Browser bookmarks

Is it me, or are browser bookmarks going the way of the dodo?

A few days ago it occurred to me that I never use bookmarks anymore. There’s just no need for them. I use Google Chrome on my two laptop computers and both systems are configured to launch with 5 tabs open: Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, and my WordPress site. I can click a link in Gmail to get to Google Reader and read my news feed. If there is some interesting item in the news feed that I want to remember, I simple star it and can browse the list of stars when I feel the need. If I come across a blog I like, there’s no need to bookmark it because I can simply add it to my RSS feed. And if I come across something that I want to read later on, I can send it to Instapaper. (And Instapaper allows me to automatically send those items to Evernote, as well.)

With all of this cloud-based “bookmarking”, combined with mobile apps for most things that I do, I just don’t see the point of browser-based bookmarks anymore?

Do you still use browser bookmarks? Do they still help?

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

One reply on “Browser bookmarks”

  1. Well, I’m a bit biased as I’m working on an open source bookmark platform, but not all the interesting things I come across come via google reader. As a developer I tend to find a lot of good docs, blog posts, etc where I just want to store that single page because it’s got useful info I want to go back to. I don’t want to subscribe to their whole blog, and I can’t subscribe to a page in some documentation.

    I also use bookmarks for stores with useful items I might be interested in, vacation research, all of those kinds of things just don’t fit into a google reader world.

    So yep, I <3 bookmarks and while I do use and can't live without google reader, the overlap is much smaller in practice.

    http://bmark.us & http://docs.bmark.us

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