3 Simple And Elegant Tricks To Stop Drowning In Your Own Bookmarks

Akshata Shanbhag 18-12-2013

If you need rescuing from the clutches of your bookmarks, this article is for you.


With such great content available online, you get into the habit of saving every nice thing you come across, usually with the intention of reading or viewing it later. Somehow, you never get around to doing that because you’re busy bookmarking the next interesting article or cool video or quirky website that has caught your fancy.

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Say No To Time-Dependent Content

Avoid saving content that is time specific. As technological advancements continue to take place, tips, tricks, and tutorials related to gadgets and software become irrelevant as time passes. The same holds good for content like news-based articles, shopping deals, etc. For this reason, it’s best to access such pages on a need-to-know basis rather than bookmarking them. Whenever you want information about a particular topic, you can easily find it through a web search or a site-specific search.



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Downsize your bookmarks further by using the same approach for items such as how-tos, list posts, and videos.

Look Beyond The Regular Bookmark Managers

The native bookmarking feature of browsers as well as apps like Pocket, Diigo, and Instapaper let you save content at the click of a button. They make it so easy to bookmark any Web page that you don’t think twice before saving anything that looks remotely interesting.

To get past this trigger-happy bookmarking behavior, you need a method that is a tad more complex than clicking on the Star icon or some bookmarklet. Not too complex, mind you, but just enough to give you pause for thought. The following apps that double up as bookmark managers can help you with that.



You already use the Favorites feature of Twitter to save tweets that you like. Now take it one step further. If you stumble upon something that you think deserves a second look, tweet about it and then save that tweet as a favorite. Think of it this way. If something isn’t worth tweeting about, it may not be worth saving. You can also try this with other platforms like


Create an email draft titled Bookmarks. Whenever you want to save a link, edit the draft, copy-paste the link to it, and save the draft. Use headers to divide the links into categories.



Create a Dropbox folder for bookmarks, and each time you want to save a Web page, drag the tiny icon that’s available to the left of the page’s URL in the address bar to this folder. Doing so will create an Internet Shortcut to that page.


If you use a url shortener like, you can use it to save content as well. Simply shorten any link that you want to bookmark and it gets saved automatically. Both the original and shortened links stay in one place for easy access. You can even set the link status to Public or Private.


Use Two Apps Instead Of One

The content you save can be classified into two types: the kind that you keep returning to because it is evergreen and the kind that you read once, say, over the weekend, to stay up-to-date on the latest from around the world.

It’s a good idea to separate both by using different methods. For example, you can use the email draft method to save fairly time-independent articles like How To Be More Productive When Working From Home How To Be More Productive When Working From Home Is working from home (or to use the term – telecommuting) more productive than working from an office? The debate was re-ignited after Marissa Mayer's clarion call to all Yahoo employees. Just like all blah-blahs,... Read More . To save content for weekly reading, choose a different option, such as Pocket. Then once a week or so, clear out the links from your Pocket account to make way for fresh content in the upcoming week.


The Conclusion

The simple tricks listed here keep your bookmarks manageable by ensuring that you save only that content which you’re likely to revisit. Avoiding the pile-up of stored content is so much better than having to declutter endless amounts of it later.

What tricks do you use to deal with bookmarks?

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  1. Bex
    December 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I use Evernote for content I want to keep for reference. After I clip into Evernote I edit out superfluous images, reduce font size and shrink spacing between paragraphs. I bookmark by category if it I find something of interest that might be hard to find again. Mostly I just bookmark the website home, such as Dornob, so that I can pull it up quickly.

    • Akshata
      December 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      The second half is the method I prefer too. I did have an Evernote account, but I ended up closing it because I spent an insane amount of time organizing things instead of getting on with work. I find it interesting to see how all of us use the same set of popular apps in such diverse ways.

  2. Mary Li
    December 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Why bother creating bookmarks if your browser history already has all websites you visited and visit frequency information? There is actually an automatic way to manage your bookmarks on Chrome (with a focus on shopping), a Chrome extension called BookmarkMatic for Shoppers.

    • Akshata
      December 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      You're right. The browser history method is a quick way to access sites. I prefer not to use it because I have the habit of clearing every bit of browser history from time to time. The Chrome extension for shoppers sounds interesting.

  3. RIchard
    December 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    what about ?
    you can tag bookmarks and access them accross al you devices and browsers

    • Akshata
      December 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      The bookmark syncing feature of various apps can come in very handy like you mentioned, but that doesn't stop you from bookmarking too many links and having to declutter them later.

  4. DasFluchen
    December 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Use LastPass's XMARKS!!!!! All bookmarks are saved and backed in the cloud. They can be assigned to a profile like work, home, mobile, .... and loaded in any of the major browsers.

    IMHO, if you come across a "read later" site/article, use something like Pocket or Readability to save and stop clogging up your bookmarks.

    • Akshata
      December 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I used Pocket for quite some time (when it was ReadItLater), but it just ended up being another place where I hoarded articles, so I deleted that account. Now I mainly use the email method listed above.

  5. Cent
    December 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    This article really helped me. I love bookmarking websites, but sometimes I don't have time to manage those. Thanks for the advices.

    • Akshata
      December 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      You're welcome!

  6. Catherine
    December 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Very timely topic. I've done this very thing recently, so liberating. Since I keep Facebook private, it's keeping my absolute favorites at hand and at a glance if I really want to check something out.

    • Akshata
      December 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      That's an easy way to do it. I used to save my favorites on Twitter that way.

  7. Christine Smith - DigiScrapAddicts
    December 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I keep all interesting content in only 2 places - Pinterest (if it has a photo) and Evernote (if it does not)

    • Julian A
      December 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Sounds like a good system. I use Evernote too, and also Pocket - for longer articles that I want to read later.

    • Julian A
      December 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Here's a top tip - don't bother to organise your bookmarks at all! Just use Firefox, and when you start typing related words into the location bar your related bookmarks will show in the drop down list. To make sure that this works, you have to turn it on in the Options menu - Options | Privacy | Location - and choose the option: "When Using the Location Bar, suggest Bookmarks" (or "History and Bookmarks").

    • permafrost
      December 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

      With Curate.Us you can keep all pages on Pinterest

    • permafrost
      December 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

      And an another tipp .... ? ..... example ?

    • Akshata
      December 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Urlist looks interesting, but I would be in danger of hoarding links all over again.