the anti-Pinterest bookmarking site
April 15, 2013 9:22 AM   Subscribe the anti-Pinterest bookmarking site
This is a new project I've just released in beta. I was inspired to do it b/c I was getting tired of stale bookmarked links: a lot of useful blog articles disappear and neither nor Google's cache were very helpful. I'm calling it the "anti-Pinterest" because the focus is on preserving text, using a readability-style algorithm to strip away ads and other web page boilerplate. It's still new, and a little rough around the edges, but I'm interesting in hearing what you guys think! If you sign up today, contact me through the form on the site with your username and I'll give you free access for a month.
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posted by dpapathanasiou (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I'm not sure how this is any different than what Pocket, Instapaper and Pinboard (with archiving account) do. Other than that you generate PDFs, which to me is a downside, not a benefit.
posted by philipy at 11:21 AM on April 15, 2013

@philipy: True, but I see the pdf file as a plus b/c on I can access it from any device, it's clear of unnecessary content, and it's guaranteed to be there even if the source site goes offline.
posted by dpapathanasiou at 10:56 AM on April 18, 2013

I dislike PDF files precisely because they are hard to read on mobile devices. And you don't have to spend long reading AskMeFi threads about ereaders, tablets and smartphones to realize I'm not alone in having that issue.

Pocket & Instapaper also remove clutter and keep an archive. And they have nice apps that make reading on any device comfortable. Pinboard doesn't aim to strip clutter, but does a great job of preserving pages and making them findable when you need them, even if the original site goes offline. I could also have thrown in Evernote, it overlaps in various ways.

The main question mark with these sites, but it applies tenfold to yours, is how long they will actually be around to preserve anything.

Do what you will with this feedback, but if I were you I would take these points on board and seriously think about how you're positioning this site, and what you can offer that a) a significant number of people actually want and b) is not already well covered elsewhere.

For example, make something that lets me painlessly keep a well-indexed local archive of stuff from my Pinboard, and I might be interested.
posted by philipy at 11:40 AM on April 18, 2013

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