DLS 101 - Bookmarklets aka favelets
Bookmarklets are commonly used to quickly tie into websites that allow you to share information. For example, this handy Delicious bookmarklet that allows you to easily save a URL to your Delicious bookmarks. Normally you'd copy the URL, go to Delicious, then paste it in to the right place and fill out the metadata. With the bookmarklet you simply hit the button (the bookmarklet in your bookmarks bar, or elsewhere in your bookmarks) and it will take whatever site you're on, send you to Delicious, and fill out the URL and title. It usually suggests some tags as well.
Lots of sites provide handy bookmarklets, including VodPod, Tumblr, Reddit and FriendFeed. But here are a few resources you might find handy or fun:
- The Internet Archive has a Wayback bookmarklet so you can see previous versions of a website instamagically (scroll down a bit).
- Prank your friends with the ability to edit any website (well, not Flash sites) using this fun bookmarklet.
- Opera users? Here's a pile of bookmarklets just for you.
- Ever wanted to read some text on a web page in big text, one word at a time? Check out the nifty Spreeder bookmarklet to do just that.
- Finally there's the spiffy Rollyo, which adds a search to any page you visit. Plus, you can save your searches for later.
[Hat tip to Lifehack for another excellent list of bookmarklets]