All of the top Web browsers have a built-in bookmarking feature; you can add and view your bookmarks at any time. With some browsers, you can even sync your bookmarks across devices so that you can access them from any device. For some users, this can seem too complicated. It’s definitely not as easy as just logging into a Web service.
It can also be a pain to manage your bookmarks from within your browser. You have to organize the bookmarks manually and it’s definitely not aesthetically appealing. If you like simple it works great, but what if you’re looking for something more visual?
While you can usually add keyboard shortcuts to help you access your favorite websites quickly, there’s not any other advanced features. For all of these reasons and more, many avid Internet users opt for a Web app to do the job.
With the services mentioned below, you’ll see that syncing and organizing your bookmarks doesn’t have to a pain and you’ll even have fun while doing it! These 6 Web apps can serve as a one-stop-shop for all of your favorite websites and more.
Only2Clicks is an old favorite of mine; it’s a visual bookmark service that lets you organize your favorite sites into categories. It’s your basic speed dial page, with the addition of tabs. For instance, you can create a tab called “social” and then put all of your favorite social networking accounts in that tab.
Only2Clicks even has special search icons (Google, Flickr, YouTube and more), which allow you to search right from the speed dial icon.
Zootool is a beautifully designed visual bookmarking service that prides itself on being “smarter” than other bookmarking services. For starters, “it has built-in autodetection of content from more than 100 websites, so you’ll always get the best available previews, tag suggestions, titles and descriptions for your bookmarks.” It also automatically sorts your bookmarks by type.
Besides websites, you can use Zootool to save all types of media like images and videos. You can then organize your bookmarks into collections and add tags for easy access.
No matter what browser you use there’s an extension (or bookmarklet) that you can install, making it easy to add new bookmarks. Plus, Zootool has an iPhone app along with a mobile optimized version of their website.
With Skloog, you can create shortcuts to all of your favorite websites and then organize them into tabs (much like Only2Clicks). However, the UI and set up is much different from Only2Clicks and it looks like a simplified version of it. For instance, instead of displaying snapshots of each website, it displays the logo.
Just like any other speed dial service, you can drag-and-drop your icons to rearrange them. When you signed up, you’ll get your own Skloog email address that you can use to add bookmarks by email; there’s also a bookmarklet.
Favilous is not a visual bookmarking service, but it’s a great bookmark organizer. You can add bookmarks and then organize them into categories. Favilous only displays a link to your bookmarks in order to minimize scrolling.
Their focus is on creating a simple way to display all of your bookmarks on a single page. You can also customize your Favilous page by choosing your own backdrop.
Springpad is a smart and powerful notebooks application that can be used for many things like creating wish lists and task lists, storing images and videos, taking notes, storing recipes, organizing events and much more. Of course, it’s also great for saving bookmarks and organizing them into notebooks and by adding tags.
There are many customization options for your notebooks. For example, you can choose a theme, accent color and choose what to display on the cover. Springpad has numerous browser extensions and mobile apps for iOS and Android.
With all that Springpad has to offer, it’s a great app to use for all of your productivity needs. Instead of using separate tools, Springpad delivers an all-in-one solution. Plus, their mobile apps are amazing and beautifully designed.
Memonic is another online notebook service that is great for saving and organizing bookmarks. Memonic has a Web clipper that you can use to: clip content from any Web page; save Web pages to read later; bookmark websites; or write notes.
Organizing your bookmarks is quick and easy with their clutter-free interface. You can organize them into folders or groups and add tags. Like Springpad, you can also customize the look and feel by choosing changing the display of your items and changing the background.
What is your favorite Web app for accessing all of your favorite websites and bookmarks? Do you use one of the above-mentioned or something else?