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As you’re moving about the Internet you’ve surely bookmarked some things now and then. The concept of bookmarking has turned into a booming business for sites like Pinterest and Delicious, but those sites focus on the social nature of link-saving and sharing.
For your own personal needs you’re probably using whatever tools that your browser of choice provides for bookmarking. Google’s Chrome browser, for example, allows you to easily set up folders to place your bookmarks in and lets you search through the titles to find that gem you didn’t have time to read last week.
But what if you’ve forgotten the title of the site you’ve bookmarked and didn’t meticulously place it in a folder to help you find it later? That’s a problem that I’ve had many times and I’m sure you’ve faced the same thing.
A site called Stashmarks allows you to seamlessly upload your Chrome bookmarks and then indexes them in an effort to make them completely searchable.
What was that story called again?
With Stashmarks, you won’t have to remember the title of the story,. All you have to do is try to remember at least one word that was mentioned in the link. The service indexes all of your Chrome bookmarks as you add them in real-time, allowing you to search through the entire text of the link later.
After you’ve uploaded your bookmarks, the service takes a few minutes to index the pages as Google’s own search engine would do on the Internet. While the service doesn’t provide the article for offline viewing, it will let you find what it was you bookmarked and couldn’t find and then let you click over to it:
In addition to letting you view and search through these bookmarks from any machine you’re on no matter where you are, Stashmarks also uses the folders that you’ve used for the bookmarks to sort them by tag. The site’s design is extremely simple yet extremely fast and pleasant to use.
If you’ve spent a lot of time bookmarking important links from the web, storing them on a third-party service isn’t a bad idea at all, especially when it takes the extra step to index them for you for easy searching later. If you’re not sold on the concept of social bookmarking and still like keeping links to yourself, you’ll really dig Stashmarks. The company behind it promises a Firefox version in the future, but for now it’s Chrome only.
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