This one goes out to all you webmasters out there! (Yes, you are a webmaster even if all you have is a one-page site that lists your favorite food, your pet’s name, and the greatest place you ever went on vacation!)
Have you ever bookmarked a site and then tried to find it again later in the sea of bookmarks that spills down from your Favorites menu?
If you’ve ever bookmarked Yahoo or Google or ESPN and you’re using Internet Explorer 5 or above, you got a special, custom icon in your favorites menu! Nifty, huh?
THE COOL PART
The cool part of this all is that you don’t have to be Yahoo! or Google to set one of these custom icons up! They’re called “favicons” – it stands for FAVorites ICONS, get it? And they’re really simple to install. If you’ve got a web site, you can install a favicon and be the envy of your peers. (If your peers are kind of geeky, anyway.)
HOW TO DO IT
Yup. Simple, hey?
Certain browsers may occasionally stop showing the icon for a while, and then one day it will just randomly reappear – just one of the quirks of the Internet. If you want to show a friend and the icon happens to be ‘missing’ at that moment, you can make them reappear by re-bookmarking the site.