The top 5 bookmark managers to help you organize, sync and stay on top of your web pages.
Browser bookmarks are both a gift and a curse. On the one hand, they help you save notable web pages for later, and let you create quick links to the pages you use the most. On the other, however, it’s easy to end up with hundreds of bookmarked pages, no recollection of why you saved most of them, assorted broken links, and no easy way of finding the page you want. A good bookmark manager can help solve this problem, and get your bookmarks into shape in no time.
Firefox Sync is an add-on for Mozilla browsers that enables you to sync your bookmarks, history, passwords, add-ons and open tabs between different computers and devices. Once you’ve set up Firefox Sync on all relevant devices, your data is stored on the Firefox server and synced automatically. The service works both ways, so bookmarks, tabs and passwords added on your computer are synced with your device, and vice versa.
Webbla is a Mac-specific bookmarking service with a difference. While most bookmarking services save links as text, Webbla displays your bookmarks in visual format using a cover flow style. This makes it easier to find and retrieve the information you’re looking for, and you can also create tags and organize your bookmarks into different folders. Once you’ve added a bookmark, Webbla monitors the saved site for changes, and notifies you when this happens.
Webbla is available as a free trial, and usually costs $22.99.
Webnote is another bookmarking service for Mac that is designed to help you create smarter bookmarks. The service comes with a variety of helpful features, such as the ability to tag and organize bookmarks. You can also add notes to your bookmarks to remind yourself why you’re bookmarking a certain page.The tagging feature can help you with research, task management, and to create your own personal search engine.
Webnote is free to try for 30 days, and the licensed version costs $24.95.
Diigo started out as a simple bookmarking tool, and has since developed into a comprehensive information management system. Diigo gives you a variety of tools that you can use with most major browsers. These include the ability to highlight text, add sticky notes, and take a snapshot of all or part of a webpage. All your annotations are stored in the Cloud, so you can access your saved web pages and annotations from other devices, including Android, iPhone and iPad, through your Diigo account. The manager also has a tagging system, so you can add tags to each bookmark you save for easy retrieval later.
You can try Diigo for free, and a basic account costs $20 per year.
While Google’s Chrome is a browser rather than a bookmark manager, it still deserves a mention. If you’re not already using Chrome for its simple, intuitive interface and array of extensions, the bookmark management features might sway you.
Chrome enables you to bookmark web pages with just one click of your mouse. You can organize pages into different folders, and, using the new Chrome app, sync bookmarks between your laptop, desktop and mobile devices.