Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

antisocial bookmarking

Via Daring Fireball I just learned about Pinboard, which describes itself as “antisocial bookmarking.” I am tempted to use it rather than Delicious for just that reason.

I think all that line really means is that it’s easy to make the default setting for your bookmarks “Private.” In other respects Pinboard is just a simpler, cleaner version of Delicious — I like its look very much — with one nice addition: instead of bookmarking pages you can choose “To Read,” which saves the page for later perusal. That makes Pinboard a kind of combination of Delicious and Instapaper, which makes a lot of sense.

Here’s the other interesting thing about Pinboard: its developer, Maciej Ceglowski, has implemented a signup fee: “The signup fee helps discourage spammers and defrays some of the costs of running the site,” he writes. “The fee is based on the formula (number of users * $0.001), so the earlier you join, the less you pay.” When Gruber (the immensely popular Daring Fireball) signed up a few days ago, he paid $2.33. When I signed up yesterday, I paid $2.91. But I imagine a few thousand other Fireball readers did just the same, so this morning the price is $4.08. Quite a jump. If you’re interested in Pinboard you should get it while it’s not so hot.

In general — and this takes us back to a recent post — I’d prefer to pay money for an online service, rather than use a monetarily free service for which I pay in other ways: for example, in privacy. So I’ll be playing with Pinboard for a few days and trying to decide whether my social or antisocial side has priority.

2 comments:

  • Interesting service -- though am I correct in thinking that
    del.icio.us offers private bookmarking? I know that diigo does.

    That said, it's been a long time since I used delicious. I just keep
    all my bookmarks in plain text files on my local computer. Perhaps I
    should coin my method "misanthropic bookmarking."

  • Alan Jacobs said...

    Yes, you can make any bookmark in Delicious private — you just can't (as far as I know) set that as your default.

    Also, if you start encrypting those text files you can call that method "paranoid bookmarking."

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