Keeping your browser’s many bookmarks organised is a never-ending struggle. Believe me, I understand the pain; no matter how many extensions I install or how many times I swear I’ll never let my overflowing bookmark toolbar get to this state, it always happens. One day, I’ll learn.
In the meantime, I’ve stumbled across one neat little website that can help you manage your browser clutter: Booky.io. To get started, simply make a free account, export your browser’s current bookmarks as a simple HTML file, and import them into the site.
(No, there’s no way to automatically sync your bookmarks via a browser extension, but I’m hopeful this functionality arrives sooner than later.)
When you import your bookmarks, Booky.io takes into account the folder structures you (hopefully) already use to organise your bookmarks. These become “categories” on the site, which you can move around your dashboard as you see fit.
(Yes, you can even have multiple dashboards, if you want separate categories for “work” and “not work.”)
One important detail: The import doesn’t appear to work for nested folders, or secondary bookmark folders you might have inside primary folders. You’ll need to import those separately, if that’s the case.
With booky.io, you can drag and drop bookmarks within or between categories, though the website does lack a batch-move feature that would make it even easier to organise your sprawling list of sites—as well, an alphabetizing function to more easily sort bookmarks in your categories. You can colour-code your categories, however, if that helps you find certain bookmark classifications.
During a typical work day I usually come across at least a handful of things I want to look at, but don't really have the time to at that moment.
I think the best way to use booky.io is to set it up as your browser’s home page (or a bookmark or pinned tab that you can easily access). And I’d probably only save bookmarks in the service that I know I always want to access at some point—my regulars, as it were, not necessarily a site I’ve just stumbled across that I want to save and read later. You can import a piecemeal list of primary sites using booky.io’s bookmarklet or Chrome extension, if you don’t want to import all of your browser’s bookmarks at once.
Though it’s unclear when the next iteration of booky.io might come out, or what new features it might have, the developers posted a few months ago that they’re working on a new version of the service.
Quick update: We’re making really good progress with the rewrite of booky. Last feature we added - dark mode :). The final release will still take some time but we will have a public beta before, so stay tuned!
— booky.io (@booky_io) October 25, 2018
I can’t wait to see what’s in store; here’s hoping “bookmark synchronisation via extensions” is at the top of the list.