The Big Three web browsers all now have pinning ability. IE9 can pin to the taskbar, Mozilla Firefox 5 can pin as "app tabs" and Chrome can pin tabs as well.
I’m going to skip IE9 here because its pinning ability is limited to the Windows taskbar and not in-browser; even though it can pin, I want to concentrate on in-browser stuff only.
An example of pinned tabs looks like this:
Pinned tabs are smaller and only show the site icon. In the above example I have AOL Mail and Facebook pinned.
The way pinning a tab works is the same in Chrome or Fx 5. Right-click the tab and choose "Pin tab" in Chrome or "Pin as app tab" in Fx 5. To unpin, right-click and choose "Unpin tab" in either browser.
5 things worth using as pinned tabs
1. Your webmail
This is a site you visit often, so you might as well keep it open.
Being that Facebook does dynamically update itself when you get new communication in there, it’s worth keeping open.
3. Weather Underground radar for your city
Load up any Weather Underground location:
Hover over the radar image on the next page and choose NEXRAD:
On the next screen is the radar. This page does automatically update itself once every 6 minutes. You’ll see the little timer clicking at the bottom right of the radar:
If you leave this specific page open as a pinned tab, you can come back to it at any time and it will be currently updated within the last 6 minutes.
4. Web-based instant messenger
5. Web-based calendar
While it’s true that if you use webmail, you can click over to the calendar at any given moment, it’s actually more convenient to have the mail in one tab and the calendar in another.
Most major webmail providers that have calendars do have different site icons for each.
Y! Mail is the first pinned tab, Y! Calendar is the second. Both are different enough to easily tell them apart.
This isn’t necessarily a problem as long as you remember which is which, but it’s not as easy as using Y! or Google.
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