Bookmarks in the browser don’t seem to have continued since then, well, since bookmarks have become something in browsers. Much of the reason people have so many open browser tabs is that bookmarks are such an inefficient way to store things we want to get back on the Internet.
Then the next day I came across something that marked the productivity and usability gains I had been waiting for all these years.
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BrainTool is a Google Chrome plug-in that combines tagging with note-taking and adds tag scattering to give you a new look at storing web links for future reference.
At the heart of the tool is a sidebar, which is essentially a nested list of bookmarks, below each of which are the links you choose to save, along with some text. The sidebar allows you to move, edit, open, and delete records, and allows you to quickly build storage from places you visit ̵
All data is stored on your Google Drive (a Google account is required) and is not sent anywhere else.
It’s all between you and your Google Drive.
The file, which is stored in plain text on your Google Drive, can be edited independently, archived, or shared if you wish. It’s a nice touch. In an age where everything relies on third-party servers, it’s nice that this project has chosen to keep everything as part of your Google Account.
I have to be honest, for a project that looks new (the extension has version number 0.5.1), it’s really nice. As with anything, it takes some getting used to (partly because we’re used to just opening tons of tabs and wondering why everything feels slow), but it’s very nice, very fresh, take notes. There are also videos that take you through BrainTool and I recommend you watch them because it’s faster to learn this way than to get confused (as I did).
I really like BrainTool. The rather simple interface may not be for everyone, but behind this simplicity lies a lot of power.