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Bookmarking Services Are Alternatives to Bookmarks or Favorites

RT Cunningham | January 17, 2021 (UTC) | Computers

bookmarkingI used a bookmarking service years ago. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the service. It doesn’t matter, they went out of business. I found a new bookmarking service last year, and it’s called “start.me”. It’s free for personal use, advertising supported.

Bookmarking Alternatives

Before I say anything else about start.me, I have to mention some other bookmarking services I remember. One was Foxmarks, which became Xmarks and then Xmarks Sync when it was acquired by LastPass. It’s now defunct.

Another service was called del.icio.us, and it’s defunct as well. I think most of the services started dying off when the web browsers starting syncing their own bookmarks. Despite the fact that it works well for specific web browsers, it automatically assumes you’ll use the same web browser for everything. I don’t.

The Chrome and Chromium web browsers can sink bookmarks between them, if you’re logged into Google. It doesn’t apply to all Chromium-based web browsers, just those two. Some other web browsers have similar syncing abilities. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to maintain bookmarks by exporting and importing all the time.

The start.me Start Page Service

Technically, it’s not just a bookmarking service. But bookmarking is what I’m using it for. I’m in the process of copying a lot of my bookmarks from the Brave web browser I’m using these days. Those bookmarks were imported from Chrome/Chromium a couple of years ago.

I found start.me by following the URL in a user agent string I came across in my logs. I wouldn’t have looked for it otherwise. It’s perfect for cross-browser bookmarks, and I’m kind of glad I found it. I want to do something similar and host it myself, but it takes time to get things right. Especially since I want to do it without using JavaScript libraries.

There may be other bookmarking services out there, but I’m way too lazy to look for for them. The start.me service works better than what I need. I really like the idea of sharing an entire page of bookmarks with the public and I may do something like that later on.

Photo Attribution: Magyarország from Pixabay
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in June 2019.

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