How does it work? It’s an easy 2 step process:
1. Drag the Linkify bookmarket to your personal toolbar.
2. Dang! There is no step 2! Sorry about that. I, um, got mixed up. There’s just one step.
Now how do you use it? Well, see the link I made to Laurence Gonsalves? To do that, I wrote the words “Laurence Gonsalves,” selected that text, and clicked the “Linkify” bookmarklet. Here’s what you see:
Up pops a frame on the right-hand side of your browser with search results from Google (this is powered via Google’s AJAX search). You mouse over the result links to see which one you want, and when you find the answer you want, click “create link”. The selected text will turn into a hyperlink.
It’s that easy. If you’ve noticed that I’ve had a few more links in my last few posts, it’s because Linkify reduces the annoyance of making a hyperlink.
Thanks to Laurence (who happens to be a Googler) for writing this handy tool. Hat tip to Ionut Alex. Chitu for mentioning this bookmarklet. And thanks to Danny Sullivan for jogging my memory that I wanted to write about this.
Disclaimer: This bookmarklet works great for me on Firefox 2. If it doesn’t work for you on your browser, sorry to show you a glimpse of joy that doesn’t work for you.