It is difficult to imagine a world in which bookmarks did not exist. Without them we would have to resort to memorizing the URLs of countless websites or individual pages and type them out in full every time we wanted to visit the site in question.
Being able to save quick links to frequently visited sites is a great time saver, and it’s something that we take for granted. It would be easy to dismiss the humble bookmark, but they’re something we use on a daily basis. Listango has been designed to make them even more useful by offering a number of helpful additional features.
At its most basic, Listango is a simple online service that enables you to store your bookmarks in a cloud-based account so they can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.
While the bookmark syncing option that is found in many web browsers is useful, there are occasions when it is simply not up to the task. If you’re using a computer in a library or another machine on which you may be restricted in the software you have available and what you can do with it, being able to log into your Listango account and access your bookmarked sites is seriously handy.
You can sign up for a free account using existing Facebook credentials or you can choose a new username and password. Once your account has been created you’re given simple instructions about how to get started, but it’s all fairly self-explanatory anyway.
The initial setup is really a two-step process, starting with ensuring that you’ve got the necessary bookmarklet installed in your browser toolbar so you can create new bookmarks with a click.
You’ve not doubt got a large number of bookmarks saved in whichever web browser you have adopted as your internet vehicle of choice. Sadly, there is no option to import your existing list of favorites so prepare yourself to start from scratch.
Thankfully, saving new bookmarks to your online account is an absolute breeze. Hit the bookmarklet you’ve added and a popup window appears that can be used to add a bookmark to an existing list – Listango’s take on organizational folders – or create new ones on the fly.
When you want to access your bookmarks you just need to log into your Listango account and you can browse through your favorites – there’s also a search option available. When you click a link, it will open in a new tab so you’ll always have access to your bookmarks without having to think about navigating back and forth.
Share and Share Alike
By default, and somewhat strangely, all of the pages you choose to bookmarks are made publically available. This means that anyone can visit your account page and access the links that you have saved.
But not all of your bookmarks have to be public. You can create folders of links that can only be accessed by you – you just have to remember to configure one or more folders to be private; this just requires you to tap the padlock icon within a folder.
Conversely, there is the option to explicitly share individual links or folder of links. This can be achieved by sending an email linking to a particular public folder, or sharing via Twitter or Facebook.
There are various other ways in which you might decide to manage your bookmarks. If all you are looking for is a way of ensure that your bookmarks are available on each of the machines you own, you may not have to do anything other than making sure you’re using a browser that offers syncing – which is most of them these days.
But if you want to get a little more creative with your list of favorite websites, sharing them with other people or perhaps accessing them on mobile devices, you may have to look elsewhere. Web based services such as a Delicious, which rose from the ashes, and Pinboard are popular, and these are the tools that Listango is directly competing with.
Both these services are arguably more feature rich than Listango, but this does not necessarily mean that they are better. One of Listango’s key strengths is its simplicity; there is no bloat here, just the features you are going to need.
Despite its initially unimpressive homepage, Listango does not disappoint.
The fact that there is a dedicated iOS app available – something that cannot be said for Delicious or Pinboard, although some third party app and workarounds are available – is great for anyone who owns an Apple device. There is no Android app at the moment.
The lack of import, however, is a serious oversight. You could view this as an opportunity to work through your bookmarks and only save those that you are going to be using in the future, but you could still find that it takes a very long time to build up a list of favorite sites in Listango.
If you’re looking for an everyday, no-frills bookmarking tool, Listango is perfect – just don’t expect too much of it.