MakeUseOf strives to bring you a collection of useful websites and general software tips everyday so you might have bookmarked some of the recommended sites, but do you ever actually use them?
I know in my case, I bookmark websites because they will be of use someday, but forget about them soon after (unless they are bookmarklets), making my bookmark collection ever growing and a bit neglected. I have found that a collection of bookmarks is much like your inbox. It will just feel like a lot of messages to clear up if you don’t know how to deal with them.
Licorize is a bookmarking service that can change this in regards to anyone’s bookmark collection. It helps you put an action to any interesting thing you find on the web so you can use them soon or assign it for later, which is strongly related to the Getting Things Done methodology. Licorize also lets you assign types to your favorite links so you won’t have to keep track of the growing number of bookmarks on the toolbar.
To use Licorize, you first need to either start creating some bookmarks (better known as “strips” in Licorize) with the bookmarklet or browser plugins, or import your existing bookmarks. You can import bookmarks from any website or browser that lets you export bookmarks in an HTML file. That includes services like Delicious and Instapaper, as well as browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
An additional service that you can connect to and sync with by providing your username is Read It Later. You can also import from other services, such as Evernote (only public notebook contents can be imported), Twitter (you can create bookmarks via to Licorize), the Apture extension, LinkedIn and even Dropbox.
Classifying & Organizing Your Bookmarks
Now that you’ve got some bookmarks in Licorize, you can use the website to sort them out by assigning types (such as to-do’s, ideas, goals, etc.) and tags, or grouping them in projects.
If you’re familiar with GTD, Licorize helps you delegate bookmarks and assigning them to someone else so they’ll have it in their to-do’s.
Like most GTD-friendly software, Licorize offers a weekly review page, where you can see a summary of your bookmarking activity for the week.
In addition, you can get a “work week” view of your recently bookmarked items in the week, which can help you visualize the weekly review in full.
If the work week view isn’t enough, you can also sort bookmarks or strips by clicking on the calendar on the right sidebar.
As a blogger that needs to constantly think of ideas and find noteworthy web apps, I think this type of application can definitely help me classify bookmarks as potential article ideas, images, etc. It can also save me from manually using appropriately-named folders in my browser, stashing useful websites in them and forgetting about them or why I bookmarked them in the first place. Even if you’re not constantly looking for useful web apps but still own a large collection of bookmarks, Licorize can help reduce the clutter so you can get something similar to Inbox Zero for bookmarks.
How do you organize your bookmarks collection? Feel free to share your favorite programs or websites in the comments!