At first glance you might confuse 3×3 with other minimalist start pages; it certainly shares the “click the grid of icons” styling shared by many. Underneath it’s packed with features: keyboard shortcuts, folder-based organisation and even an accompanying Android app.
We originally shared 3x3links with you in 2008. Since then they’ve added some new features including folder-based organisation, polished up their keyboard shortcuts and released an Android app.
3x3links lays out nine of your favourite shortcuts in a grid. Not too exciting so far, right? Where 3x3links shines is a folder-based system of organisation, you can subdivide your grid into all folders, a mix of links and folders, or just links — a folder for your favourite news sites, social networking sites, search engines or whatever else you want on the front page but not cluttering everything up.
In addition to the nested folders the keyboard shortcuts are quite polished. You can use the number pad, the ASDW configuration — a favourite among First Person Shooter gamers, I haven’t played an FPS in years but my fingers still drift to the ASDW keys for even the simplest of Flash games — or the direction keys. Laptop users will be extra impressed with the keyboard shortcuts, the shortcuts work on the laptop mobile number pad without pressing the FN button to enable the number functionality.
Of course if you’re using the 3x3links on your Android phone or set as your homepage on an iPad or other touch-screen device you can skip all the shortcut action and go right to the “future is now!” tap and go interactivity. 3×3 is a free service and requires basic registration or use of your Google credentials for access. If you want to try it out before signing up make sure to check out their demo here.