We have been handed a double-edged sword when it comes to feed reading technology, but while that has its own problems, we need to find ways to save the content those great pieces of content we find on the web. Whether you use the bookmarking feature within your browser or a web-based service, you should still consider the alternatives available.
The Bookmarking Tools
ScrapBook is not your conventional bookmarking tool. As a matter of fact, I would suggest several other tools for simple bookmarking tasks, but there is one reason why ScrapBook is very impressive—it allows you to capture and save entire webpages with ease. If you are asking yourself why you might want to save a webpage, you might want to pass on ScrapBook, but if you have ever had some content on a site you wanted to save locally, ScrapBook is a real winner.
Zotero is a great tool developed for the scholars of the world, and can be valuable tool for any blogger that learns how to utilize it. Acting more like an intricate digital library for storing information, Zotero allows its users the ability to store webpages, media, links, and other documents, and the best thing is that they can all be labeled in a folder and/or tagging system. The only issue with Zotero is the fact that your information is not saved on a server, so be sure to create suitable backups.
Delicious is the premiere social bookmarking service developed currently owned by Yahoo! It simply is one of the best straight up bookmarking tools that I have been able to find so far. However, it is after you install the Delicious Firefox extension when things really start getting interesting. I am only surprised that there hasn’t been any serious competition to Delicious thus far.
Firefox 3 makes a great move with the built-in bookmarking functionality by giving users the ability to use tagging. This is far more superior to the bookmarking functionality available in Firefox 2. One of my favorite features is the ability to find the site you are looking for by typing in the name, description, or an associated tag of any site. All very handy features, but unfortunately, your bookmarks are always at risk. This brings me to my last option.
FoxMarks compliments the built-in bookmarking feature of Firefox by storing them on a server. This means that those of you who are a bit paranoid (and for good reason) about losing your bookmarks can always have a backup online. FoxMarks also has another benefit, and that is the ability to access these bookmarks on multiple computers through the FoxMarks extension or the website.
Save It or Lose It
There is a lot of crap on the web, so the stuff that really stands out needs to be saved. You just never know when you might want to refer back to some content, but might have lost the link to only never find it again. Be prepared, and be sure to make use of these tools that will help you keep track of great and important content.