Since migrating from the poorly redesigned Delicious bookmarking site to Pinboard.in, I have realised that Pinboard.in is now becoming more important to me in my daily routine and research in work.
The shift in strategy for Delicious from a purely bookmarking site to a social bookmarking site and the new UI to accompany this quickly led me to search and find Pinboard.in. What makes Pinboard.in attractive in its usability and user interface (UI), is its stripped down layout and service:
“Pinboard is a bookmarking website for introverted people in a hurry.
The focus of the site is less on socializing, and more on speed and utility. Pinboard tries to offer useful features without getting in your way.
My highest priority is keeping your data safe over the long term.”
My Pinboard: A snapshot
1,472 Sites Bookmarked
Since moving my bookmarks from Delicious to Pinboard.in and continuing to bookmark everyday, I’ve now realised that I have bookmarked 1,472 articles — yes, 1,472 unique articles that I’ve read, skim-read and thought worthy of future use for research.
My top tag in assigned to articles I’ve read is ‘mobile’ – no surprise there since I work in the mobile industry.
Using Pinboard.in and Google Search for research
So how is that Pinboard.in is competing with a powerful search engine in my day-to-day research in work? Working in the mobile and emerging technologies sector means that I am aware of every new technology, shifts in technological limitations, and strategy from the major technology OEMs I work on/with. The dynamic nature of this industry dictates to me that I must stay ahead of the technological curve to stay relevant in the industry and with my clients.
Due to the fact that every article within Pinboard.in has been selectively inserted by another account/user means that the content I am searching is of a high quality content I find. Articles related to any of the below I find are written by individual blogs that carry more value and unique insights that the major sites may not present. This is the reason why Pinboard.in has become a valued research and news aggregator tool for me — knowing that the content is selectively input by other users and often has a much more unique flavour in insights presented. I know find that I am combining Pinboard.in and Google Search:
- In my research for work;
- Keeping abreast of the latest technology news;
- More generally, looking at random content on the web related to user experience design and best practices, opinions on technology OEMs strategy, usability analysis for websites and mobile apps and sites, mobile development technical limitations and any content related to my industry;
- Being a data junkie, consuming and archiving all content on the web.