Childlike, in many ways, I retained that inquisitive nature which makes children so frustrating and adorable in equal measures. Not a thing escapes Isobel’s attention without the questioning of what is that daddy? The Internet gives me access to such a wealth of information and satisfies my urges as an information whore. Anything and everything that I am curious about gets Googled. I am not a passive reader and as I read an online article my searching and inquisitive mindset asks more questions, so easily distracted that I spider off on a random journey of discovery often not returning to the original source.
So it was good to add another tool to my browsing toolkit. I recently came upon an impressive Firefox 3 extension by Linkool Labs. Juice allows me to discover information in a sidebar area of the browser without disrupting my workflow. It’s easy to use - I select and drag a word or piece of text towards the sidebar and Juice searches its information sources such as Google news, YouTube and Wikipedia. Juice returns different content (such as blog posts, news, YouTube, videos, images etc) in tabbed categories. Juice achieves this using what the Linkool team describes Juice as an ‘intelligent discovery engine’. I can read the content or bookmark for later. Juice is also a media clipping tool and has the ability to capture images and video to a personal library. Juice stores the images or video in the side pane so later on you can browse your collection.
Juice integrates so well with my browsing experience. Well, that is when it works. Like many beta web apps Juice is temperamental. But I can forgive Juice for its flakiness as the Linkool team are actively working to address bugs and take on user feedback. It gets a thumbs up from me. I’m sure enhancements are on their way such as allowing a user to store your clippings so you can access them from any pc, customising the information sources that Juice queries, customising what side the results pane sits on, better labelling (why ‘magic’?) etc so Juice will just get better.
Juice is a free download so if you have Firefox 3 go grab this extension. This Firefox extension and more that help quench my thirst for information are covered in this excellent article – 9 Firefox extensions for the Information Whore.