5 Ways to Save Links for Later Better Than Your Browser’s Bookmark Manager
The internet is full of interesting things to read, watch or listen to, but you only have a short time. Everyone needs a good bookmark manager to save links for later. While every browser comes with its own solution, these bookmarking apps bring something different to the table.
Currently, the top three bookmark managers are PinBoard, Pocket, and Diigo. But even with those, you’ll find a growing list of “check later” that you never go through. The goal is to find a bookmark manager that lets you browse through your list or find important links organized and quick.
1. Bookmark (Chrome): Browse bookmarks in preview pane
Sometimes when you are browsing the internet and you need to find a bookmark, you always want to stay on the same tab. That’s not possible in current scenarios, but Bookmarker is a nifty Chrome extension that gives you a neat preview pane for bookmarks.
Click the icon in the extensions toolbar to cycle through your saved bookmarks using mouse or keyboard shortcuts. When you click on a bookmark, it opens in a preview pane, which you can also move and resize. It’s very convenient and a great way to quickly find saved information without leaving your current tab.
Bookmarker can also bulk import and export bookmarks, in case you saved all your bookmarks in another app. The extension also lets you select multiple links and delete them together.
To download: bookmark for Chromium (Free)
2. WebCrate (Web, Chrome, Firefox): Keep bookmarks private and organized
If you’re worried about your data leaks or your bookmarks being used by companies to profile you and serve ads, WebCrate is what you need. The app works on Data spacea private personal cloud that sandboxes all the apps you install in your online space and keeps the data under your control.
WebCrate focuses on organizing your bookmark collection by creating different folders, called crates. It’s a simple drag-and-drop procedure, with your checkouts in a sidebar on the left, and you put any link there. The app also has a good search engine that can search for words via title, URL, icon or bookmark description.
It is recommended to install the WebCrate browser extension, as this allows you to import all current bookmarks into your browser, in addition to giving you shortcuts to save any link. There is also a useful bookmarklet, which you can also use on your phone’s browser to save links.
Although WebCrate focuses on privacy and data security, it does provide a way to share bookmark folders. You can share a link to one of your folders with another WebCrate user, who can then “subscribe” to that folder. Any updates you make to your file will be reflected in that person’s “External Funds” section.
3. WebAss (Web, Chrome, Firefox, Opera): Cross-platform bookmarks with stacked folders
WebCull aims to be a better version of the bookmark manager that comes with the browser, without breaking that format we’ve all grown accustomed to. And you know, it gives.
The extension is a more aesthetic version of bookmarks and is also mobile-friendly. If you start your WebCull page on a phone or tablet, you’ll find an easy-to-use interface to navigate to the link you want to visit. This is mainly because of WebCull’s folder and subfolder structure, which helps you organize bookmarks into neat piles.
Helpful, at the last link you’ll see options to open it in a new tab, current tab, or full screen. You can also add tags to the saved link, as well as write notes. These are useful for finding links instead of relying on your stacked folders.
You can import your existing bookmarks (and keep their folder structure) or start from scratch. WebCull also lets you create shareable URLs for folders, and you can also password protect these shared folders.
4. Grepmark (Windows, macOS, Linux): Slack for bookmarks, with chat
Among all new bookmarking apps, Grepmark does something completely different and unique. It’s a bit like someone looking at a chat app like Slack or Telegram and wondering how to use it to create a place to share bookmarks with friends.
In Grepmark, you have “channels” to act as different chat rooms, each with its own agenda. In the room, you cannot type a chat message, you can only copy and paste a link. In this way, the channel is not cluttered with messages, but only serves as a link table.
However, click on the post of a link and you will open a panel where participants can comment on that link. This is where friends can note their thoughts on the link, or you can add why you shared the link in the first place. Users can also move links shared in one channel to another channel if it’s in the wrong place.
This is the main way to use Grepmark, but there are a few other cool features. In the left sidebar, you can see all recent comments or all bookmarks shared on channels. You can also search through all messages to find a link.
5. ForLater.Email (Web): Save any bookmark as a readable article in your inbox
If you only bookmark links to read articles later, you’re probably familiar with the best read-later apps like Pocket or Instapaper, which even clean up the article layout for better readability. But these can be useless if you don’t save as many links as you need to use them regularly. Also, again, these are third-party apps with access to your data and reading habits.
Forlater.Email is a useful, no-registration service that lets you save links as readable, clutter-free emails. It’s really simple to use. Copy a link, compose a new email and paste it in, then send the message to “[email protected]”. In a minute you will receive a new email with the link in both HTML and plain text, to read whenever you want.
The link saving process works great even on phones, where many bookmarking apps struggle. Forlater.Email also has Chrome and Firefox extensions, to speed up the whole process when browsing on desktop computers. The creator recommends creating email filters to automatically sort all of your saved articles under a ForLater tag.
Hack to eliminate your “Read Later” list
There is no right answer to which of these is the best bookmark manager. Everyone has different needs. Some value privacy and data security, others want a way to share bookmarks with friends, and some just want a better version of what you get with your browser. It’s all about finding the right bookmark manager for you.
However, whichever app you choose, you can always try to browse your “read later” list by adding a simple rule. Create folders for “Read Later” or “Watch Later”, and save links as normal. But if you haven’t checked it a month after saving it, remove the link. It was probably an impulsive bookmark that you never really wanted to read later, but felt like you were missing out on if you didn’t.