If you're searching online for info on a particular topic, this Internet Explorer add-on may be just the tool to help you do it quickly and easily. The Trailfire Toolbar lets you mark particular points (or Web pages) on the Internet to lead you along a certain path of gaining information.
We were a bit skeptical at first (it initially sounds like a glorified Web ring) but we see how teachers and orientation mentors for corporations could use this tool to help their students gather info in a very specific manner. For example, a seventh grade history class teacher could create a trail of sites about the Middle Ages. Contextual comments and questions created by the teacher with the Trailfire tool could then lead students through the material, much like a class discussion. Arrows on the contextual pop-up allow the students to move backward or forward along the trail.
Trailfire Toolbar adds two small, nicely designed buttons to the IE toolbar. It worked impressively in our tests. We were able to create a trail with a few clicks, add some commentary, and continue building a new trail. The tool responded quickly in all cases. Trailfire Toolbar is free, it applies no limitations, and it's certainly worth trying out.