Fiddler on the web Send quick links, files, and to-dos from your browser address bar with Futz

Posted by maggie.hunsucker June 10, 2009

picture-4We spend the majority of our day in front of a computer screen (ah, the glamorous blogger lifestyle) and have adopted a small arsenal of sites and services to help us manage all of our tasks.   Still, there’s always that one to-do item that slips through the cracks, an image we didn’t save, or a URL we forget to bookmark.   Perhaps, all our services are just overcomplicating the matter.

If all you need is a mental drop box, check out Futz.me.  Futz is a quick and ridiculously easy way to send yourself notes, links, images, and files – all from your browser address bar.  Futz is like a personalized tag that, when attached to a web address, prompts the service to send that content to your email or cell phone, depending on how you configure your account.

For example, if I run across an article I like, I add futz.me/feedgrowth to the URL, and it’s in my inbox 5 seconds later.

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Likewise, for an image file:

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Want to create a reminder to pick up groceries (granted, not relevant to the web)?  You can still use Futz and your browser address bar to send yourself a note:

futz.me/feedgrowth grab some more bait.

You can even send an image file from your computer by futzing the file path:

futz.me/feedgrowth file: maggiehunsucker/documents/imagetitle.jpg

Of course, it’s a little more complex to send a local file, so Futz requires an extra step here, and you will need to drag and drop the file into your browser.

Futz is a free service and can be used by anyone (gentiles included).   We see it as a great tool for bloggers who incessantly surf the web and run across bits and pieces of information.  Since toggling between your web browser, Delicious account, Google Reader, and personal hard drive is not always convenient, Futz is a great tool for quick grabs.

If you enable text message delivery for images, your phone carrier must support images for the service to work correctly. Futz uses your carrier's text (SMS) and picture (MMS) email addresses for delivery.

Futz is still a send-only service (i.e. your Futz content isn't accessible by webpage), so if you're looking for a way to save URL's for later reading, check out Read It Later. This oldie but a goodie is now available for any browser (previously a FireFox plugin) and your iPhone.

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