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amit
amit

As I look at the hundreds of links bookmarked over the years of browsing, I am stunned how can this be useful to anyone. It’s a mess - broken links, links relevant only for that time, useless user guides, pointless references. There’s hardly anything useful in here.

amit
amit

@matigo I am inclined to do the same now. The thought that an article might come handy in future needs to shot down quickly. I should trust the search engines and my ability to use them more.

mdhughes
mdhughes

@matigo @amit Vannevar Bush would be so disappointed in both of you.

My bookmarks are a mess, but as I find stuff I want to follow up on, or fill up a window with tabs, I put it in rough categories or folders of a single "story". Then when I'm looking for something to read, I dig thru them.

amit
amit

@mdhughes filing stories to be caught up with later is taken care by read-later services for me (initially, Instapaper, now Pocket).

I do not think the current bookmark interfaces and the features really work well for me with any of its intended purpose.

mdhughes
mdhughes

@matigo That's more a problem of Mozilla's ongoing disaster. My Safari bookmarks have been good for 13 years? And before that I ported them over from Mozilla. Used to use a bookmark cleaner, Bookdog? But now my old folders are full of junk.

jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@amit If only search engines would give recency some standing in their algorithms. Far too often something seems to be about what I am looking for but dates back 10 years or more and is no longer even relevant.

grib
grib
@amit I've started saving read later articles as private blog posts with the hope of doing something clever and useful with them in the future
njr
njr

@amit Interesting. I find my links from Pinboard to be enormously valuable, despite a depressing number of broken links.

Pinboard will archive the page content for $25/year, in case that's useful.

kulturnation
kulturnation

@amit I just have some bookmarks for daily use for websites I do not want to be opened all the time; all the rest goes to Pinboard that archives the pages for me. So even if a link is broken or a website does not exist anymore I still can find the content @matigo

amit
amit

@jeremycherfas True. It’s a tricky balance to hit though. Content segregation based on topic would be key. For some content, recency would just not matter.

But typically I do find what I am interested in, of course at times it may been tweaking and retweaking the search terms.

amit
amit

@grib Interesting. A nice experiment for a section of my read-later entries, ones that I want to comment on later. How and where are you pushing them? As drafts?

grib
grib
@amit My blog is using Known so I'm just creating a bookmark type post and setting it private. I've also got a microsub server Aperture set as syndication endpoint and send it there to a Read Later channel
amit
amit

@njr I find it really interesting how Pinboard is slowly becoming a bookmarking service of choice for many. My problem with external services is it needs to be an explicit search for a link of interest. Typically that’s not what I want. I just can’t find these “saved” links useful.

amit
amit

@kulturnation Another Pinboard recommendation. I seriously need to explore the service again.

hjertnes
hjertnes

@amit I use Pinboard as my read or later service. And I dont use my archive of saved links often, but a few times a year there is some link I can't find by googling that's in there.

amit
amit

@grib Good. I have neither worked out the bookmark posts nor the private posts for my site yet. And I really like the idea of bookmark posts being private. Really don’t think such posts flooding the publicly visible site is a good experience.

grib
grib
@amit With Known I've got a custom feed that I use for micro.blog that filters out some of the noise and reformats posts, based on a great plugin by @cleverdevil
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jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@amit The searches that always have me howling with rage are for WordPress problems. Old stuff always seems to rank higher than it should in a better world.

grib
grib
@amit My blog is using Known so I'm just creating a bookmark type post and setting it private. I've also got a microsub server Aperture set as syndication endpoint and send it there to a Read Later channel
njr
njr

@amit Sure. If I’m understanding you correctly, it's certainly true that the key to using Pinboard or any of the other del.icio.us derivatives is to use tags carefully. With good tagging, I can find things in those bookmarks really quickly. But it's not for everyone.

njr
njr

@amit Pinboard is a very worthy successor to del.icio.us (which it has now acquired) and has the same API and almost all the features except being able to send links. Private by default is an option too, so it could suit.

njr
njr

@amit Personally, I like tags so much I was involved in a start-up (Fluidinfo) building a whole database out of them, and seem to be attempting to rebuild it as a distributed online DB myself now. Overview: njr.radcliffe0.com/microdb-b...

rey
rey

@amit eveything needs to be piped thru archive.org a'la wordpress.org/plugins/p... or gist.github.com/atomotic/...

kulturnation
kulturnation

@amit Lately I collected some (older) articles about use of PinoBoard for my wife who is interested in this service:

How I Use Pinboard by Federico Viticci from Mar 19, 2014

Pinboard.in - A great bookmarking/archiving tool by Bonni Stachowiak December 22, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Pinboard by Shawn Blanc, 27 September 2013

How I Use Pinboard by Neal Sheeran, Jan 7th, 2013

Yet More Pinboard Tips, Again by Gabe Weatherhead, December 18, 2012

amit
amit

@njr Sigh. May be it’s just me, but that’s too much work for what I would benefit out of it. I hardly find myself running to my bookmarks.

amit
amit

@njr of course, not to suggest in any way that what you do is not impressive. It indeed is. But may be i Just can’t convince myself to be structured enough 😐

amit
amit

@rey Interesting. Thanks for those links. For sure solves the problem for broken links — but doesn’t, at least for me, solve that of broken interface.

rey
rey

@amit so, so many of my old Pinboard and weblog links are dead. The only way (I can see) is to bang them thru archive.org

amit
amit

@kulturnation This is great set of references Micheal. Thank you! All the recent conversations has for sure pushed me to try Pinboard. I intend to find if this’ useful in any way for me.

amit
amit

@rey I think Pinboard also does that for you, of course as a paid service.

rey
rey

@amit I’ve been using Pinboard since beta and highly recommend. I also pay for the archiving service, but again, I don’t feel it’s a truly robust solution

amit
amit

@rey I guess that’s another Pinboard recommendation. I have got too many of those today 🙂

njr
njr

@amit Not sure about impressive, but it works for me. We’re all different. I like tags because oaften things don’t fit easily at a single place in a hierarchy.

pratik
pratik

@amit Add me to that list too. I’ve been using it for 5+ years. Think I was one of its earliest users

rey
rey

@karlfreeman fantastic!

rey
rey

@karlfreeman YOU GOT THIS