Bookmarking apps are a lost art. They were once a popular industry where Delicious, Diigo, Wink and Furl (those are all real names, I swear!) competed for space for all your URLs. But they went out of fashion just as James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” disappeared from the radio charts, and the idea of ”bookmarks” never came back into vogue. Do you have browser bookmarks; What else do you need?
That’s why you should use a bookmarking app: because it’s the storage that the internet needs. Seriously, think of it like you’ve rented one of those personal storage spaces and now you have room for all the stuff that won’t fit anywhere else. Instead of emailing yourself links or keeping 100 tabs open just in case, every time you come across a URL you might need, launch it into your bookmarking app. A tweet you want to send to someone later? Added to bookmarks. A Reddit topic you don’t have time for yet? Added to bookmarks. A recipe to try someday? Added to bookmarks. Car rental confirmation page next week? Added to bookmarks. Don’t worry about what it is or where it will end up – just pour it all into one place and know it will be there waiting for you.
I’ve tried most bookmarking services in my web surfing, which honestly doesn’t say much; there is not much competition there. But at least there is Raindrop, which is almost perfect for my needs. It’s available almost everywhere – on the web, Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, and Android – and it’s fast and easy to understand. You get most of the basic features for free, but for $28 a year (about $2.33 a month) you get things like full-text search of everything you save, a permanent copy of everything even if the page is gone, and a bunch of handy organizational tools. . One search is worth it for me, but Raindrop does a really good job for free. If you’re using an app like Alfred or Raycast, you can also use these tools to search your Raindrop bookmarks. It’s like a web application launcher and it’s very useful.
The most important thing Raindrop does right is the save process. It has extensions for most popular browsers and when you install the extension you can choose what happens when you click on it: it can either open a mini version of the Raindrop app, or if you choose “Clipper” it will just instantly save any page you are currently viewing. I recommend selecting the Clipper option and then setting up a keyboard shortcut to activate it – I have Cmd-Shift-B – so you can save any page without even taking your fingers off the keyboard.
One of the app’s most recent features are highlights, which allow you to save a snippet of a web page or text instead of capturing it in its entirety. (The app developer is also working on using screenshots in the same way.) This makes Raindrop really handy for research; just highlight the two sentences you want to return to, right-click, and click Save Selection.
You can also automate what’s saved in Raindrop thanks to the app’s many integrations. This is where the app really outperforms its competitors: it seems that the Raindrop API connects to all. It works with IFTTT and Zapier to interact with many other apps, so if you want an automatic list of every tweet you like or a Reddit thread you’ve upvoted, Raindrop can do it. (I don’t actually recommend it. It seems useful at first, but it ends up being just a mess. But you do it!) My RSS reader is set up so that if I double-click on a title, it automatically goes to Raindrop .
Oh, and here’s a fun and sometimes life-saving feature: Raindrop has a tab bankruptcy feature where it can save all your open browser tabs to a folder marked with today’s date so you can protect your computer from exploding but still find those tabs later. .
If you want, you can organize your bookmarks however you like, with folders and tags and lots of custom icons. Raindrop does something for you, too, by trying – in my experience with average success – to figure out what content you’ve saved and categorize it accordingly. Personally, I only have two folders: the default “Unsorted” folder, which is where all new bookmarks go by default, and the “Archive” folder for links I don’t need anymore but still want to show up in search results later.
Raindrop can be very powerful and complex if you want, and you can even use it with other people for a collaborative bookmarking system. I don’t want any of this. For me it’s just a place to put everything things I collect as I surf the web. I don’t need to organize it; I don’t have to worry about what goes where. I just throw everything in a heap and let the application do the rest.
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