My very favorite bookmarklet is one that most of you reading my blog are probably already aware of – the “Pin It” bookmarklet from Pinterest.
For those of you who haven’t already discovered Pinterest, here’s the scoop: it is an online pinboard where you can organize and share pictures of all the beautiful things you find on the web. To get started, simply go to the Pinterest website (www.pinterest.com) and click the red box to “Request an Invite”. Don’t ask me why you have to request an invite, just do it – within a few days you will get an e-mail inviting you to become part of Pinterest and set up your Pinterest page. You then add the “Pin It” bookmarklet to your bookmark bar (it’s as simple as clicking and dragging the button) and you are ready to go.
Now any time you are searching the web and see an image that you’d like to save, simply click the “Pin It” bookmarklet and it will be stored on your personal Pinterest page. When you pin from a website, Pinterest automatically grabs the source link so you can click on the image on your pinboard and go back to the original source in the future. You can then organize your pinned images onto different boards with titles of your choosing – here’s what my Pinterest page looks like:
Being the home decorating junkie that I am, most of my boards are home-related but Pinterest is also a great tool for organizing online recipes, planning a wedding, making a Christmas wish list, etc. One of the best parts about Pinterest is that you can browse pinboards created by other people (whether they are your friends or just others who share your same interests) and “follow” them so you see their new pins – it truly is an endless sources of inspiration. There is also a Pinterest app for the iphone, which allows the additional function of pinning with your camera. If you’re not already on Pinterest, request an invite – you will love it, I promise.
One of my other favorite bookmarklets is CraigsEasy (craigseasy.com). If you’re ever searched Craigslist for a certain item, you know it’s anything but easy – you have to click on each “for sale” item to see the picture of it, then go back the original screen and do it all over again. It takes FOR-EV-ER. With CraigsEasy, you no longer have to click back and forth through pages of listings but instead can look through the listings by pictures. So once you get to the screen that you want to search (like this one where I am searching for a chandelier),
you can simply click the “Easy” button that you have installed on your bookmark bar (in the same way that you install the “Pin It” button) and your search now looks like this: