There are no shortage of ways to save and organize bookmarks, links, videos and more online. You can use robust and cross-platform options like Evernote or Google’s recently launched Keep, or something more simple like just keeping all of your bookmarks organized and offline in your browser. A new service throwing itself into the mix is FaveBucket which allows you to not only collect and organize your links in one place, it also gives you options on how to share favorite links with your friends online.
FaveBucket has a somewhat Pinterest-inspired layout, with a grid of boxes featuring all of your latest links. It’s a slick and easy-to-use service that is just getting started, and we imagine there might be quite a bit that we’re going to see out of FaveBucket yet.
To get started with FaveBucket, the first thing you’ll want to do after you sign up, using either Facebook, Google, Twitter or your email, is install the bookmarklet. This is the only way to get content from all over the web into your ‘Faveboard’ or your home page.
When you first create your account, you’ll also find an existing list of Buckets, links (how-tos to help you get started with your account) and tags. While you can delete the saved links, you can’t delete or rename the Buckets for now, although that feature is in the works, as it really is essential to personalizing your FaveBucket experience.
As you familiarize yourself with the site, you’ll find that there are various ways to save and consume content. Content is viewable in FaveBucket in several different ways. You can browse everything you’ve saved on the ‘FaveBoard’ which is basically your home tab, where all of your links are saved. From the menu on the right, you can also access your FaveBucket inbox, your private links, your favorite links, and more.
To save a link or create a Bucket, you have to have the bookmarklet installed as there is no way to create a new Bucket from the website. When you click on the Bookmarklet, a window will pop up from where you can choose a Bucket (or create a new one), enter tags, and enter a description or a note if you want. As you use FaveBucket, it will begin to suggest tags for you. You can save various kinds of content – articles, photos, and videos.
One item you save to a Bucket will probably have more than one tag. So for example, you could have a ‘Social Media’ bucket, and within that, you’d have stuff tagged Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other social media topics might be of interest to you. This is useful to keep in mind so that when you go back to your links to browse them, they’re well categorized and tagged, to make for an easy and organized reading experience. When browsing, you can also bypass the ‘Buckets’ system entirely and browse with the help of tags directly if you prefer. Your links are also completely searchable.
As you start to save more links in your FaveBucket account, there are various ways you can interact with that content within the account. When it comes to each individual link, hovering over it shows you that you can open, +heart, share, or view the details of the link. If you click the little blue arrow in the bottom right-hand corner, it will display even more options. Adding a heart to the item will add that link to a special tab of links that you might want to have easy and quick access to.
Clicking on the ‘Share’ link will allow you to send the link to friends via email. If they have FaveBucket accounts as well, it will show up in their FaveBucket inbox. Clicking on ‘Open’ will open the link itself in a new window. If you’d rather read the item within FaveBucket (in a stripped down version a la Pocket), click on ‘Details’, which will open up a screenshot of the link, and then click the big ‘R’ in the sidebar.
FaveBucket isn’t just about saving content for you to go back to though, it’s also all about sharing it with other people. From here you can also share the link in other ways besides email, namely on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Clicking the little blue arrow will open up the following options: deleting the tag, moving it to another bucket, making it a private link, or updating the screenshot.
While the how-to videos that were already saved in FaveBucket are viewable directly within the website, we weren’t able to replicate this with YouTube or Vimeo videos. The only way to watch a video was to open up the link in a new window.
FaveBucket is a great research tool. You can use it to save and organize links for a research project. It’s also something of a private alternative to Pinterest. You can create Buckets (instead of Boards), and choose what content to share with other people, rather than sharing all of that you save. Though, Pinterest also gives you an option to create secret Pinterest boards these days.
It’s also a great way to save all sorts of online content that you need to revisit from time to time. Save restaurants that you like to visit, and when you’re in the mood for a meal out, you have them all in one place where you can browse them quickly and make your selection. You can save links to products you want to buy, books you want to read, movies you want to watch and more. There’s really no limit to how you choose to use FaveBucket.
FaveBucket is lacking a few essential features. As we mentioned, you can’t delete or rename buckets, you can’t watch videos or view photos directly within the website (yet) and there also appears to be no way to share your Buckets publicly – you can only share individual links. That said, FaveBucket is in its infancy and we can still expect lots of developments (many of which are already in the works) and we’re sure that watching the service grow will be worth it.
What do you think of FaveBucket? Let us know in the comments.