Licorize – The Easiest Way To Organize Your Gigantic Bookmark Collection

intro7   Licorize   The Easiest Way To Organize Your Gigantic Bookmark CollectionMakeUseOf 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.

Setting Up

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.

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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 DM’s or public tweets to Licorize), the Apture extension, LinkedIn and even Dropbox.

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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.

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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.

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Like most GTD-friendly software, Licorize offers a weekly review page, where you can see a summary of your bookmarking activity for the week.

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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.

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If the work week view isn’t enough, you can also sort bookmarks or strips by clicking on the calendar on the right sidebar.

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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!

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Mark Anayee

too complicated

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Anonymous

I’ve had a growing collection of bookmarks all divided into different folders and subfolders and I’ve been trying to clean them up once in a while. Wonder if it will actually help visualize and weed out bookmarks or if this is just another extra useless step in bookmarking that could be achieved using folders and tags.

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Pietro Polsinelli

The lack of “intelligence” of raw collections like those you get with just folders and tags is what gave us the idea of starting Licorize in the first place. In particular when you are working as a pair of uers (or more) on the same collection, collecting and transforming, you need more support than just classification.

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Bob

I’ve used Licorize to organize my about 6000 bookmark after delicious import, and I’ve reduced hugely the number of tags. My bookmarks are useful again… (e.g. With booklets). Thanks for your detailed article.
Mike

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Bob

I’ve used Licorize to organize my about 6000 bookmark after delicious import, and I’ve reduced hugely the number of tags. My bookmarks are useful again… (e.g. With booklets). Thanks for your detailed article.
Mike

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Pp

Anyone know desktop offline software that is good but also not full things that are not needed at all to manage bookmarks? for Windows? (Portable). I don’t like to have my links in “cloud” i want them all on my HDD/USB.

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Jessica Cam W.

Well, your browser has a bookmark manager that should be helpful even if you’re not connected to the Internet.

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LifeH2O

Easiest?? This is the toughest bookmark manager

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Jessica Cam W.

It might not be easy to understand how to use it at first, but it makes a lot of things easier later when you’re adding more stuff to your bookmark collection.

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LifeH2O

And i am still unable to understand how to manage licorize. I wanted to remove the useless tags in bulk and edit/correct them. It was of no use

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Jessica Cam W.

You could probably check the ‘Hide unused’ box in the Tags section. I think using the Types in Licorize would be easier as you can give your bookmarks a time frame: “to do” for now, “goal” for long-term, “remind me later” for soon, etc.

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Seenu

I have to give a try on it.

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cronikeys

bookmarked.

:)

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Anonymous

bookmarked.

:)

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Will Radie

Will this function if I am using Xmarks? I didnt see that in the article. Surprised considering how favorably XMarks is looked at here at MUO.

I want to try it, but am worried about compatibility issues.

Totally digging the Read It later hook up though. I love that thing.

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Will Radie

Will this function if I am using Xmarks? I didnt see that in the article. Surprised considering how favorably XMarks is looked at here at MUO.

I want to try it, but am worried about compatibility issues.

Totally digging the Read It later hook up though. I love that thing.

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Jessica Cam W.

Well, if you have Xmarks, that means you still have bookmarks on your browser bar/toolbar so you can try first exporting your bookmarks to an HTML file using your browser’s bookmark manager, and then importing that file in Licorize. If you see any incompatibility, you can either edit those, or just keep using Xmarks.

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CrazyFilter

Well the point is…

Xmarks syncs AUTOMATICALLY your bookmarks across multiple devices..

For instance:
THE SETUP:
I have a MacBookPro and an Mac Pro at home and a PC at work.
On tne MacBookPro I also run Mac OS X and Windows 7 via Parallels.

In each browser is an installed xmarks plugin.

WORKFLOW:
I boomark something in Win7 on the MBP. Xmarks syncs automtically. The bookmark and the whole bookmark collection is avaible in exact the same state on each other device.

In fact, it’s avaible in this state on every device with internet acces even when there is no xmarks plugin installed as i can view and edit my collection online.

NOW TO LICORIZE:
So, by unsing licorize, I would have to export my local bookmarks and import them in licorize after every browsing session (or after every change in my collection, if want to be extremely synced) if I like to be synced the whole time!?

What an tiring process…

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Jessica Cam W.

The thing is, Licorize is a web-based bookmarking system, so you add more bookmarks to the web interface using the bookmarklet, which is why I suggested to Will that he export the HTML file once to Licorize to try it out. I assumed that if he liked Licorize, he wouldn’t go back to adding bookmarks to the browser/Xmarks. Otherwise, he would have his bookmarks spread out over two different systems.

If you use Licorize, you can access your bookmarks in any browser, whether it’s your work computer or your home machine, since you only have to log in to your Licorize account on your browser.

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CrazyFilter

Well the point is…

Xmarks syncs AUTOMATICALLY your bookmarks across multiple devices..

For instance:
THE SETUP:
I have a MacBookPro and an Mac Pro at home and a PC at work.
On tne MacBookPro I also run Mac OS X and Windows 7 via Parallels.

In each browser is an installed xmarks plugin.

WORKFLOW:
I boomark something in Win7 on the MBP. Xmarks syncs automtically. The bookmark and the whole bookmark collection is avaible in exact the same state on each other device.

In fact, it’s avaible in this state on every device with internet acces even when there is no xmarks plugin installed as i can view and edit my collection online.

NOW TO LICORIZE:
So, by unsing licorize, I would have to export my local bookmarks and import them in licorize after every browsing session (or after every change in my collection, if want to be extremely synced) if I like to be synced the whole time!?

What an tiring process…

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Jessica Cam W.

The thing is, Licorize is a web-based bookmarking system, so you add more bookmarks to the web interface using the bookmarklet, which is why I suggested to Will that he export the HTML file once to Licorize to try it out. I assumed that if he liked Licorize, he wouldn’t go back to adding bookmarks to the browser/Xmarks. Otherwise, he would have his bookmarks spread out over two different systems.

If you use Licorize, you can access your bookmarks in any browser, whether it’s your work computer or your home machine, since you only have to log in to your Licorize account on your browser.