social media toolsBookmarking is a great way to save things for later follow-up or to revisit on a regular basis.

While your browser’s built-in bookmarks make for a quick and easy visit to your favorite sites, external bookmarking sites can extend to images, quotes, articles and more.

If you use bookmarks often, you may need a better way to organize them and incorporate them effectively into your workday.

In this article I’ll highlight three bookmarking tools that can help boost your productivity.

#1: Licorize

The real difference in Licorize is that it is not only a bookmarking tool, but also a collaborative platform for “web workers” and their teams. Licorize connects to social networks and other web apps to make your life easier and more productive.

Available connections include Evernote, LinkedIn, Instapaper, Twitter, Dropbox, WordPress and Google Reader. You can also import and export bookmarks through Licorize, and add bookmarks on the go to any mobile device that has a browser.

Although Licorize is the only one of these tools that requires a paid account, it’s one of my favorites and therefore is first on the list. After a 7-day free trial, Licorize requires a one-time payment of $14.99 to use it for life. Considering how useful I find this app, I think its well worth the sign-up fee.


Licorize prides itself on being a bookmarking service "for the web worker tribe."

Like some of the other tools noted here, Licorize lets you sort bookmarks by type, although these are geared more to the professional, including types such as reminder, milestone, idea, place and to-do.


In the settings panel, you can choose which bookmark types to show or hide in your browser pop-up window.

A pop-up window used to add bookmarks through your browser offers more in-depth options than most bookmarking apps, but the interface is simple and easy to understand. The URL and title of the page are determined automatically, although you can change these as well as add your own notes.


Notice the colored lines surrounding the title? With one click, you can select any section of text on the page—no need to click and drag.

Although bookmarks (or strips) can be edited once they are saved, the beauty of the browser extension is how quickly you can create or add to a work plan from your browser. After adding the normal details for your bookmark (title, URL, notes and tags), you can choose from a list of projects or create a new one, assign the strip to a team member and choose a level of importance.


See that little smiley face to the right of the notes section? You can even choose an emoticon to show how you feel about this task!

The browser bookmarklet makes adding bookmarks easy, with the pop-up window shown above, but lacks any extra features. With the browser extension, you also get the options of “remind me later” and “read it and store,” as well as opening your strips panel to see bookmarks you have already saved.


The browser extension gives you more options than the bookmarklet, but both offer a quick way to save strips.

Once your bookmarks are saved, you can view and edit them at Bookmarks can be filtered by priority or time, and you can search using tags, calendar dates or just keywords.

Bookmarks in your account can be checked off as “done” or “read,” pinned to the top of your list or deleted. You can also add work log details to an item, showing when you worked on it and for how long.


Each strip shows details of the type of strip and which tags and project it is assigned to.

The weekly review option is a great way to catch up on what has taken place during the week, and what you have left to do. When working with others, this can help you keep on top of your projects and ensure nothing gets overlooked.

weekly review

Whether you want to review only your to-do strips or everything from the past week, the weekly review option is a handy tool to have at your disposal.

And finally, Licorize lets you bring your bookmarks together and present them as a booklet. When curating content around a project or theme, this is an excellent way to present your findings and share them with others.

Watch this video for a quick look at how Licorize can save you time by helping you bookmark only the relevant details of a webpage.

How will it add to your productivity?

Need to collect ideas and inspiration for a project or presentation? Save images, articles, snippets and full web pages under a single project banner, which can then be made into a project booklet.

Want to share information or resources with colleagues? Add them to your team in Licorize and share, collaborate and create together.

Working on a project with someone who’s not around? Add them to your project in Licorize, and share information and bookmarks, create tasks and reminders, add work log details and keep each other in the loop.

#2: Diigo

Diigo is a great tool to keep web page bookmarks organized and searchable. As well as tags and lists for organization, Diigo also offers some snazzy add-on features to make your browsing and bookmarking more efficient, including virtual post-it notes and text highlighting.


Diigo's library view lets you filter your bookmarks by type, tag or list in the left-hand panel, and orders them by date added for easy searching

Adding a bookmark to your Diigo library through its browser extension is simple, given the intuitive options provided. The title and URL are sourced automatically, leaving you to input an optional description and tags.

add bookmark

Diigo offers recommended tags based on the content of the page you're saving.

Collecting your bookmarks into lists makes them easier to find later. Diigo’s list feature is handy for saving sites you go back to often, or ideas and resources for particular projects.


Lists can be private or public for anyone to view.

Viewing your bookmarks in Diigo’s library saves you even more time, with a great preview feature. Clicking on the Preview button shows you the page you added to your bookmarks list, saving you the time and effort of opening up a new tab or window.

Although Diigo has great bookmarking features, there are some even better aspects that set it apart from other bookmarking apps. The bookmarklet and browser extensions offer some outstanding features, including the ability to highlight text on a page and save it to your library.

You can also create virtual sticky notes to leave on a site, which other Diigo users can see and reply to.

Diigo also offers a host of ways to view and add to your library, including apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, as well as the ability to import and export your bookmarks, cross-post to Delicious and save favorite tweets as bookmarks.

How will it add to your productivity?

Are you a compulsive bookmarker in need of organization? Import your bookmarks to Diigo and use lists and tags to get them under control.

Do you have certain bookmarks you visit regularly? Collate them into a list, making them easy to find.

Do you bookmark pages when you really just want to save an image or a quote? Use Diigo’s browser extension to save images and highlight sections of text, rather than saving whole pages.

#3: Pinterest

A different take on bookmarking than most of these tools is Pinterest. This visual bookmarking service offers users an organized way of collecting images and videos.


Pinterest is a clever way of organizing visual bookmarks.

Pinterest profiles are organized into pinboards, a way of organizing “pins”—that is, images and videos—that you save to your account. Pinboards are sorted into categories, and each one has its own URL so you can share it across the web.


Pinterest profiles show a preview of the user's pinboards and their recent activity.

When viewing a specific pin, users can add comments and “like” or “repin” the picture or video. Repinning, like Tumblr‘s reblog feature, re-posts the bookmark to your own profile, with a link to the original. Each pin also comes with options to share via Twitter, Facebook or email and an HTML embed link for your website or blog.


Pinned images and videos offer interactive features: users can like, comment, repin or share via social networks.

Creating a bookmark is easy with only a few clicks. By using Pinterest’s browser extension, users can choose from any images found on the current page and add to an existing pinboard or create a new one.

By using the dollar sign or hash key, you can add searchable tags and price points. Sharing to Twitter and Facebook can be done from the Create Pin pop-up as well.


Using the browser extension allows pins to be added from anywhere on the web with a simple pop-up.

Pinterest also lets you follow other users to keep up with their new pins. Your home page after login will be populated by any recently added bookmarks from people you follow. Even better is the ability to follow just a pinboard, rather than all of a user’s new pins.


Following other users means you won't miss any of their new pins.

Pinterest is a great way to keep images organized. If you enjoy visuals and like to come back to your favorite pictures for inspiration or reminders, keeping them collected in your Pinterest account makes this much easier.

How will it add to your productivity?

All of those infographics you have saved so you can refer to them often? Collect them all together into one pinboard.

Looking for inspiration for your website redesign or a new business card? Explore pins created by web designers, graphic designers or similar businesses to yours.

Have a huge project coming up and need to consolidate ideas? Pin them all together on a pinboard and share the URL with your team.

So, which is the best?

Of course, that depends on what you need. If you’re looking for a free option, Licorize may not be for you. If you work with others often, however, and want to share projects and bookmarks, Licorize is a great choice.

Diigo and Pinterest offer comprehensive organization of your saved items, and make them easy to collect and find.

If none of these take your fancy, you might want to try Delicious, StumbleUpon or one of these niche bookmarking sites.

And of course, let me know what you think! How do you bookmark? Have you tried any of these tools, and what did you think? Join the discussion by leaving a comment in the box below.

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  • Enjoyed reading this. Post bookmarked and +1ed! 🙂

  • Wow, it seems like these bookmarking sites are popping up every other day. Thanks for sharing these, 3 more to add to the list.

  • Sorry, but none of these are new.

    Maybe you like to add Pinboard to the list… …, so it’s more complete.

  • I haven’t paid up for Pinboard yet… I need to do that. I like that it’s a paid service.

    [Edit: just paid up for Pinboard.]

  • Pinterest looks like FUN! 🙂 Have been using Diigo for some time and it’s been pretty neat. Will have to try the others. Cool post!

  • Kris Bradley

    Have you completely given up on Delicious.  I have been so frustrated with it, that I think my days are numbered on that site.

  • Grace Mendez

    I love Pinterest. It has lead me to many websites I may have never found on my own.

  • Luís Lopes

    Thanks for sharing this niche SB, so many ideas in my mind. Thanks Corina Mackay. 

  • I’ve always been a big fan of Diigo. Seems more practical than a lot of kinds, especially since you can highlight passages, and save them in a variety of ways. More business and research-oriented.

  • SDR777

    Any idea if any/which might have the best boost for SEO?

  • corinamackay

    Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • corinamackay

    You’re right, there are a lot to choose from nowadays, and they all seem to do something different. It’s hard to find exactly the right one, so I tend to use several!

  • corinamackay

    Thanks Jan-Hinrich. You’re right that none of these are new. My title was originally “3 bookmarking sites to boost your productivity”, which is more appropriate. I will pass this on to the editors.

  • corinamackay

    I haven’t tried Pinboard yet, what does it have that makes it worth the paid account?

  • corinamackay

    Oh, Pinterest IS fun! It’s a little addictive, as well!

  • corinamackay

    Personally, I never got into Delicious. I think I made an account and then never used it. It seems to be a pretty ‘standard’ choice for a lot of people still, but I think there are some great alternatives available, depending on what features you need.

  • corinamackay

    Me too, Grace! I have found several new sites that way.

  • corinamackay

    You’re welcome, thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts if you try any of these.

  • corinamackay

    I tend to use Diigo quite a bit for my regular bookmarks. I like the lists feature a lot.

  • corinamackay

    I couldn’t tell you to be honest, although I have noticed my Pinterest account showing up in search results, whereas the other two don’t.

  • CJ

    Thanks for sharing these.  Diigo was on my back burner & the others weren’t on my radar.

  • bellevuedentist

    Licorize looks very cool, but with all the good free sites it doesn’t seem worth paying for it.  Just my opinion.  I have had a Diigo account for some time along with a few others.  Surprised you didn’t mention Digg, which is one of my favorites as well as the first one I used.  It seems that there is such an enormous proliferation of bookmarking sites that it is at a crazy level.  A lot of them are No Follow sites which doesn’t help your SEO very much.  Some of the newer sites try to get people signed up as members by being Do Follow sites, but when they get large I think a lot them just go to the No Follow mode.  So the question is, “Whether it is better to have a No Follow from a biggy or a Do Follow from a newbie!”

  • I love Pinterest! Totally addictive and such a great tool to organize everything that interests you. I was wondering, from an SEO perspective, if the links these sites generate do anything to boost SEO. In other words, do Pinterest links to my store count as “quality” links that will improve my Google rankings?

  • I believe you will not regret this! I am using Pinboard a lot and I am very happy that I made the step over from Delicious.

  • I tried Licorize when it came out and I really liked the UI design. I tried it after some months again, but unfortunately I found the user experience is too complex.

  • I tried Gimme Bar a little while ago, actually. I had forgotten about that one! I didn’t really feel it had any original features that I couldn’t find anywhere else, but I did love the UI.

  • That’s a fair statement, I think. There is a lot to get your head around in Licorize, and that can take a while.

  • No problem, thanks for reading!

  • Digg is a great tool, as are many others that have been mentioned. Unfortunately, I could only fit 3 in this post! I started out with 5, and had to cut 2 out – there are just too many! These are 3 I am finding particularly useful at the moment, which is why I chose to highlight them.

  • As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I really couldn’t say. You would need to speak with an SEO expert, I think. But, I also mentioned that personally I have seen search results for Pinterest and not from the other two so far.

  • I’m still smarting from Delicious being abandoned by Yahoo! – in the end I decided to move over to Evernote as my bookmarking solution if only because while not “social” it does seem like there will be some longevity with this service.  Truthfully I have been happy.  

    Getting up and rolling on a bookmarking service can be a big deal – I know I had a bunch of my go to links set up before and then to suddenly learn that the platform was in limbo was less than ideal.  That said, thanks for the post.  

  • Mitch92021

    Have used them all. They really enhance and ad a lot of power to your blogs

  • Stephanie

     Great article.I like Sprindpad personally. I don’t know if it’s considered a bookmarking site but it does the same thing the above sites do and you can also keep private lists or share with others. I love Pinterest and find it very addictive as well as informative. I don’t need a paid service yet but Licorice sounds like a great alternative.

  • Thanks for the information. I was just invited to Pinterest last night and started looking around. It does look a bit addictive. I passed on the Diigo information to our main researcher as I think she will find it to be very useful. Thanks!

  • This is coming from a male perspective, but Pinterest seems to appeal primarily to women. And not only is it  a bookmarking site, it is a social bookmarking site. I think that businesses could benefit from a Pinterest account.

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  • Gizomatic

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. I choose Diigo. Love the fact you can annotate and highlight. I bookmark well… but finding it later is the problem. I should be good to go now. 

  • Here is where you can add the “Pin It” button to your site or product pages.
    Scroll all the way down to the bottom.

  • why was my comment about deleted?

    and I see you also deleted a comment from a Dev over at Licoriz. why?

    doesn’t make any sense at all.

  • Frank

    @twitter-23290075:disqus – pls remove scams like this posting from “dena” – we do not meed this here, where you are sharing these valuable tips – thanks for doing this!
    here’s the fine print of the scam:
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  • I’ve been using Diigo for a couple of years now and I did a video tutorial for the Chrome extension that they have featured on the download page. It’s a great tool.

  • Hi Mackay! Very helpful information is provided in interesting way. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Thanks for the great article Corina!

    As developers and webworkers, we’ve been utilizing the ultra-great benefits of Licorize since practically its inception.  We feel it is WELL worth the price, especially as an archive or “idea vault” as Michael Stelzner suggests using in his latest book!

    Thanks for sharing with the incredible user base you have here at SME, I’m sure the team at Licorize is ecstatic!

  • Good one! But I think Diigo is not new one. I have been using it for last 3 years…:)

  • Great stuff! Companies who provide social media marketing service should incorporate it in their plan. These sites have good alexa rank and can send good traffic to your website.

  • René Power

    Pinterest looks particularly novel. Will check it out, thanks for researching and sharing – one blogger to another ;o)

  • Nice collaction information of social media .

  • ashoksharma

    Hey, really beautiful cover up
    Please also cover in the same way. Its really gonna to be a great site

  • wow! excellent bookmarking site! thanks for sharing 🙂

  • corinamackay

    No problem, thanks for reading! I hope you find Pinterest useful… it can be a bit of a timesuck!

  • i used diigo once.. it was pretty neat

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  • Pinterest has indeed been doing rounds on the Internet! This service has garnered lot of attention, and it’s growing at amazing pace! No wonder, you might see it shine like Instagram as well!

  •  Hi there, i know a one more next-get bookmarking site – with some unique features like sites’ slideshow and link addition via address bar. I really like it!

  •  I found these three bookmarking sites are really very important. Thanks alot for sharing with us.

  • I think is the best site for visualize image bookmarking, because i use this site many times.

  • shiva khandelwal

    In my opinion is also a good bookmarking site.

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