Back in the day, each web browser kept track of its own website bookmarks. The bookmarks I have in Safari number into the many hundreds; some of which I’ve had for a decade or two. But this is the 21st century and social media is all the rage. Now it’s possible to pay for bookmarks.
Something Old, Something New
One of the popular but less visible of the new era of social web sites is called Pinboard. It’s a bookmarking site that comes with an annual subscription fee.
Pinboard is interesting because it’s user supported, not ad supported; but it’s supported by hard earned cash. We live in a mostly capitalist society, one in which everyone is out to get your money.
You can put bookmarks into your Pinboard account from pretty much any popular browser, and even sync up with reader services including Pocket and Instapaper.
If paying for bookmarks sounds appealing, then look at Pinbox, a Mac app which manages your Pinboard bookmarks. It, too, comes with a price tag. Yep. I know, right?
Pinbox is merely a management app which lets you create, delete, and update bookmarks in Pinboard. Setup tags, search by keyword, even group bookmarks by tags, then share them online to other social networks.
As bookmark managers go, Pinbox is much easier to use than apps like Synkmark or Markster, which seem to be more aimed at geekier Mac users than the rest of us. Pinbox has a number of features that most browser apps do not.
For example, you can display the bookmark URL. Or not. Hide the icon in the Dock. Setup a hotkey. Pinbox is so hip that the website doesn’t even have a description of what the app can do, other than be a client for Pinboard.
Paying for bookmark management. Who would have thought of that back in 1994?
All I can figure here is that there are a few billion people connected to the internet these days, and of that growing numbers there might be a few million who are willing to pay for an online bookmarking service rather than just using the built-in browser bookmark, and with a nominal price tag, somebody makes a little money.