This fall one of my preferred places to get the latest, Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... hosted a post about a new web 2.0 app which Ferlazzo claimed was his current favorite for creating lists of web pages to be used in Internet Scavenger Hunts. Three months later it appeared on his year end The Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education 2012. Urlist as described on the home page is:
This free service features the option to design three kinds of lists: draft list, reference list and chart list. The draft list is for quickly saving links you plan to organize later. They are saved in chronological order. Links can be divided into sections using the reference list. Your best list on any given topic is generated using chart list. Additional features on the home page are: you can take links from other lists to add to your own, there is a Urlist button which can be placed on your toolbar for grabbing web pages, you can flip through your links like a slide show, and you can invite others to add links to a list.
To begin a list I selected the blue New List! button. A new window pops up asking which of the three lists, draft, reference or chart, you would like to create. You can make up to 6 draft lists.
After each link is added when mousing over the field, three choices appear. Under options you can delete or share the link on Google+, Facebook or Twitter. Edit allows you to change the name of the link and add a note. You can relist or copy the link to another list at this point.
I added links to YouTube videos which worked very well. Links to Vimeo were also operable. Linking to songs created in UJAM played perfectly. While links to Google maps won't open in the play venue they will open in a new tab when clicked.
Each generated list is assigned it's own unique URL. Here is the link to my list, 2013 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners. In looking for ease of use, results which users can understand and view and time needed to complete a task, this application scores well on all accounts. There are always different points within the process when the same tasks can be done, which is a huge plus. I agree wholeheartedly with Larry Ferlazzo about Urlist. It's going into my virtual toolbox.
Update: As of December 31, 2104 this application will leave the Internet. I was informed of this via an email.