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Bookmarklets: Adding Sources to Trickle the Easy Way

Using a Bookmarklet is the quickest and easiest way to add a source to Trickle using a browser on Mac or PC. Setting up a bookmarklet takes less than 30 seconds, if you know how! The first time you add a link to Trickle, you'll probably do it by copying the web address for the page you want to save and then pasting it on your My Trickle page. This method works well, but it requires a bit of switching back and forth between different browser tabs. Luckily, there is a better way! If you're on a smartphone, you can use a shortcut as we describe in this blog post. If you're using a computer like a Mac or a PC, you can add a Bookmarklet to your browser. This post will explain how to set it up. Content What is a Bookmarklet Example Bookmarklet Creating a Bookmarklet for Trickle - Bookmarkleter Tool (Easiest method!) - Manual Method (Chrome) - Manual Method (Safari) - Any other browser What is a Bookmarklet? Web browsers like Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox let you save links to websites so that you can easily find them again. These saved links are called bookmarks or favourites, depending on the browser, we'll just call them bookmarks from now on. Bookmarklets use the bookmark feature in your browser not to navigate to a website, but to execute a command in Javascript. Example Bookmarklet Javascript might sound frightening to any non-coders reading this, but it doesn't need to be. Here's a quick example of what a bookmarklet can do. You can do this live in your browser, just add a bookmark and paste the Javascript below where the URL usually goes. Let's name this example bookmarklet: "Pinkify". Can you guess what effect running the following Javascript code on a website would have? javascript:(function(){document.body.style.background = 'pink';})(); If you guessed that it would change the background colour to pink, then you were absolutely right. And don't worry, that change only takes place locally on your computer, so you haven't just coloured Wikipedia pink for everyone in the world. Creating a Bookmarklet that adds sources to Trickle Now, let's make use of these Bookmarklets to help us quickly add a source to Trickle without needing to copy the link, navigate to the Trickle site and manually paste the address. We're going to create an "Add to Trickle" bookmarklet. If you run it while visiting a specific webpage, the browser will copy the address for that page and automatically open Trickle and paste it for you. So saving a source takes just two clicks. There are two ways to add this code to your bookmarks. Both are really easy, but we'll walk through them step-by-step. Bookmarkleter Tool (Easiest method!) Developer Chris Zarate created a nifty tool for creating bookmarklets which is available to all on Github. Using this tool is the easiest way to create an "Add to Trickle" bookmarklet. Here's how: Click the following link: https://chriszarate.github.io/bookmarkleter/Leave all the Options as they are Give the Bookmarklet a name like "Add to Trickle"Paste the following Javascript where it says "Paste your Javascript here" javascript:(function(){location.href='https://trickle.app/?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)}()); Ensure that the Bookmarks Bar (Chrome) or the Bookmarks Sidebar (Safari) is open Show "Bookmarks Bar" in ChromeOpen "Bookmarks Sidebar" in Safari Drag the link to the Bookmarks Bar (Chrome) or to the Bookmarks Sidebar (Safari) Drag the link to the Bookmarks Bar in ChromeDrag the Link to the Bookmarks Sidebar in Safari Your Bookmarklet is ready to be used! Whenever you find something you want to save to Trickle: just open the page in your browser and click the bookmarklet. Note that you might have to sign in to Trickle if you aren't logged in already. Manual method for the CHROME browser Chrome is the most popular browser globally. Let's look at how to create a bookmarklet in this browser. Open your Chrome BrowserClick the Menu button at the top right (three vertical dots) Hover your mouse over the Bookmarks Option, which opens an additional list containing a list of your existing bookmarksNow click on Bookmarks ManagerClick the Menu button of the Bookmarks Manager (again three vertical dots, but not the same ones as before! These are slightly below the three dots you clicked to open the Chrome menu.)Click on Add new bookmark Name the Bookmark something like "Add to Trickle"Paste the Javascript in the box marked URL (this makes the bookmark into a bookmarklet!) javascript:(function(){location.href='https://trickle.app/?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)}()); Find the new Bookmarklet at the very bottom of your bookmarks list, drag and drop it closer to the top of the list to make it easier to access (optional) Show the Bookmarks Bar (optional): Open the Chrome Menu again and hover over Bookmarks, then click Show Bookmarks Bar Your Bookmarklet is ready to be used! Whenever you find something you want to save to Trickle: just open the page in your browser and click the bookmarklet. Note that you might have to sign-in to Trickle if you aren't logged in already. Manual method for the SAFARI browser Safari is the second most-popular browser. Here is how to create a bookmarklet for Safari: Open the Safari browserOpen Bookmarks in the SidebarOpen any website e.g. https://trickle.app In the Menu Bar at the top of your Mac's display, you should see the apple symbol and the word "Safari" (if not make sure you have Safari open and that it's the last app you clicked on) Click on BookmarksClick Add BookmarkRename the Bookmark to something like "Add to Trickle" Make a note of what folder you are adding the bookmark to (Favorites is the default)Click Add — a bookmark has been created, but it doesn't contain the Javascript code yetCopy the Bookmarklet Javascript from below (highlight the text then Command+C) javascript:(function(){location.href='https://trickle.app/?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)}()); Now find the new "Add to Trickle" bookmark and two-finger-tap or right-click itClick on Edit Address... Delete the web address (URL) that's currently therePaste the Javascript into the box where the URL previously was Drag the Bookmarklet to the top of your favourites (optional) Your Bookmarklet is ready to be used! Whenever you find something you want to save to Trickle: just open the page in your browser and click the bookmarklet. Note that you might have to sign-in to Trickle if you aren't logged in already. Bookmarklet in any other browser It should be easy to add a bookmarklet to any other browser e.g. Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Simply add a new bookmark and paste the Javascript where the URL normally goes. The process should be similar to what we described above. Here's the Javascript: javascript:(function(){location.href='https://trickle.app/?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)}()); If you are using a browser other than Chrome or Safari and you're struggling to set up your Bookmarklet, then don't hesitate to reach out via our on-site chat or at support@trickle.app.

Phil von Heydebreck
05 May 2021

How you can add sources to your Trickle account

With Trickle, you can easily save and connect sources from around the web to build your personal knowledge library. Use Trickle to never forget a great source again! These days we are all flooded with information from many different channels, like news sites, social media, newsletters, podcasts, etc. In there are frequently great articles, videos or websites which are actually relevant to you but it is hard to keep a hold of them and they are quickly buried in the noise soon to be forgotten. Everything with a web address can be added to your personal Trickle account. Here's how: Copy the link of an article, video or website (often referred to as URL or sharing link) to the clipboardLogin to Trickle (create a free account here), go to My Sources and click the Add source + buttonPaste the URL and click: Add source + From now on this source is safe and secure in your My Trickle account. When you are using Trickle for sources that stand out for you, you have the following benefits: Trickle provides you with a dedicated space for your own curation of relevant digital sources — a safe harbor for content that is actually relevant for youOnce sources are saved to Trickle, you can easily connect them to drips and streams to make use of them over timeTrickle is built for self-directed learning, so it helps you to remember and actually make use of the content you save (more on that functionality in upcoming posts) For more about the idea behind saving sources with Trickle you can watch my video about How to add sources to Trickle. PS: you should consider using the Trickle bookmarklet or even creating an iOS Shortcut on your iPhone to make adding sources even simpler.

Achim Rothe
30 Mar 2021

Trickle Featured on the eLearning Podcast with Stephen Ladek

Trickle founders, Achim and Phil, were interviewed by Stephen Ladeck on the eLearning Podcast. Launched in August 2020, the eLearning Podcast is an invaluable resource for eLearning professionals. Host Stephen Ladek interviews educators, entrepreneurs and eLearning professionals. Achim and Phil shared their thoughts about the vision and future of Trickle.app. Trickle is designed to help you share the content that interests you, get feedback on your creations, and even connect you with like-minded learners and creators, making the process of high-quality course creation all that much smoother. — Stephen Ladek, LMS Pulse Here's a link to the Stephen Ladek's LMS Pulse website, which highlights the eLearning podcast episode with Achim and Phil. Get the episode on your podcast player by clicking here. Or watch on YouTube — click the caption: Click here to watch on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/embed/YFoAkrSVUAk

Phil von Heydebreck
15 Jan 2021

More Ways to Learn with Trickle

Drips are just the beginning When you first begin learning with Trickle, the natural place to start is reading drips in streams that interest you. It’s tempting to focus on learning via drips because Trickle authors usually do such a great job of distilling the most important information into easily-digestible packages. But if you’re only reading drips, you’re not getting the most out of Trickle, and you’re also short-changing yourself when it comes to learning. We’d go so far as to discourage you from learning in this way. Sure, reading drips a great way to discover all kinds of new and exciting things. Unfortunately, you’ll probably forget most of what you learned. The problem is that reading drips is a bit too easy. Yes, you read that correctly. Because the author has boiled the topic down to its essential elements, reading drips can lead to a sense of easy understanding. Learning scientists refer to this as a feeling of fluency — it’s when you’re thinking, “yeah, I get this,” when in truth, you probably won’t remember much of it in a few hours.  Forgetting is the enemy of effective learning I don’t blame you if you’re feeling alarmed. Maybe you’re thinking: “What’s the point of all this learning if I’m going to forget it later?” Forgetting plays a vital role in how the human brain functions. We are exposed to an abundance of information and stimuli. We need to filter out what is important from the noise. Otherwise, we’d quickly become overwhelmed by unimportant details. The brain uses several rules for deciding what to keep in long-term storage, like the emotional salience of the experience, the effort to acquire the information, and how frequently it’s been repeated. The good news is that once we know these rules, we can use them to improve learning outcomes. We can do this by increasing repetition and introducing desirable difficulties (e.g. testing, spacing, variation), making the learning process more challenging, but the content more likely to be remembered.  The trick to enhancing learning and getting the most from Trickle is to use sources and actively create rather than passively absorb.  Use the sources!  You’ve almost certainly noticed that each drip has several sources attached. They are not there for decoration. The author has curated a list of great learning content for you to explore and deepen your knowledge. You’ll often find a TED talk, podcast, or article by one of the leading experts in the field. Engaging with sources is a great way to improve your retention of new knowledge. They usually present the concepts summarized in the drip from a different angle and often in more detail. By engaging with sources, you’re increasing repetition and increasing variation. You’ll end up diving deeper into the topic, thus increasing the effort you’ve put into learning. All this is likely to increase your ability to retain the new knowledge.  Don’t forget that you can save a source for later if you don’t have time to view it right away. Click the Save + button and you’ll find it at the top of your sources list on your My Trickle page. Actively create instead of passively absorbing The best strategies for effective learning are active strategies that involve actively thinking,  recalling information, organizing, and elaborating ideas. So it’s unfortunate that so many people rely so heavily on passive strategies like reading, highlighting, underlining, and memorizing. Trickle provides many ways to learn actively. You can begin by collecting great sources while doing independent research on the web. Organize the sources into key ideas and themes by putting them into streams. Formulate the key insights into your own words by summarizing them into drips. Share the streams with your friends and determine the best ways to communicate those ideas. Teaching is one the most powerful ways to reinforce learning, so consider publishing your stream to the community. The goal here is to go beyond passive learning strategies and achieve deeper learning through analysis, application, and creation. There’s more to come from Trickle We’re always improving the ways that Trickle supports lifelong learners in their quest to acquire and retain knowledge and skills. Major feature improvements we are working on include testing and spaced repetition. There is ample evidence that these learning strategies are among the most effective, so we want to make them available to our users very soon.

Phil von Heydebreck
20 Aug 2020