I have been really bad at bookmarking stuff I’ve seen online. And although I was already using a great bookmarking service, it has turned out to be too hard to manage and keep up to date.
It happened quite regularly that I wanted to find an article, photo or other resource again, but couldn’t remember where I’ve seen and “liked”, “faved” or “starred” it previously. And so, I often needed to turn to Google Search to find what I’m looking for. This search was sometimes successful, and often not. And of course, it was tedious having to go through a whole lot of search results.
I needed to fix this.
I needed a master-archive for all the things I looked at on the internet.
So, may I introduce:
- Pinboard - the master-resouce-archive.
- IFTTT (If This Then That) - the automatic archivist extraordinary.
I frequently “like”, “favorite” or “star” items on Instapaper, Tumblr, Flickr, Google Reader, Twitter, Vimeo, Github and StackOverflow. I would like for every one of these items’ URL to be automatically imported into Pinboard.
Pinboard has build-in support to do this with my Twitter Favorites and Instapaper can send Likes to Pinboard directly. For the rest, I started using IFTTT and have become a big fan. I am using recipes to import my Tumblr Likes, Google Reader Stars, Instagram Likes, Flickr Favorites and Vimeo Likes. (Unfortunately, Github and StackOverflow Stars are not supported.)
Using IFTTT to automatically create Pinboard bookmarks for all my Likes, Stars and Favs has made it a lot easier for me to find things again that I’ve seen in the past.