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That Seemingly Heartwarming Story You Forwarded is – Well…Bogus

We’ve all gotten them. That email that a co-worker or friend forwards to us about  about a sick child who wants to break a world record for receiving the most postcards, or perhaps you’ve seen the email urging you to quickly put your mobile phone number on the “Do not call” registry or else you will start receiving telemarketing calls on your cell.

Emails and stories like these grab our attention because they seem believable and can get us emotional.  They get us either angry, shocked, sad, or concerned.  Most of the time though, these stories turn out to be false.

Urban Legends

If you have any doubt about whether these emails have any truth to them, you absolutely have to run the story by a debunking / hoax checking site because that email or story may just be and urban legend.

Snopes.com and UrbanLegends.about.com

Both Snopes.com and UrbanLegends.about.com have compiled a comprehensive list of the most common urban legends and Internet hoaxes. It only takes a moment to go to either site and do a quick search on the topic. You can even use Google or Yahoo to do the search. Try typing “site:snopes.com jay leno” into your search box (the “site:snopes.com” portion of the search will restrict the results to only pages found at snopes.com) and check out the results.

You would be surprised at how many of the chain letters we receive are actually listed on these sites. They will also go into a little detail about where and when the legend started, and if it was partially based on fact, and whether or not the story is true, a little bit true, or just plane fake. I am a little partial to Snopes.com because they have a nice color-coded breakdown by the legend’s truth factor.

Do yourself a favor before you forward on one of these messages and check one of these sites before you hit “send”. Don’t get worked up over a tearjerker or infuriating story, only to find out that it was bogus.

Fun Factor

Not only are these sites useful for checking on the status of the emails you get, but also can be quite fun to browse. Check out the section on Movies at Snopes.com or UrbanLegends.about.com’s Celebrities section. Both sites have plenty of content to keep you entertained.

Some Snopes Categores

Here is a screen shot of just a few of the categories that are available to puruse.

More Links

Here are a few more links to you make want to check out.

If you’ve found other good urban legend sites, I would love to get their URLs. Leave a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it.

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Stikkit – These Notes Think for Themselves

stikkit- home In my search to become more productive I have come across a web site that offers a free service to help keep me organized. Stikkit.com lets you create Stikkits (like little post-it notes) that think.

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Why I’ll Never Use My Browser’s Bookmark Feature Again

The truth is, there really isn’t any need to use bookmarks in the traditional sense anymore. I, like many of you, use multiple computers for various reasons. I have one at work, one at home, a laptop, a MAC a PC, etc… and 95% of the time you can find a browser window open. So how do I keep from going insane trying to keep all my browser bookmarks in sync? Sure I can export my bookmarks to a file, copy them to a USB drive, and import them on every computer I use. No thanks, there has got to be a better way, and there is.

Online Bookmarks

The use of online bookmarks has revolutionized the way I work, and it can do the same for you. As long as I can browse the web, I’ll have access to all my bookmarks in an organized and easy to use interface. No longer will I use the bookmark this feature of my browser, there are much better tools. Follow me to bookmark ease.


delicious.jpgThe URL http://del.icio.us is a bit hard to remember and type correctly. I suggest the following tip. Remember “del.” – like the computer company with one “l”, easy right. Then “.us” – so now you have the front and the back of the URL “del. .us”. Say out the rest – “I see I owe” – icio. —-> del.icio.us

Now that we have that down, we can discuss the features of del.icio.us. Once your create a free del.icio.us account, you can submit a website URL to be listed under your account – once submitted it is now a Del.icio.us Bookmark. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to understand an important concept – Tags.

Tags are a way to categorize your bookmarks without the use of traditional folders or hierarchies. You can tag things multiple times and tags can be any words you wish. When you go through the process of submitting a URL to del.icio.us you will be asked for how to “tag” the entry. Just tags things with words that are meaningful to you. A few of my tags include: “movies”, “tv”, “books”, “iPod”, “scifi”, “programming”, and the list goes on. Here is an example of how I might tag a website URL that reviews books. It makes sense to tag the entry as “books”. Maybe that site is specific to science fiction; I would tag the site as “books” and “SciFi”. Maybe I will even add a new tag called “reviews”. Because tags are created at the time of submission, there is no limit to the number of tags an entry can have.

Once you have bookmarked sites on del.icio.us, you can view all your bookmarks when you sign into you account. You will see a list of tags on the right. The default view is as a list, but many people prefer the “cloud” view.tagsList.pngtagsCloud.png

Click on any of the tags to get a list of sites that you have bookmarked as that tag name. Don’t forget to also look at the “related tags” that will now be available if you have tagged any items with multiple words.

Del.icio.us also allows you to “Bundled Tag”. This allows you to put tags in categories for further organization.tagsBundled.png

Submitting sites to del.icio.us is fairly simple. Follow this link http://del.icio.us/help/buttons to get bookmarklets for you browser. Just click on the “post to del.icio.us” button to submit the site you are on to your del.icio.us account. These bookmarklets are great, but I must recommend the Firefox Del.icio.us extension. For those of you using Firefox, I cannot stress how well this extension integrates with your del.icio.us account. The extension can be found at http://del.icio.us/help/firefox/extensionnew and once installed will place a couple of small icons next to Firefox’s address bar. tagButton.pngGive it a try; I’m sure you will find it useful.

Del.icio.us also allows you to import your bookmarks from your browsers and will attempt to assign them the most popular tags. This is a great feature and will save you a lot of time. The import feature even detects duplicates and will ignore them for the import if you choose.


Del.icio.us is also a site/bookmark sharing site. You’ll notice that all your bookmarks are located at http://del.icio.us/youraccountname. You can send this link to your friends, and every entry you have “shared” will be visible to them. How about sending them a link for just specific tags. You can send them http://del.icio.us/youraccountname/art. Everything you have tagged as art is under that URL. And if you have friends on del.icio.us, you can add them to your network and submit sites to their del.icio.us account.

Del.icio.us has changed the way I will use bookmarks. I no longer have to worry about folders or trying to sync multiple browsers. The info above is just a small portion of what del.icio.us offers. What do you use del.icio.us for? Any tips or suggestions? What about Google bookmarks?

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