UPDATE DEC. 20: Ask, and you shall receive. An enterprising Contentious reader built exactly what I wanted. Now you can use it too…
I dearly love the free Firefox web browser especially all the cool add-ons people have developed for it (since it’s open source). Lately I’ve been having fun adding new search engines to the search field in the toolbar. Several good search engines are included with the browser but if you want more, there are plenty of Firefox search plugins to choose from.
For instance, with the right search plugin installed I can search my del.icio.us page of recommended reading links right from my web browser, without having to go to del.icio.us first.
Alas, I can’t yet do that with my Furl archive where searchability is more important to me, after all. Maybe some dashing developer will make this little wish of mine come true (hint hint).
Here’s what I’d love to see…
I use Furl primarily because it stores a copy of all the web pages I save there, creating a searchable archive of all the cool stuff I’ve found on the web. This means that when I’m trying to remember if I read anything cool on, say, flex-fuel vehicles, the first thing I’ll do is search my Furl archive.
I tend not to make many comments in my Furl archive though. It’s mainly a storage system for me. I store far more pages than I wish to share with Contentious readers. I share my recommended link list through Del.icio.us, so that’s where I make my most of comments and do detailed tagging. (I explained my system for that in this article.
Right now, though, if I want to search my Furl archive, I need to go to Furl and log in. Not a big deal, really.
Still, I would love it if I could go to my search toolbar, choose “My Furl archive” from the drop-down list, and it would log me in to Furl and let me search my archive there (both public pages and private). Not just the metadata: the actual contents of the pages stored in my archive. For instance, a search for “AVFIC” would turn up this article on the Adaptive Variable Fuel Internal Combustion engine, which I archived today in Furl.
Right now there is a Firefox search plugin for Furl, but that searches ALL the public archives in Furl not just my archive, let alone the private pages in my archive.
I don’t know if a “My Furl archive” search plugin is possible, but I would love it….