I used to love Delicious. The social bookmarking site enabled me to take my multiple levels of hundreds of bookmarks off the browser and into the cloud. I tagged articles with contextual keywords and with a few clicks of the mouse I could see the usernames of other people around the web who tagged the same web content, the keywords they chose to use, and other content they also bookmarked.
But when it was announced in December 2010 that Yahoo might sell Delicious, I began investigating alternative cloud applications to bookmark and store my favorite blog posts, videos, and other online content.
I now love Pinboard.
Similar to my usage of Delicious, I use a browser bookmarklet to add any URL to my Pinboard account, insert a description when applicable, and add the keywords, or tags, I want to describe the site. The keywords are also linkable to other Pinboard users’ accounts so I can surf through the site to see who is bookmarking the same content and what other content and keywords they like on the web.
I can also choose which of my content is public for the world to see and which is private for only my eyes. When I apply to job ads, for instance, I bookmark those ads as private entries.
This tweet by Hillary Hartley, retweeted by Jed Sundwall and Gwynne Kostin — three people I respect — pointed me to Pinboard.
After perusing other tweets and Google search results for the application, including Michael Arrington’s early review in the summer of 2009, I signed up on December 16, 2010 and charged $7.20 to my PayPal account.
Unlike bookmarking competitor Diigo which Arik Hanson uses, Pinboard costs an initial investment to partially discourage spammers from abusing the site and also encourage developer Maciej Ceglowski, a former Yahoo engineer who built it as a side project, defray server costs.
The cost to sign up increases each day you wait. The current cost is $9.30, due to an ingenious pricing formula that multiplies the number of Pinboard users by $0.001. If you currently use Delicious and seek an alternate bookmarking site, you can sign up here and follow the prompts to automatically import all of your Delicious entries (with tags) to Pinboard.