When comparing Pinboard vs Google Chrome Bookmarks, the Slant community recommends Pinboard for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to organize bookmarks?” Pinboard is ranked 1st while Google Chrome Bookmarks is ranked 14th.
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Pro An ad-free site with no third-party tracking
The standard account is $11/year. The pro account ($25/year) provides you:
- A permanent personal copy of every bookmark you save.
- Full-text search of all your bookmarks
- Dead link and error detection
Pro A searchable archive of all your tweets and favorites
Pro Easy tagging
Pro Excellent API
Pinboard has an API that gives you access to all features used in the webapp, so you can build scripts and apps that work against it very easily.
Pro A way to save notes and other snippets of text as bookmarks
Pro Built-in sync of links and favorites from multiple Twitter accounts
Pro Built-in integration with Instapaper
Pro Easy download of all your data
Pro The ability to bookmark by email from your iPhone
Con Paid service
Costs $11/year, which may be costly to some over free solutions. With free services such as Pocket, Raindrop, XMarks, iCrumbz, Delicious, and Papaly - there is no reason as to why one would want to pay for this service. Especially considering it is inferior to some of the services mentioned previously. With that being said - the service itself is not poor - it just isn't easy to justify paying for a service you can find elsewhere for free.
Con Automatic bookmark organizer is unpredictable
The Auto Folders as well as the Suggested Folders features rarely seem to get it right. In one case it creates random folders that have nothing to with the bookmark in question (like creating a folder called McDonalds for a picture that has nothing to do with fast food) in the other it suggests folders that clearly have better alternatives (like suggesting the folder "Linux" instead of "Productivity" for an article titled "Productivity Tools").
Con There's no way to automatically generate thumbnails to pages that were saved without thumbnails
If a site was bookmarked before installing the extension or it was saved without selecting a thumbnail, the only way to get thumbnails to show is to go to every bookmarked item manually and editing it.
Con Poorly designed UX
The extension requires a lot of clicking to save a bookmark to the appropriate folder and navigating folders is unintuitive and confusing. For example, instead of clicking a folder to open it, an arrow next to it has to be clicked, but it can't be done from the initial view as there's no arrow next to the "suggested" folder, instead an "add to folder" button has to be clicked first to access the folder selection menu. Furthermore, a bookmark can't be saved to a folder that's open, the destination folder can only be selected from the folder that contains it.