Keeping a good collection of bookmarks is a very healthy use of the web. As I noted yesterday, your personal collection can become a people powered search by going to your Diigo or Delicious accounts first before searching the open web. After all, you’ve already found and evaluated the resources. It’s just a matter of re-accessing them.
If you’re just getting into this process, your personal library may not be comprehensive enough yet. So, why not build a community in your favourite service and do your searching within the community. You’re a member because you respect their opinion so put it over the top by tapping onto their resources when needed.
With modern browsers, you don’t even have to physically visit the site. Forget about having Google, Bing, or Yahoo! as your default search engine – change it to you. Or, rather your own Diigo/Delicious account.
With Google Chrome, it’s as simple as this.
Go to your Chrome preferences and from the Basics, choose your Search Engines. Select “Add” an entry and fill in the blanks and you’re good to go. To add Diigo, it’s as simple as the illustration shows. Just make sure that you make it your Default search engine and from this point forward, searches will be performed at Diigo first.
If you’re a Firefox user, just visit the Diigo site, log in, and pull down the search menu.
It can’t get much better than that! To add Delicious, head over to the Firefox Add-on site and add the Delicious Add-on. I’m using the latest beta version of Firefox which doesn’t support the add-on so can’t illustrate it at this time. However, it does work nicely and adds even more than just a simple search function. You’ve got access to all of the tags that you’ve used and more. I can’t wait to have this functionality back.
Bottom line though is that tools like this can help you streamline your searching process. Instead of wandering around the wide open web looking for something, use the fact that you (or someone else) has already done the work, evaluated the results, and have nicely tucked them away for you.
You won’t find everything that you need this way and your old faithful searching routines will help nicely. If you’ve got a library though, I think you’ll find this very productive.