Do you keep your bookmarks in your browser? I did too – about 2,000 of them, until I suddenly had 1,600. Only, it wasn’t so sudden. Gradually, entire directories became empty, but they were bookmarks I used infrequently, and it happened over a period of months. So, I didn’t notice for a long while.
What happened? I’ve been a long time user of Xmarks ever since it was FoxMarks, and I’ve relied on it to synchronize all the bookmarks that I have between all the browsers I use – Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome – across two Macs and a PC. But, the complexity of all the machines and the browsers I use seems to have pushed it over the edge.
I’ve always kept a lot of bookmarks in my browser. Maybe it’s out of habit, maybe it’s just because it’s just so convenient to have them there right at my fingertips. They might have stayed there forever until this crisis pushed me to do something different. I decided that browser-based bookmarks are too fragile and temperamental, and if you want to preserve your investment in your bookmarks, you better get them in the cloud ASAP!
Aren’t your bookmarks the most personal, relevant, and best links that you have flagged in your travels around the Internet? Yet you’re just sticking them in your browser?
I decided that in spite of the pain in the ass it was going to be moving them, it would be much better for me to move all my bookmarks to the cloud just like I have with my contacts, my to-dos, and all of the other important data that I use on a regular basis. I knew that it would also make it easier to access my bookmarks from all my mobile devices and my iPad. The only question was which one to use.
I was familiar with the territory, and I knew there are really three strong options: Delicious, Pinboard, and Diigo. Delicious is the old-time standard for social bookmarking, and I’ve been popping bookmarks on it for half a dozen years. What I had there was kind of a jumble of best practices and random bookmarks that I had decided to make public. When Delicious almost bit the dust a couple of years ago I became aware of Pinboard, Diggo, and some of the other alternatives.