Bookmarks

You can tell a lot about a person from the bookmarks in their browser. Some play it fast and loose, a few dog-eared pages to guide Google searches. Others treat their bookmarks bar like a spice rack, with everything going in its right place.

For me, the bookmarks bar is a favorite method to keep a handle on how I browse for recurring content and services on the web. Not only is it where I keep direct links to the services I use everyday, it’s also an index of content I want to revisit or keep in reference.

The internet is space. The browser is my spaceship. The bookmarks bar is my navigation console.

 

Here’s a peek at my bookmarks bar and a few tips I’ve gathered over the years for keeping it in order.

My navigation console. 

My navigation console. 

1. The favicon-only bookmark. My favorite bookmark hack. Save precious space in your bookmarks bar by using favicon-only bookmarks. When you bookmark a page like Gmail or Pocket or Twitter, just leave the “Name” field blank. The favicon is enough.  

Favicons are better. 

Favicons are better. 

2. Use folders. For the services I hit daily, I like the favicon bookmark. For everything else, I use folders. It’s a way to organize an index of topics and resources you know you’ll want to come back to.

3. Put like things in like places. At a certain volume of bookmarks, you run the risk of becoming a hoarder. To keep this label at a distance, I group related bookmarks together.



That’s my bookmarks bar. How do you organize yours? Feel free to share a screenshot in the comments. Together, we can shift the dialogue back to the browser bar, that oft-neglected packmule of the internet.