Live bookmarks on Firefox

Using Mozilla Firefox as your fave web browser? Are you a busy person who also wants to stay tuned to the latest news?

In case you don’t know, Firefox has this feature called Live Bookmarks. In fact, a default install of Firefox already has a live bookmark right on the bookmark toolbar, called BBC. Just click on the name and a list of latest news titles appears. Click on a title that interests you and pronto you’ll be led to a web page containing the full story of that title.

Want to try adding Live Bookmarks yourself? There are two ways:

  1. Go to your favorite news site, say http://news.yahoo.com. Look at the rightmost portion of Firefox’s address bar. If you see an RSS Feeder icon, that means the site can be live-bookmarked. Click on that icon and a dialog box appears. You may change the name of the live bookmark if you want and you may accept the default folder in which the bookmark will be stored.
  2. From the menu bar, choose Bookmarks->Manage Bookmarks. Then select a folder in which you want a bookmark to be placed. Then choose from the menu bar File->Add New Live Bookmark. Then on the “Properties for New Live Bookmark” dialog box, enter at least the bookmark’s name and feed location, e.g., http://news.yahoo.com.

Some news sites don’t provide RSS feeds based on the front page. Just look at the page for a link called RSS placed near, say, a news section. Place the mouse pointer on the link and look at the status bar below. The information provided gives you an idea whether the link is a feed location itself. If it is, right-click on the link and select “Copy link location” from the context menu that appears. Then paste that link location to the feed location asked by the New Live Bookmark dialog box.

The inq7.net has loads of RSS feeds. Check this out.

Lastly, Live Bookmarking is not only for news sites but also for blogs. Just look, for instance, at the header part of this blog of mine. Do you see the “Subscribe to feed” link? In case you’re interested (you must be, I must say) in live-bookmarking my site, you now know what to do.

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