The same rationale that I used yesterday continues today. If you have a good collection of bookmarks tucked away on Delicious or Diigo, then it makes a great deal of sense to search them first. After all, you’ve already previewed them and if you’re looking at the entirety of these services, so have others. Why not use that previously spent energy to get the best results rather than starting from scratch each time. Yesterday, I showed you how to change the default search engine in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Today, a couple more browsers. I like that developers recognize the functionality of doing this and have support built in for customizing your choice of search engines.
In Opera, the process is similar to working with Google Chrome. In the top right corner, you’ll find the search box. Pull down the menu to look at the search engines already defined. At the bottom, you’ll see the option to manage your search engine. You’re in the right spot. Just click on add a search engine and configure it to your satisfaction. Here, I’m going to add Delicious as my default search engine. The key is to get the right “Address”. I used:
Chances are, you’ll want to change the “dougpete” to your own account. (unless you do want to search mine…)
Finally, the easiest one of all. If you’re using the latest Beta 9 of Internet Explorer, you can install a search engine like Diigo in a heartbeat.
Open the Internet Explorer browser and go to this website: http://www.ieaddons.com/ca/ All of the Internet Explorer add ons are there. Now, you can go browsing or find what you want quite quickly by searching for Diigo. However you get there, just click on the orange “Add to Internet Explorer” button and the search is added. To make it the default, click on the little cog icon and choose Internet Options and then click on options from the search defaults. You’ll have the opportunity to make any of the search engines your default. Choose Diigo and you’re searching your account immediately.
Hopefully, regardless of your choice of browser, you’ve done some setup and experimentation. By searching yourself and your learning community first, you’re validating the work you put into collecting the resources in the first place.