmarklets), and there are so many creative ways in which you can use them. Heck, you can even make bookmarklets for those websites that already don’t have one. Share your favorite bookmarklets in comments – we would all do well with some more creative bookmarklets.

(By) Sumesh, a technology enthusiast who writes software and web application reviews and tips at TechZilo ( subscribe to feed ), and blogging, SEO and WordPress tips at BlogCreativity ( subscribe to feed ).

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UnknownOne July 5, 2008 at 3:24 am

I don’t really understand this much..but I will after a few minutes / hours of playing about

Thanks!

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FireFox July 5, 2008 at 3:45 am

I do understand, you just give trough your current website automatically and the javascript will use this one. So you can count words or find the cached google website.
Nice to hear your back Karthik.
By the Way , since I’m also an Engineering student : I passed all my Exams !!

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Karthik Kastury July 5, 2008 at 4:07 am

@Firefox, I got one more exam to go buddy.. Then I’ll take the sunday off and probably unwind myself at the beach and then be back to blogging from Monday :)

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Sumesh July 5, 2008 at 11:53 pm

@UnknownOne: Save bookmarklets of your choice as advised and try them a bit. You’ll get to know it quickly once you try. Leave a comment here if you still don’t get it (highly unlikely).

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Ajay July 16, 2008 at 12:30 pm

i love mixx and google reader

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lordy December 17, 2008 at 7:32 pm

i prefer more xs.md

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Matt March 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

Great article…But, what about removing those clutters and reading clean article. Remove the clutter from an article and read whats important to you..

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android spy March 28, 2011 at 5:03 am

Very informative hub, it is wonderful to read. Thank you for sharing. God bless you!

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