In a previous post I covered some nice extensions that sync your bookmarks across multiple computers. Now that I’m using Opera these days, those extensions aren’t of much use to me. This post is going to cover some decent online bookmarking solutions that I’ve been trying.
del.icio.us: Among the ones I tried, this is probably what I’m least comfortable with (also its the most popular). On the good side, the interface is fast, neat and simple. Searching through tags is a breeze.
Now for the reasons why I chose not to use it any more: I just couldn’t stand the tags.
Gmail does tags perfectly: you predefine them, and then assign them to incoming mails. In del.icio.us, you can put any number of tags, irrespective of which ones you’ve used before. So is CuteOverload tagged under fun, funny, humor, cute, or humour? Arrgh! Maybe its just me, but I can’t stand an unorganised collection of anything.
Blinklist: This one’s like a prettier version of del.icio.us. Its got lots of nice features added on, such as a chat box in every user’s page. It looks like a friendly place, and the look-and-feel is very pleasant as well. One advantage it has that del.icio.us doesn’t, is that it auto-completes only within your existing tags when you’re blinking a site. As a result, I’m far more comfortable with the way my blinklist collection is tagged and organised.
Furl: This one is the BEST of the lot. I can’t imagine why it hasn’t got incredibly popular yet. As far as I’m concerned, Furl has this one feature that makes it invaluable: it archives a personal copy of every page you bookmark. With a feature like that, who needs tags! Since it also searches within the saved text, a simple search for, say, ’emacs’ shows every single page with that word in it. Who cares whether or not you remember to tag it ’emacs’, or whether or not that word exists in the title?
So there it is, I vote for Furl as the coolest online bookmarking tool around. Note that my main concern was just in saving and organising my bookmarks online. The social aspects aren’t that high a priority for me, so your opinions may differ.