With so much content coming through the Internet, there can hardly ever be enough tools and ways to bookmark and save bits and pieces of online information. While there already exists a few excellent online solutions for bookmarking, including Delicious, SpringPad, and Diigo, two newer sites, and Pleeq offer a few unique approaches, although neither is fully featured enough for heavy users of bookmarking sites. But let’s see how they could be used to supplement your existing bookmarking sites.
Pleeq does one simple thing – it allows you to capture and save images you find on the Internet. It’s similar to photo sharing sites, like Flickr, but it’s only for images you want to save from websites you visit.
When you come across an image you want, you click the Pleeq bookmarklet – available for all major browsers – and from there Pleeq will automatically select (using a yellow frame) the image on the page. But here’s where it gets a little tricky. Pleeq selects only the main images on the site. It won’t allow you to select ad images or even thumbnail images–at least that’s my experience when I tried it.
Pleeq will also not allow you to freely put frames around any part of a webpage you want. Also if there are several main images on a page, it will select them all.
To add a selected image to your account, you simply click on it. From there you will be taken to your account where you can enter tags for the image.
Tags are the only way you can categorize and manage images on your account. All your images appear on your photo stream, with your tags listed under “Your Trends” in the left column of the page. As you might expect, you can explore, view, and “Pleeq” (add) images from other Pleeq users to your own image stream, as well as share photos on Twitter and Facebook.
There’s not much else to Pleeq. It might be most useful to graphic and interior designers, photographers, or anyone who just wants to quickly save found images to an online account.
Pistashio is a web and mobile application that is similar to SpringPad. When you open an account, you can use the Pistashio browser bookmarklet to “stash” bookmarks to your account. What Pistashio does a little differently though is provide you with four categories (Eat and Drink, Watch, Read, Listen, See & Do) to manage content.
So of course if you come across a video you want to watch later, you would stash it under “Watch.” Your selected content (URL) gets added to your account, with the option for you to “View This Item” on your Pistashio page.
The “Add Another” button that is part of the pop-up bookmarklet is not for adding another webpage. It’s for adding the current page to another Pistashio category.
Processing and adding web content to your account is simple enough, but the drawback is that you can’t customize the folders for the type of content you want to save. The developers of Pistashio have decided that for you.
You also can’t tag items you add to your account, which means the five categories are the only way to manage your “stuff.” This might be okay at first, but when your account starts overflowing with links and titles, you might have a hard time locating specific items.
Pistashio does give you a few other options that might be helpful, including the ability to star items as your “favorite,” as well as mark an item as “Completed.” This means Pistashio can be used as a sort of task manager for things you need to get done on the net. The web application also includes a feature for reminders, as well sharing items on your social networks.
Both Pistashio and Pleeq could use more features, and no doubt others will be added if the sites catch on. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful for either Internet users who don’t already use a bookmark web application or service, or could use them to supplement their existing solutions.
Let us know what you think of them or if a better solution exists.
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