Actionable Web Bookmarks

by Krishna on June 16, 2008

I have been using web bookmarks using various applications like del.icio.us, Yahoo Bookmarks and Google Bookmarks, as well as the built-in functionality within the browsers. Although all of them have good features, one important thing that is missing from them is the ability to tie actions to them. Here is what I would like to ideally do with different kind of bookmarks. Some applications have partial functionality available and I have enclosed them in parentheses.

  1. Mark a bookmark as something I will use on a daily basis, such as login pages for various accounts. I should have an option to open all such bookmarks in different tabs in the browser (Firefox/IE does this).
  2. Mark as something that I may need infrequently. I might have different levels of frequency of use. So I would want to classify them as such.
  3. Mark a bookmark to visit on a particular date, or on a recurring basis. Example: a bill payer or bank site. I should get a reminder in email to visit the site.
  4. Mark as read and archive with an option to share. This might be an article that I want to read, but I have no use after reading it. I might want to email or share the bookmark with others in my network (del.icio.us and Google Reader does this).
  5. Mark a bookmark as the definitive answer to a problem I faced. The application should keep track of why I bookmarked the answer, so that it can help me answer the question in the future (Google Web History remembers the search and the associated search result I clicked on).
  6. I would like to know if someone visited the bookmark I shared with them.

Most bookmarking sites are concerned with categorizing bookmarks based on content, or sharing the bookmarks with others in the social network. That is helpful, but the bigger benefit for an end user is answering the questions: What does the end user want to do with the bookmark? When do they want to perform an action based on the bookmark?

{ 3 comments }

Kalpesh June 16, 2008 at 11:34 pm

In some sense “Morning Coffee” & iMacro (firefox addins) would help you do it.

Morning Coffee is to setup bookmarks that can be run like schedule job.

iMacro lets you record a macro of any site that you visit & play it later

I am not sure whether this can be combined (such that every morning, it will open gmail.com & log into my email account using imacro)

Krishna Kumar June 17, 2008 at 7:16 am

Thanks Kalpesh. Looks very interesting. I will try this out.

Kalpesh June 17, 2008 at 1:03 pm

There is a FF extension called “Read it later”. So, you can click on it & it will save the url somewhere for you on your machine

I think the extension name says it all 🙂

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