Everything You Need to Know About Me You Can Learn From My Toolbar

1996: What's a toolbar?

: Adweek, Adweak, IMDB, The New York Times, the New York Times Crossword, Yahoo Games

2001: Match.com, Writers Guild East, Gotham Writers Workshop, Media Bistro, Bloomsbury Press, Daily Candy, Zagat, Travelocity, Conde Nast Traveler, boggler, Yahoo Games

2004: Talking Points Memo, Daily Kos, Wesley Clark Meetup, Code Pink, Salon, Slate, New York Times, Yahoo Games

Early 2005: Urban Baby Message Boards, Babycenter, Babystyle registry, Babies R Us registry, safe fetus, kelly mom, six custom announcement sites, New York Times, Yahoo Games

Mid-2006: Blogger, Technorati, Sitemeter, Bloglines, Neomail, Flickr, Photobucket, BlogAds, BlogHer, cool mom picks, chbm.


Hey look! I made up a meme, didn't I? It sort of looks that way. Wow, my first made-up meme. I almost feel like Kristen.

Which means...your turn. That is, if you have the time. And if you're not too good for that sort of thing. Snotface.

Tell us how your toolbar (OR favorites - same difference, sheesh) on your browser has evolved through the years. No fair cheating to make yourself look cooler, either.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, looking at it like this is a wierd evolution of who I have been over the years...

1996-97: Ambrosia Games, Fantasoft Games, Microsoft Gaming Zone...

1998-99: If it had anything to do with genealogy, it was on my toolbar

2001-02: Cisco Systems, Juniper, Lucent Technologies, Breezecom, Wave Wireless, Dell...

2003: Anything having to do with the Family Entertainment Center industry

2004-05: Gracobaby.com, Medela.com, AventAmerica.com, LambsandIvy.com, SassyBaby.com, TinyLove.com, Bumbo.com...

2006: Bloglines, Blogrolling, Yahoo Mail...

Also, 2001 through today: Drudge, FoxNews, Weather Underground, Probe Ministries, Focus onthe Family, PluggedInOnline.com,

6/28/06, 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1998 - A what? On my Apple computer only Dr. Seuss's ABC's. Oh, and Arthur.

2001 - AOL stands alone alone on my brand new Gateway.

2004 - AOL stands alone. (are you sensing a theme here?)

2006 - I finally, on my HP laptop, figured out a toolbar. Um like about two months ago. So, the Junior High, the High School, Overnight Camp, Kvetch Blog Dashboard, Dictionary dot com, Thesaurus dot com.

Whoa. You can see I did not embellish. Fact is, I should've deleted this comment all together.

But whatever.

6/28/06, 8:48 AM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Sadly, I hardly ever use my toobar. I always say I'm going to do it (gotta get organized and all) but I never get around to it.

But my bookmarks and folders have changed quite a bit. Before, dog site after dog site with some travel and lifestyle sites thrown in for good measure. Now, baby, blog, home, baby, blog stuff, blog stuff, blog stuff...

6/28/06, 9:16 AM  
Blogger Cristina said...

This is pretty embarrassing, but I think I'm still where you were in 1996....What's a toolbar? Is that the same as bookmarks? Or favorites?

I have a "toolbar", but it just has the regular old stuff on it that came with the computer (e.g., buttons for pop up blocker, e-mail, etc.)

Are you saying that one can customized a toolbar?

...OK, I'm going to go hide my ignorant face in shame and embarrasment now.

6/28/06, 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with mommy off the record.

I have bouncing smily faces everywhere that arrived uninvited and other than that, I am a computer imbecile and know how to customize nothing.

6/28/06, 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can change your toolbar?

6/28/06, 11:51 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

This is great. Though my toolbar has remained sadly static throughout the years. My favorites folder has evolved, but not much.

6/28/06, 12:19 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sigh. I think I only realized the interent was for FUN this past year. All the other years, I was all professional on Education list serv's etc.

But I like all of you better, anyway.

6/28/06, 12:25 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Oh my goodness, no one customizes their favorites and puts them right on the toolbar so that they don't have to drag down menus to get to their most used sites? I don't know if I'm that geeky or that lazy.

6/28/06, 12:45 PM  
Blogger j.sterling said...

seriously... that DOES say a lot about you!!!!!!
what does it mean when my fucking toolbar hasn't changed?!?! lOL

6/28/06, 12:50 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Hmm.. only recently have I started using toolbar stuff over and above the Google toolbar. Now that I'm back on Firefox, I have a toolbar button for each 'group' of favourites (ie. blogs, news, comics, etc) and I right-click on the button, say 'open in tabs', and then the whole group of pages opens before my eyes! Before that I never even used to bother saving favourites.

6/28/06, 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've only had a tool bar, since Jan...of 06! That is when this new toy came home to live with me. I don't know how to change my tool bar. Now, my list of bookmarks is long indeed. All of my favorite blogs.

Afternoon project as I drink my tea...customize my tool bar. I assume there is HELP for that?

6/28/06, 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1997 - 1999: Whatever my roommate put on it. It was her computer.

1999 - 2000 - Fantasy football, fantasy basketball, solitaire

2001 - 2003 - imdb, funtrivia, espn.com, nfl.com, fantasy football, yahoo games

2003 - 2004 - Babycenter, fantasy football, funtrivia, Hearts, google

2005 - present - bloglines, cnn, tecnorati, site meter, Sarah and the Goon Squad dashboard, fantasy football, flickr, dictionary/thesaurus, blingo

6/28/06, 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there's a screenshot of mine on my post about Thalia taking over my start page.

(Like you I used to have real news sites like NYTimes and Economist.com up until I started blogging.)

6/28/06, 2:12 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

The Google toolbar is the only thing I've added! How boring!

Did you meet Nate on Match.com??

6/28/06, 2:54 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

To Whom It May Concern:
Please excuse Melanie from participating in this exercise because
a.) She has her "monthly."
b.) She is such a nerd she would keel over dead if you saw her favorites.
c.) She cannot remember almost any of them.
d.) She still frequents some of the forums and doesn't want anybody to know what a dork she really truly is.
Yours Truly,
Mel's Ego

6/28/06, 3:03 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Um....can I go with what Mel said?

You made up a meme? You are just too cool. Can I say, I knew you when?

6/28/06, 3:32 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Um, I haven't saved this, so I'm estimating a bit:

2002: Amazon.de, Apple, Google, Yahoo

2004: Amazon.de, Neil Gaiman's journal, C.J. Cherryh Progress report, Flylady.net

2006: Blogger, Sitemeter, Amazon.de, BlogHer, folder with blogs that don't have RSS feeds,flylady.net, Bloglines, e-mail, Christine Kane's blog

6/28/06, 4:10 PM  
Blogger Sharon L. Holland said...

2006: Bus schedules, YouTube, weather.com, Public Library, Amazon, Wikipedia, Dictionary.com/Thesaurus.com, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, a seminary chapel sermons audio site, Church, LibraryThing, and a site listing calories in fast food.

I can't remember previous years.

6/28/06, 4:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think I must have brain damage. Or maybe you are a toolbar savant? Hmmm... All I know is that if I even try to rack my brain to think about toolbar favorites I get a headache. I guess I should put it on my list of things to keep track of along with kids, keys, wallet...

6/28/06, 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the hell do you remember this stuff?

Do you have some kind of software that remembers it for you?

I have no hope of having any clue at all. But I do remember the days when I laughed at people who used the internet for being sad no-life geeks. And as for having your own web page... people are really that self-indulgent? Jeez, how awful!

6/28/06, 8:32 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

2005 and before: e-mail

2006+: Snotface

But not really. Just new at this.

6/28/06, 8:47 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I feel so...inadequate.

6/28/06, 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember past toolbars, but here's what I have now:

Fark, Google, IMDB, Yahoo!, My Credit Union's online banking site, my blog, del.icio.us.

Is it lame that I have a link for my own blog? Otherwise I'd have to type the address in every time, so it's faster, right?

For readers who don't know, it's easy to add a site to your toolbar. Say, for example, you want a link to CNN.com. On their main page, put the mouse over the CNN.com logo in the top corner, and click and drag up to your toolbar. Any link you don't want, just right click and select delete.

6/29/06, 1:07 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Okay, I am not a snotface so I'll play. But I didn't change nearly as often as you did.

1996-2000: Marketing Magazine, Adweek, Strategy Magazine, Adbusters, (ya I only used my computer for work)

2001-2002: Babycenter, Today's Parent, Yahoo email

2002 -2005: Charityvillage and a million other charity-focused or VAW advocacy sites (back to using the computer only for work)

2006: eBay, iTunes, Blogger, Bloglines ...

6/29/06, 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh shiiiiit. Now I can't fight the urge to do this meme! I will attack the task at hand the second I get home from work (my work favorites is all insurance crap!)

6/30/06, 12:22 PM  

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