Sites that let you create online bookmarks which can then used from any browser anywhere and shared. These sites fall into two types.
  • Mobile equivalents of del.icio.us, sites where you can create your own personal directory or tag cloud of links. These sites usually default to links being public, viewable by anyone, although most let you mark some or all of your links as private.
  • Sites that use a voting mechanism. These are the mobile equivalent of Digg.com. Links on these sites are always public and users can vote for sites they like or against ones they dislike and can also leave comments.
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Pinboard

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
m.pinboard.in (xhtml-mp)

Pinboard is a good and mobile-friendly bookmarking service.  The site is clean and simple and saving bookmarks is fast. The full Pinboard site at pinboard.in works great in the Android browser and with Opera Mini and Mobile and there's a lighter weight mobile version at m.pinboard.in.

Pinboard's features mirror those of the once popular Delicious.com bookmarking site before it was aquired by AVOS Systems and redesigned. Bookmarks include URL, title, tags and descriptions and can be public or private.  Anyone, Pinboard member or not, can search public bookmarks or browse pages of recent and popular ones.  You can share yours at m.pinboard.in/u:username. To share a single tag use m.pinboard.in/u:username/t:tag

Unlike Delicious, Pinboard is not free.  There's a one time sign up fee, currently $10.09.  The price is determined by the number of users times $.0001.  That's an interesting pricing model. I can grok early adopters getting a better price. On the other hand the every increasing cost to join would seem to discourage growth - or maybe that's the idea.

I created a mobile-optimized Pinboard bookmarklet. You can find and instructions for using it here. It works with all browsers that support bookmarklets including Opera Mini, Opera Mobile, the Android 2.2 and latter browser, Safari, the WebOS browser, the Symbian Browser since S60 3rd ed. FP2, Firefox Mobile and Mobile Internet Explorer 9 and earlier.


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Pinboard Bookmark View Pinboard Edit Bookmark Dialog


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Instapaper

Content: ****  Usability: XXX
www.instapaper.com/ (HTML5)
Instapaper (instapaper.com) is a new bookmarking service that aims to be usable on both the PC and mobile using the same spare site design for both. The idea seems to be that you send web pages to Instapaper using a "Read Later" bookmarklet on the PC and visit them at your leisure with either a mobile or PC browser. Instapaper keeps track of which ones you haven't read yet and lists them first. As Russell Beattie points out, if you bookmark full-web sites with Instapaper they won't be usable in most mobile browsers. The answer, of course is to view Instapaper, and your bookmarks, through Mowser.
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Delicious

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
delicious.com (HTML5)

Social bookmarking site delicious.com uses a responsive design that adapts to different viewport widths on mobile and PCs. It works very well with smartphone browsers and with proxy browsers like Opera Mini, UCWEB and the Nokia S40 browser.


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Notesi

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
www.notesi.com/mobileonlinebookm... (xhtml-mp)

A free service providing secure, private, cloud based storage for your browser bookmarks. Notesi makes your bookmarks available in all your browsers on all your devices.


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PhoneFavs

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phonefavs.com/ (xhtml-mp)

PhoneFavs PhoneFavs wants to be your mobile web home page. The site combines a mobile portal, a search form for all the major search engines, a social bookmarking service, a web to mobile transcoder and a mobile software store. None of the pieces breaks any new ground but together they provide a useful starting point for exploring the mobile web and creating your own custom web portal.

 

To get started there is a directory of around 300 well chosen mobile web site links. You can browse the directory, trying out sites. When you find one you like, you can add it to your personal My Favs directory by clicking the "My" icon that appears next to each listing in the directory. PhoneFavs can also import bookmarks from del.icio.us, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

You can also add sites from your PC web browser using a bookmarklet. Some mobile browsers support bookmarklets as well, including Opera Mobile and Mini, Mobile Internet Explorer and the iPhone's Safari. I've added the PhoneFaves bookmarklet to the Yeswap Opera Mini Bookmarklets page. Visit o.yeswap.com to add the PhoneFavs bookmarklet to your browser.

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Mobilised

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
mobilised.net/ (xhtml-mp)
 MobilisedMobilised (mobilised.net/) is the third new mobile bookmarking site. Mobilised works like :bMarks (or Dig), anyone can browse and search the directory but you need to be registered to submit sites, Vote (the Digg equivalent), Bury or comment. The site's front page, labeled Published lists only sites that have received votes, although strangely they aren't in order of most votes. A link at the bottom of the page, marked Upcoming leads to a much longer list of sites that have been submitted but have not received any votes. There are a few categories and you can filter the results to sites submitted in the last day, week or month. You can also search Mobilised and there's a Tag Cloud. The cloud looks especially nice if your browser supports varying font sizes like the Opera Mini 4 Beta does.

Mobilised is full featured and visually quite attractive in a low key way. But I really don't get some aspects of the way it works. The separation of the Published and Upcoming lists for example. Or the fact that sites are not listed in order of most votes in any of the lists or results. What's the point of voting if it doesn't move the site I vote for up in the listings?
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Foxmarks

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
my.foxmarks.com/mobile/ (xhtml-mp)

Mobile front end to Foxmarks, a popular add-on for Firefox, IE and Safari that keeps your bookmarks in sync across computers and securely backed up in the cloud. On mobile Foxmarks offers web based access to your bookmarks.


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Sync2It

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
www.sync2it.com/mobile/ (xhtml-mp)

Sync2it Mobile

Mobile front end to Sync2It, a cross-browser bookmark synchronizer for Windows. Sync2It is a small Windows application that runs in the backround on your PC to monitor and synchronize your IE bookmarks to the cloud.

Your bookmarks can be synchronized across multiple computers running the Sync2it client and are also available online on a password protected web site and on the Sync2It mobile site. 

The mobile site supports folders and adding new bookmarks directly from the mobile browser.  Although Sync2IT is primarily marketed as a PC product you can also use it as a stand alone mobile bookmarking service.  Sync2It is free for unlimited bookmarks and up to three PCs with paid subscription options supporting more computers and https connections. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory


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Mobleo

Content: ****  Usability: XXXX
mobile.mobleo.net (xhtml-mp)

 Mobleo Bookmark Page Image Social bookmarking using del.icio.us and similar sites is huge on the web and I think it's about to really take off on the mobile web too. Surfing, bookmarking and sharing your bookmarks doesn't require intensive keying, so it works as well on the mobile web as it does on the full web. I'd go so far as to say that social bookmarking has the potential to become as become as big as sharing ringtones and photos.

A great way to do mobile social bookmarking is with the Opera Mini bookmarklets I recently posted about (and which are working again, BTW) but it's not the only way. I've been looking at a new site that takes a server based approach. Putting the bookmarking functionality on the server means you can use any browser - good news for the millions of users (including all Verizon and Alltel customers) whose phones can't run Opera Mini.

The free service, called Mobleo lets you create a directory of your favorite mobile and non-mobile websites. You can setup your bookmarks on the web at mobleo.net and access them from your phone at mobile.mobleo.net. Lots of sites let you do that but what sets Mobleo apart is that you can dispense with the PC and save bookmarks directly from your mobile browser. As you surf the web with Mobleo you are actually going through a transcoding proxy which adds a form to the bottom of every page with an Enter tags field and a Tag Page button. You can instantly bookmark any page you land on. The proxy also transcodes non-mobile websites to a more mobile friendly format. Mobleo's transcoder doesn't resize images but you can tell it not to display them. There is even a link on every page that lets you jump out of the transcoder and view the page in its original format. The whole thing reminds me of a concept Charlie Schick proposed half a year ago in A website, wrapped in a transcoder, inside a browser.

Mobleo's PC site lets manage your bookmarks and fine tune the transcoder. You can delete and rename bookmarks and for each bookmark you can specify whether you want the linked site transcoded or not and whether the transcoded pages should include images.

There's no bookmark management on the mobile site, you can only add bookmarks - you can't delete, rename or change their tags. You can however, register for Mobleo on the mobile site which features the first mobile captcha I've seen. The lack of mobile editing facilities keeps Mobleo from being a service that doesn't require a PC to use to it's fullest. While personal computers are ubiquitous in the US, worldwide mobile browsers outnumber PC's by 10 to 1 and are often a user's only way to access the web. I'd like to see more mobile services that don't require a PC to use their main features.

The thing that keeps me from using Mobleo all the time is that the transcoder can't handle some of my favorite sites. I haven't been able to login to Google Reader or Bloglines using Mobleo and those are the sites where I most often want to bookmark something. When Mobleo can't open a page you still have the option to view the page in its native format although you can't bookmark pages viewed in native format. Sites that don't require a login generally work well. Mobleo is a beta (launched in November) with some beta bugs but it's a great start which will surely improve with time. Writing transcoders that work with any site and browser is obviously very difficult - in my use, even Google's transcoder fails with an error message about 10% of the time.

It doesn't seem possible to search or view other users public links by tag on Mobleo like you can on del.icio.us. Maybe I'm missing something as the About page speaks of sharing your links with "...the Mobleo community" but I can't figure out how to do it. I can only see the tags of friends who have explicitly shared theirs with me - not everyone's public tags. What makes the buzz on a social bookmarking site is the ability to discover what the community is giving it's link love to. Public bookmarks provide a great pool of searchable data that Del.icio.us leverages with their hotlist, what's popular and fresh only filters. I'd like to see Mobleo do something similar.

Even in it's beta state Mobleo is a great mobile bookmark site, you can set up mobile bookmarks on the PC or phone, assign tags to them and share your favorites with friends. The phone GUI is easy to use. Switching from one tag to another on the phone is convenient using a dropdown list at the top of every bookmark page.

Mobleo, which was created entirely by developer, Tom Boilard in his spare time is more attractive and polished than the sites of many well-funded startups. It's a great showcase for the mobile social bookmarking concept.

29-Apr-2013: Site is down.


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