Remember when you found that jaw-dropping image that was perfect for your next newsletter or report?
Or when you discovered the perfect website, blog or recipe online?
Or when you tripped over that online video that made you laugh from the gut and snort from your nose?
If I asked you to share the video, perfect website or jaw-dropping image with me, could you …. without taking forever and gnashing your teeth in the meantime or avoiding the sinking feeling that they’re all lost to the Ethernet forever?
Can you relate to drumming your fingers on your desk in frustration because you can’t find that online resource that you had just had at the tip of your fingers?
I hear you. Being able to instantly access massive amounts of online information definitely has its costs. One of those costs is being able to retrieve and share the information easily and efficiently.
But lean in. I have a simple solution for you.
Gnashing teeth, sinking feeling and drumming of fingers will be a thing of the past.
And not only will you be able to save and retrieve valuable online resources but bonus, you’ll be able to share them with ease.
Imagine the next time you do a presentation you knock it out of the park and people are clamouring for your resources, you won’t have to inwardly groan at how long that’s going to take. Rather you can smile and graciously say, ‘Of course, here’s how you instantly access them.’
You’ll also be able to easily save, retrieve and share that awesome video, website, blog, picture and more.
Can you imagine that sweet spot?
Let’s get you going from grimacing to grinning.
Enter the answer.
Enter ease and efficiency.
First – setting the stage
Have you bookmarked resources on your computer? Bookmarking is when you save a URL to your browser. Here are some I’ve saved, which I’ve put into folders. When I work on my social media posts for example, all my related URLS are in one folder. Likewise when I work on my finances everything is tucked away nice and easy to find again in one folder.
Here’s what it looks like on my computer.
Second – getting beyond the but
Bookmarking websites you frequently visit is great but there’s a great big but. It only works if you always work on the same computer and if you don’t need to share those resources.
Enter that fabulous presentation you did and now want to share your resources. Bookmarking the resources on your computer is NOT going to help you here. What will though is social bookmarking (she says with a flourish, flicking back a red velvet curtain, because yes, it’s that damn good).
If you work on different computers and/or want to share resources, may I present social bookmarking. It’s like regular bookmarking but, well, social. And that means those fav resources of yours can be easily, conveniently and quickly shared.
Social bookmarking means you can save, retrieve and share anything you find online; videos, websites, images etc., from any computer.
Third – Two ways to get started
To start using a social bookmarking tool you’ll need to pick one. There are lots of them. I use one called Diigo.
It’s easy to use and free.
Here are two ways to use it.
Option One: easy peasy
Go into my account and surf around. On the left hand side of the page you’ll see all my tags – those are the descriptions of what I’ve categorized in my Diigo account. And they’re all there for you to take a look at. Click on my tools tag if you want to look at a bunch of tech tool resources. Or dive into the productivity tag, or any other of your choice.
When you’re in my main page, the resources at the top are the ones I’ve mostly recently tagged. And they update automatically. If I tag something while you’re reading this, voila, it will be there for you to look at.
Create your own account and start social bookmarking your own resources.
Download Diigo on your computer and start saving away. Once you do you’ll see a little Diigo icon in your browser. When you have an online resource you want to save, simply click the little Diigo icon and click through how you want to save it.
By the way, see the little red dot on my icon? That means the page you’re currently on has already been saved to your Diigo account.
Also in case your nerves are acting up with the thought of making your resources public, you can also save them privately, so only you can see them.
Next time you find that perfect online resource you’ll be able to save it in a snap, find it again in a jiffy and share it with ease. Ahhh, enter ease and efficiency.
Now go on and learn, laugh and lead.
Check out my Diigo account.
Watch this poignant and funny video of this little girl who has an early experience with what it’s like to lose things online.
Create your own Diigo account and start social bookmarking yourself.