Years ago, I realized the problems with browser-based bookmarks. They:
- lived on one computer
- were clumsy (or impossible) to sync between machines, and
- weren’t accessible to anyone else
Delicious was the first and is still the most widely-known online bookmarking service that addresses these issues. I used Delicious for several years which allowed me to easily store bookmarks on the web. These links then became my personal library of interesting information, and having them publicly available made it easy for me to share interesting things with others.
Then Yahoo! bought Delicious, it stagnated, was declared dead, and was sold. Now under new management, the service is back online, sort of.
When a leaked internal Yahoo! presentation indicated that Delicious was going away, like many others I began searching for a replacement service. It didn’t take me long to land at Pinboard. Pinboard is very similar to the services offered by Delicious with a couple big differences. The first is that bookmarks can be made private. The second is that it’s a paid service, which means that the developer has money, and an incentive, to innovate and provide good service for customers.
Pinboard has an API available for developers and as it picks up momentum, I’m seeing Pinboard integration in more applications. Support for Pinboard already exists in Reeder (my RSS reader of choice) as well as Instapaper. There is optional Twitter integration; one feature which I haven’t yet started using (but am considering) automatically saves all links that one posts to Twitter into their Pinboard account.
The other big bit of awesome with Pinboard is that the developer Maciej Ceglowski provides great transparency and open communication with users. The @pinboard Twitter account is active and interacts with users. An active mailing list for developers provides insight into the current workings of Pinboard as well as Maciej’s vision for the future.
If you enjoyed the original simple, lightweight version of Delicious, you’ll love Pinboard. Check it out, spend a few dollars to become a member, and support an indie software developer who’s doing great work building great software.