6+ Visual Bookmarking Sites – Online Bookmarks a la Speed Dial

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What governs efficient browsing is the speed of finding bookmarks, specially the most used ones, and the fastest way to do that is the ability to easily spot what we need. In the case of bookmarks, a snapshot of a website would be the solution, and that’s what triggered the creation of visual bookmarking.

Visual bookmarks are not new, at least for installed applications. The concept of visual bookmarking was first introduced in Opera browser, and it’s adequately called "Speed Dial". Firefox doesn’t yet have this functionality, but if you are a fan like me, you can easily have it by installing an extension such as Speed Dial. Google, on the other hand, recognized the importance of visual bookmarks and had this feature included with the first release of Chrome. They even made it the first thing to see when you load a "New Tab". Visual bookmarks definitely improve the experience of finding the sites you are looking for, and they sure look good.

Today’s roundup is about 6 online services that let you "speed dial" websites by visually displaying your bookmarks in the form of tiled snapshots. The services are similar in essence, and they almost perform the same way; a quick sign up, start bookmarking, screenshots of your bookmarked sites start appearing, organize them in tabs or tags, access them from anywhere, and if you want to share them, the option is there. The bonus site in this roundup is a service that lets you "see the sites" bookmarked on Delicious.

Bonus – Thumblicio.us

Thumblicious – See the Sites. The service displays screenshots of the bookmarked sites on Delicious. You can browse by tag, user, and of course what’s popular.


Final Note

It is worth mentioning that other visual bookmarking services exist such as FFFFound, imgfave, vi.sualize.us, and We Heart It, but they are mainly specialized in bookmarking images or videos rather than entire web pages. This is an indication of how visual bookmarking is becoming the service of choice for accessing, managing, and sharing what interests us on the web; after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.


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  3. Maria
    May 9th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Excellent job!

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention, online bookmarking just became so much fun.

  4. Rodrigo
    May 14th, 2009 at 8:40 am


    I use Favoritus Bookmarks Online, it is my initial page, and I also make a page with icons associate with my links, it is very nice, and more fast.



  5. Liz S
    June 16th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    gclip.me is another one it has an awesome search bar to access your visual bookmarks


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  8. Rodrigo Barba
    December 21st, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Unfortunately none site works with pagination. I have 4.000 bookmarks and them are always displayed in one single page.

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    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I prefer this page – http://www.keyf11.com I highly recommend

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    March 27th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    add http://www.KickMeIn.com to the list. Its a new website, using Ajax & JQuery to deliver a very fast user interface.

  11. Rosie Khan
    May 24th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I am kind of new to social bookmarking but social bookmarks presents great resource when doing research.;”:

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    September 28th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Social bookmarking these days are very common and it is also one way to get backlinks::-

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    December 13th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Nice list of visual bookmarking sites. I love skloog http://skloog.com its really organized.

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    December 22nd, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    social bookmarking has been the trend in the last few years, Facebook really dominated Friendster, Myspace and others ;`-

  18. Steve
    January 15th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Nice to see a list of some of the lesser known visual bookmarking sites.

    Would like to add SMASH Bits to the list.

  19. Christine
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Myfav.es is the best! Check this one out, I am new to social bookmarking but this one is visual, easy to use and I keep it in a permatab with firefox extension.

    To the person above, Tumblr is very unreliable! Maybe try hosting smashbits with another hosting service but it looks like an awesome site as well! Tumblr.com your site is only there when it feels like it!

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    January 20th, 2011 at 3:01 am

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  21. tez
    February 24th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    i enjoy d bkmark on my google chrome,lota 4n u can aces a syt wt 1 klik,got it 2 on my opera mini 5.2,wl try oda bkmark syt tho.but nid 2 knw hw can i change an existn bkmark 2 anoda syt on my opera mini 4 mobile dvice?sombody send help 2 emnix142@yahoo.com. Tnx

  22. Carlos
    April 4th, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I use http://www.linkcloud.org as my start page and my bookmarking service as well. It is great because I can organize my bookmarks visually instead of longs lists of text where I can’t find anything when I really need it..

    On LinkCloud you assign an image for each bookmark you have. It can be a logo, a picture that reminds me of that page, there are no restrictions whatsoever. And you can change the size and position of the images as you want it.

    LinkCloud’s visual links have extra functions such as input fields (for immediate searching in the target sites -> time gain) or rss-feeds.

    Users can share their visual links with other users via a cool feature called LinkStream.

    Of course there is also an import function to get all your browser’s favorites or your bookmarks from other bookmarking services directly to LinkCloud.

  23. Rodrigo Barba
    April 4th, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Since my message here in 2009, I have been using Vi.sualize.us (http://vi.sualize.us/). It bookmark images from the website.

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    April 15th, 2011 at 3:22 am

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    March 10th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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    October 21st, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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