How Do I Organize My Bookmarks?

Posted by Eric Bastholm on August 24, 2011
Aug 242011

If you want the simple answer – Don’t.

If you want to know why then read on.

If you are like I was then you probably have hundreds of bookmarks. Sites that you can not bear to lose. Useful stuff. Valuable stuff. Yes?

Well … yes, and no.

Do you really use your bookmarks? Bookmarks are like all that stuff in your house that you know is useful so you don’t throw it out, but you hardly ever use it. You know the stuff: plastic containers, jars, rubber bands, your CD collection, the bread making machine – all useful things, theoretically. In reality, meh. I used to bookmark heaps of stuff, but finally realised that I was wasting my time. You are too.

You don’t use your bookmarks because search is better.

Search is better than bookmarks. Just search for what you want and often you find the pages you would have bookmarked anyway or, more often than not, you find other, more interesting, more delete your bookmarksup-to-date pages. Also, modern browsers seem to know what you want when you start typing in the address bar, so you don’t have to remember much.

Bookmarks are less useful now. It wasn’t always like this. In the old days (a few years ago), there was a lot less content. Bookmarks for the good content made sense then. Now, there is a lot of content, it changes very rapidly and its value is very transient. If you rely on bookmarks and you do use them you will likely miss valuable content recently published.

Delete your bookmarks. Do what I have done and just delete your bookmarks. I don’t use them. I don’t need them. I don’t want them. You won’t miss them.

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