Hide Your Bookmarks with Link Spaces

One of the many problems with keeping your bookmarks in your browser is the inability to hide some of those bookmarks from people looking over your shoulder. Online bookmarking services have pretty much neglected the need for hiding bookmarks that users just don’t want displayed as they browse through their stuff.

This why I came up with the concept of “Link Spaces.” I wanted to give users the ability to completely separate some of their links from others, so sensitive links wouldn’t automatically display as they browse through their bookmarks. I use LinqBox for work and I may have videos bookmarked that I would not want to show up as I use the site at work, especially since video bookmarks are automatically embedded on the page.

Each LinqBox account now comes with two link spaces, the primary link space, and a secondary one. When you bookmark a site or a video, you choose which link space to save it to. When you log in, you are automatically logged into your primary link space. Any bookmarks saved in your secondary link space are not displayed. A number icon at the top of the page lets you know which link space you are logged into. To view the bookmarks that were saved in your secondary link space, you can go to the settings link on the menu and choose “Switch link space…” You will be asked to re-enter your password.


Bookmark Hiding With Link Spaces

When you are bookmarking a page from the bookmarklet popup, at the top you will see the link space that you are logged into. To switch, just click on the ‘Switch’ link, and enter your password. The popup will be refreshed, and you will be able to save the bookmark in that link space.

Bookmark Hiding

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Share Your Bookmarks With a Public URL

You can now share your boards and notes with others with a public URL within Linqbox.com.

To get the URL of you boards, just click on the ‘new window’ icon next to the board name, on your bookmarks page. That will take you to that board’s page.

Bookmark Board New Window

Here’s a demo board page: https://www.linqbox.com/board/MzUz/.  Note that the board page is completely independent. There is no way for visitors to see who owns it. People you share a board with will not have the ability to see which other boards you own. This is a big difference between LinqBox and other bookmarking sites that believe people want to share all their bookmarks with the world. This gives you the flexibility to share only what you wish to share.

Notes also have their own public URL. Of course, this URL only works if the note is public or if you are the owner of it and are logged in. Here’s a sample: https://www.linqbox.com/note/MzEw/.  From the note page, visitors can go to the bookmark board(s) that the note belongs to.

Bookmark Note Demo


Bookmarking, Features

LinqBox Introduction Video

I created this video as a quick introduction to the ease with which you can save and organize your bookmarks with the LinqBox bookmark manager.


Bookmarking Videos The Fun Way

YouTube Video Bookmark

What fun is it to bookmark videos if you can’t play them from your bookmark manager? LinqBox now supports the embedding of bookmarked YouTube videos. This means that when you bookmark a YouTube video, that video will be automatically embedded in your bookmarks page, allowing you to see its preview, and play it without ever having to leave your LinqBox page.

Support for other video sites will be continually added. Enjoy!

Bookmarking, Features

What Social Bookmarking Entrepreneurs Are Doing Wrong

Social bookmarking, the act of bookmarking links on the web and sharing those links with others, has never really taken off, at least not to the extent that other social networking services have. Delicious, the most well-known of these sites, has been sold three times since its founding in 2003. YouTube founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who had bought the site from Yahoo in 2011, just sold it to Science Inc. in May 2014.

Social bookmarking still remains a niche market. Delicious currently only has about 2 million active users after 10 years. Pinboard, a successful, paid bookmarking service has about 20,000 active users according to its founder, Maciej Ceglowski.

Many other sites have come and gone. Zootool, a more visual bookmarking site recently shut down after 6 years. It had, I believe, about 150,000 users. It seems many know how to start a bookmarking site, but few understand what it takes to turn it into an actual business. More >>

Social Bookmarking

The Problem With Delicious, Facebook and Twitter’s ‘Follow’ Feature

When I first decided to create LinqBox, I was excited about the idea of creating both something that I can actually be a user of, and something that can be valuable regardless of how many other users use the service. Dating sites, social networks, are only truly valuable to users if there are a significant number of other users on the site.

I wanted to create a simple online bookmark manager where users can save and access their links from anywhere. If you are someone who hates having to find that very informative article you saw a while ago, or that very funny video, and wish you had just saved it somewhere other than your browser at work, this is a useful service regardless of whether or not your friends think so.

But I also saw the benefit of being able to share those sites that I found important enough to bookmark, with friends. But doesn’t the bookmarking service Delicious do this already? Besides having a really, really stupid name, there is a serious problem with Delicious’ follow feature, and it’s the same problem Facebook and Twitter have. More >>

Social Bookmarking