13 votes

How do you store your bookmarks?

I'm curious what Tildes uses to organize and store their web bookmarks. Do you rely on your browser, or do you trust some proprietary service like Pocket? Maybe you have a self-hosted solution?

34 comments

  1. [11]
    Grzmot
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    Most of my bookmarks are simply saved in Firefox, (mildly) organized using folders. I also use Pocket, but really only for articles on the web I find interesting so I can tag them again.

    Most of my bookmarks are simply saved in Firefox, (mildly) organized using folders. I also use Pocket, but really only for articles on the web I find interesting so I can tag them again.

    18 votes
    1. KapteinB
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      Same here, and I use Sync to sync my bookmarks between computers. Those I want to sync between anyway. My bookmarks use is wildly different between work, home, and phone.

      Same here, and I use Sync to sync my bookmarks between computers. Those I want to sync between anyway. My bookmarks use is wildly different between work, home, and phone.

      6 votes
    2. [9]
      hungariantoast
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      This has been my approach for close to a decade now and keeping things organized is very easy with minimal effort. Everything I regularly visit sits nicely in my toolbar and everything else gets...

      Most of my bookmarks are simply saved in Firefox, (mildly) organized using folders.

      This has been my approach for close to a decade now and keeping things organized is very easy with minimal effort. Everything I regularly visit sits nicely in my toolbar and everything else gets shuffled into categorized folders, and all of those folders are stored in a main folder labeled "Internet" which sits as the first item in my toolbar. When too many things have been bookmarked throughout the week, whether from work or play, I'll usually take time on the weekend to shuffle things over to folders.

      Currently sitting at 3,500 bookmarks without any organization issues. If I need to find that forum post where a guy routed his exhaust pipe differently in his LS swapped Miata, I know exactly where it is. How much differential fluid does my 928 need and why is the old stuff light blue? Bookmarked.

      How about the advantages of an entity-component system for building procedurally generated monsters in roguelike games? Good thing I have an Internet > Games > Roguelikes > Roguelikedev > NPCs folder.

      Don't even get me started on the piles of miscellaneous items I have bookmarked for Dungeons and Dragons.

      My only complaint would be that I need a way to regularly download copies of every page I bookmark so I don't end up losing precious info if say, Photobucket decides to nuke billions of images across the web. Oh well, it hasn't really screwed me yet but having a backup PDF or image of my bookmarked pages would be great.

      2 votes
      1. [6]
        Pilgrim
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        So you may already know this...but it blew my mind when I learned about so I thought I'd share. Paging @balooga as well... You can put bookmark folders IN your browser bar for a convenient...

        So you may already know this...but it blew my mind when I learned about so I thought I'd share. Paging @balooga as well...

        You can put bookmark folders IN your browser bar for a convenient drop-down of bookmarks. This has really helped me to organize my stuff w/o having to toggle the bookmark bar on/off.

        I also like to remove the names of the bookmarks in my browser bar to just leave an icon (when the favicon is distinct).

        I hope this is helpful to someone :)

        2 votes
        1. balooga
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          Thanks Pilgrim! That's how I do it actually, I love having everything available right there.

          Thanks Pilgrim! That's how I do it actually, I love having everything available right there.

          2 votes
        2. [4]
          hungariantoast
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          Thanks for the tip. Sometimes, when I need to regularly access bookmarks in a specific folder, I will put that folder on the bookmarks toolbar, otherwise, all of my folders get shuffled into a...

          Thanks for the tip. Sometimes, when I need to regularly access bookmarks in a specific folder, I will put that folder on the bookmarks toolbar, otherwise, all of my folders get shuffled into a main folder labeled "Internet"

          I also tend to stockpile random bookmarks on the toolbar throughout the week until I can find the time to sort them into their appropriate folders or delete them.

          For instance, this is what my bookmarks toolbar currently looks like.

          Now, a tip that you may not know, and this applies for Chrome and Firefox, is that you can bookmark the "bookmark manager" page for your browser, and keep it in your bookmark toolbar.

          What I mean is, this URL:

          chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

          Brings up the "Library" page for managing your bookmarks in Firefox, which you can normally only access in the sidebar, a drop down menu in the toolbar, or by opening another window. Bookmarking the link to the bookmarks manager allows me to access and sort my bookmarks in the same browser window and at a much larger resolution than something like the sidebar allows.

          2 votes
          1. [3]
            Pilgrim
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            That's really awesome! Thank you for showing me that. Any idea what the URL is for FireFox? I'm having trouble finding that info on DuckDuckGo.

            That's really awesome! Thank you for showing me that. Any idea what the URL is for FireFox? I'm having trouble finding that info on DuckDuckGo.

            2 votes
            1. [2]
              whisper
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              It took a bit of searching, but I've found some URLs for ya! You can use one of the following to access the full bookmarks/history manager, the bookmarks sidebar, and history, respectively:...

              It took a bit of searching, but I've found some URLs for ya! You can use one of the following to access the full bookmarks/history manager, the bookmarks sidebar, and history, respectively:

              • chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul
              • chrome://browser/content/places/bookmarksSidebar.xul
              • chrome://browser/content/places/historySidebar.xul

              Source

              1 vote
              1. Pilgrim
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                OMG thank you so much. That's slick!

                OMG thank you so much. That's slick!

                2 votes
      2. balooga
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        This is my approach too. Tons of granular nested folders in my browser, which I periodically backup to flat file and upload to Google Drive. I'm not really interested in social/cloud stuff or...

        This is my approach too. Tons of granular nested folders in my browser, which I periodically backup to flat file and upload to Google Drive. I'm not really interested in social/cloud stuff or syncing with other devices.

        1 vote
      3. Grzmot
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        Yeah, images are often a problem with bookmarks because image hosts are less than reliable when it comes to long-term storage. Only thing that helps then is just downloading whatever you want...

        Yeah, images are often a problem with bookmarks because image hosts are less than reliable when it comes to long-term storage. Only thing that helps then is just downloading whatever you want really safe on some backup disc. HDDs are pretty cheap nowadays and you won't need an SSD if all that is in there is files.

        1 vote
  2. [3]
    Algernon_Asimov
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    I store my browser bookmarks in my browser. I create folders (and even sub-folders) to organise them. To be honest, I didn't even know there was any other way to store browser bookmarks but in...

    I store my browser bookmarks in my browser. I create folders (and even sub-folders) to organise them.

    To be honest, I didn't even know there was any other way to store browser bookmarks but in one's browser.

    10 votes
    1. [2]
      aphoenix
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      Same, except I knew about external services, but find browsers to generally be better. At the very least, they are more convenient.

      Same, except I knew about external services, but find browsers to generally be better. At the very least, they are more convenient.

      4 votes
      1. Algernon_Asimov
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        Well... for one thing... you're always using your browser at the time you want to see a bookmarked page, so your bookmark should be handy to what you're using to read it.

        At the very least, they are more convenient.

        Well... for one thing... you're always using your browser at the time you want to see a bookmarked page, so your bookmark should be handy to what you're using to read it.

        2 votes
  3. [6]
    calcifer
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    Haven't used bookmarks in years, but I used to use Pinboard. It's a tiny, cheap service with some great values:

    Haven't used bookmarks in years, but I used to use Pinboard. It's a tiny, cheap service with some great values:

    Pinboard is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site for people who value privacy and speed.
    There are no ads and no third-party tracking. You pay a few bucks a year, and that's it.
    Pinboard lets you bookmark from any browser, connect up to three Twitter accounts (and favorites), and sync with popular services like Instapaper or Pocket.
    For a few more bucks a year, Pinboard offers an archiving service which saves a copy of everything you bookmark, gives you full-text search, and automatically checks your account for dead links.

    10 votes
    1. [2]
      NeoTheFox
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      This sounds lovely

      This sounds lovely

      3 votes
      1. calcifer
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        It really is. The guy behind Pinboard, Maciej Cegłowski, has some great talks as well.

        It really is. The guy behind Pinboard, Maciej Cegłowski, has some great talks as well.

        5 votes
    2. [2]
      KapteinB
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      I haven't heard of Instapaper before. Seems to be basically the same as Pocket?

      I haven't heard of Instapaper before. Seems to be basically the same as Pocket?

      1 vote
      1. s4b3r6
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        Similar, they launched about 4 months apart.

        Similar, they launched about 4 months apart.

    3. panic
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      Another happy Pinboard user here! I miss del.icio.us, though—Pinboard’s social features aren’t quite the same.

      Another happy Pinboard user here! I miss del.icio.us, though—Pinboard’s social features aren’t quite the same.

  4. kaushalmodi
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    I use a paid service https://pinboard.in/. I cannot recommend it enough! By using it, I am not tied to a particular browser. My default browser is Firefox, and there's a good Pinboard Webextension...

    I use a paid service https://pinboard.in/.

    I cannot recommend it enough!

    By using it, I am not tied to a particular browser. My default browser is Firefox, and there's a good Pinboard Webextension add-on available for Firefox.

    It has a great search, ability to add custom searchable notes to bookmarks, and API too (so there are few Emacs packages for Pinboard too :)).


    Update: Oops, @calcifer already posted about this. Turns out, I had started writing this about an hour back, something came up, and then I just submitted this comment.

    7 votes
  5. [2]
    whisper
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    There's Bookmark Archiver, which is self-hosted, open source, and describes itself as "Your own personal Way-Back Machine". As the name states it both bookmarks — saves references to pages for...

    There's Bookmark Archiver, which is self-hosted, open source, and describes itself as "Your own personal Way-Back Machine". As the name states it both bookmarks — saves references to pages for later reuse — and archives — saves the full content of those pages.

    I highly recommend it. I use it in conjunction with Pinboard.

    5 votes
    1. no_exit
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      I found a similar project , Reminiscence, recently. BA looks solid though, thanks.

      I found a similar project , Reminiscence, recently. BA looks solid though, thanks.

      1 vote
  6. what
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    I use Pocket, tagging is much quicker & more useful for me than throwing stuff in folders. The syncing also useful. I just wish Mozilla would open-source it like they said.

    I use Pocket, tagging is much quicker & more useful for me than throwing stuff in folders. The syncing also useful. I just wish Mozilla would open-source it like they said.

    4 votes
  7. [3]
    cain
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    I've always just used the bookmark toolbar on whichever browser I'm on, I set them to have no text, just the favicon and usually keep it less than 10 total. I don't even remember what the last...

    I've always just used the bookmark toolbar on whichever browser I'm on, I set them to have no text, just the favicon and usually keep it less than 10 total. I don't even remember what the last thing I bookmarked to be able to come back to was... just my most used sites.

    I like to think I have as good enough memory to get back anywhere I need to. I probably could use them more but I just have never done it to form the habit.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      yellow
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      I do the same, but it is annoying whenever a site doesn't have a favicon and I end up having to leave some label. I'm in college so I do that mainly with websites for classes and just label them...

      I do the same, but it is annoying whenever a site doesn't have a favicon and I end up having to leave some label. I'm in college so I do that mainly with websites for classes and just label them their DepartmentClassnumber. I don't really bookmark much besides school sites and can usually just remember the url and site-name and work with that.

      2 votes
      1. cain
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        With text in the toolbar it just looks too cluttered for me, and yeah sometimes favicon issues make that bookmark get booted lol, I removed twitter from the toolbar a few days ago because it kept...

        With text in the toolbar it just looks too cluttered for me, and yeah sometimes favicon issues make that bookmark get booted lol, I removed twitter from the toolbar a few days ago because it kept showing as the reddit favicon for some reason. Now I'm down to twitch, tildes, reddit, duckduckgo, youtube, protonmail

        1 vote
  8. [2]
    dredmorbius
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    Poorly. I'm using Pocket, but it gets worse the more you use it. Simply bookmarking is insufficient. I frequently want permanently archived content, searchable by metadata, full text, tags,...

    Poorly. I'm using Pocket, but it gets worse the more you use it.

    Simply bookmarking is insufficient. I frequently want permanently archived content, searchable by metadata, full text, tags, workflow, and date(s). Simplified/streamlined formatting as well.

    I've found no sufficient solution.

    3 votes
  9. Abrown
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    I use Reddit, actually. I have a series of text posts in a personal sub organized like I would folders in a file system. Each post has dozens of "sub-folders", comments with headers basically, and...

    I use Reddit, actually. I have a series of text posts in a personal sub organized like I would folders in a file system. Each post has dozens of "sub-folders", comments with headers basically, and each comment then has the link with a blurb or note inserted wherever it's needed. That way I can have access to my bookmarks wherever I go or share them with friends and introduce them to random content that I think stood out for one reason or another.

    2 votes
  10. floppy
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    I generally use my browser's bookmarks. I also wrote my own home page in HTML to serve as my own Web portal. I split my links into categories and put each category in its own div. Because of this...

    I generally use my browser's bookmarks. I also wrote my own home page in HTML to serve as my own Web portal. I split my links into categories and put each category in its own div. Because of this I've moved away from using bookmarks, since now I can just open up notepad++, with my home page always open in a tab, and put a link under the appropriate div. It makes things a lot easier compared to bookmarks. I have it on my own computer, not on someone else's mainframe. I can put images, other pages, and symbolic links to documents within the folder that my homepage's index.html file is stored, so if I wanted to I could add notes or all kinds of documents onto my home page if I wanted to, which I don't.

    2 votes
  11. Yung_Rotwelsch
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    I started with Pinboard but it was to brutalist for me - right now I´m saving them at are.na - it´s more a sort of social bookmarking but I´m satisfied with their service and the stuff i find...

    I started with Pinboard but it was to brutalist for me - right now I´m saving them at are.na - it´s more a sort of social bookmarking but I´m satisfied with their service and the stuff i find there from other users.

    1 vote
  12. Emerald_Knight
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    I just use Firefox's bookmark bar. All bookmarks start out being stored on the main bar, then once I run out of room to hold them all at once, I either purge unneeded ones or I create a new folder...

    I just use Firefox's bookmark bar. All bookmarks start out being stored on the main bar, then once I run out of room to hold them all at once, I either purge unneeded ones or I create a new folder to group some into.

    I'm lazy. Don't judge me.

    1 vote
  13. mrbig
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    I'm very keen to store bookmarks, but I rarely use them. I just type the first letters for Chrome to complete. I do have an Org file full of links for learning resources, but I also rarely open it.

    I'm very keen to store bookmarks, but I rarely use them. I just type the first letters for Chrome to complete. I do have an Org file full of links for learning resources, but I also rarely open it.