Ode to Pinboard

I’ve been using Pinboard a lot the last few weeks.

For the uninitiated, Pinboard’s a service whereby you can save things you find online for future reference. You can bookmark stuff -- be it tweets, webpages, whatever -- so you don’t forget them. In essence, Pinboard’s an archival service. A damn handy service. It’s not free to join: $9.93 for the basic subscription, and there’s a $25/year option available that nets you full-blown archiving with search. For the time being, I’m on the basic plan but I can see myself upgrading to the larger plan later on.

My impetus for signing up for Pinboard was the release of Pinbook, a Pinboard client for the iPhone. After reading Federico Viticci’s positive review of the app on MacStories, I decided to pay my $5 and download it. I haven’t been disappointed; Pinbook is terrific. As Viticci says, Pinbook is fast, easy to use, and responsive. And like Viticci, I’d love an iPad version.

(As an aside, I find it telling that an app can so often be the difference in my actively using a service. Tweetbot for Twitter, Reeder for RSS, and now, Pinbook for Pinboard. If the app is great, the greater the accessibility I have to said service, which in turn makes me want to use the service more.)

To me, Pinboard is to link later what Instapaper is to reading later. Which is to say, I use Pinboard as a temporary dumping ground for things I want to link to on this site. Case in point: I have a couple things saved right now that I plan to link to on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, respectively. Pinboard is really great in this context because it helps me keep track of what I want to post, without me always having to remember (as I did pre-Pinboard) of what I wanted to write about. Most importantly, though, Pinboard keeps track of where links are on the Web so I don’t have to go searching anymore.

Every time I use Pinboard, I wonder how I ever survived without it. It’s awesome.