Are bookmarks dead?

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Firstly, I just want to say that I am not some weird collector of physical bookmarks; in fact, thinking about it, in the book I’m reading right now I think I’m marking the page with a receipt from Denny’s, or wherever I was when I was last reading it.

I can’t remember when I last had a real bookmark.

Anyway, I digress.

Like many, I have hundreds of browser bookmarks, not so carefully, in fact, promiscuously added over the course of years to the point where, when I was having a quick look through the other day, I actually had no idea why about fifty percent of them were even there.

Since I’ve recently started using Shiira as my main browser, I can easily view all my other browser bookmarks from one drawer on the side of the window, and so I thought it was about time to start clearing the whole thing out.

I’m currently about ten percent done and I have to say that a good percentage are now for dead sites, some have moved and the link I have now tells me of places a few thousand miles away where I can buy a cheap car.

In all seriousness, some of these sites have been dead for years. Where the hell was I? Probably asleep. Anyway, I know some browsers tell you when you last accessed a site, but that’s just not enough for someone like me who drifts around the internet like a drunk cheetah on the Serengeti. I need an active browser to tell me useful things about my link collection. Even a random quip generator might help:

“Hey, did you know you haven’t checked XXXXX blog for two years?? Ha ha – what a loser!”
“Quit staggering around the Serengeti and go and check out the update on this site:”

Or something like that.

How can I keep an up to date list of useful links?

I’m slowly updating them where they’ve moved, but increasingly I’m wondering if I should bother. They’re usually in my recent history, or on my del.icio.us page or hell, easily searchable on Google. I was wondering how I do track sites, and the answer for most is via RSS in NetNewsWire.

Really, are bookmarks as we grew up with them in Netscape 1.0 dead?