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January 12, 2006

Surfing with English-Blog on Location

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"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." - Bertrand Russell

Ahoy Websurfers,

I recently upgraded an awesome web-tool I frequently use and thought it might be nice to pass on the info to anyone else out there who enjoys maximizing their internet experience. You may have heard of it already; it's called the "Alexa" tool-bar and I've been using it - at least - since my days of authoring the ESL-Lesson-Plan blog. Lately, I use it on a daily basis to dig out relevant websites and source material when I need it fast.

I can hear many of you saying already, "man alive, one more browser toolbar?" Take it from me, this one is unique, and many of you who blog might find this one especially useful. While you surf, this little guy presents similar websites (from keywords in the site you are on, perhaps?) saving you time from doing additional googles elsewhere. Also, the search field is powered by Google so you don't have to find that link everytime (turn your homepage in to something else for a change . . . like www.english-blog.com for example! :)

Bloggers and web designers alike, one of the particularly niftier features is the statistical info which lets you know how popular a website is at the time you are online, e.g. how many reciprocal links there are and other traffic details.

There's also a feature I absolutely adore called the "wayback" button (anybody remember the Harlem Globetrotters cartoons?). With this gadget you can actually see what a website looked like in the distant past, presumably from the internet cache itself.

As a lifelong English major, I also buy frequently from Amazon.com, especially from the independent vendors. So the having the little Amazon button right on the bar saves me from wasting valuable shortcut space in my "links" folder.

Did I mention that this toolbar also "foils" the "phishers?"

To get if for yourself, feel free to follow the link here.

Well, if you're game, put it to the test and don't say I didn't tell you so.

Back to my research,


Posted by lhobbs at January 12, 2006 08:26 PM

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