Pinboard Bookmarks

new year’s updates

The Pablo Gómez Basanta has updated the Postalicious plugin for WordPress to include Pinboard. If you have Postalicious installed, check your plugins for the update. If you don’t have it, get it, and be sure to donate.

Why is this update important? I keep a lot of social bookmarks – for myself, for my teaching, and for students to refer to (Don’t laugh. Some do). Over time – and probably under the influence of writing for Tumblr and twitter –  I started to use the notes field when I bookmarked for mini-blogging: A quick comment and a quotation, tailored for an audience, not just for me, and phrased with an attitude. Postalicious handled the aggregation, grabbing the day’s bookmarks and notes from Delicious and posting them to my blog. Advantages: 1) The blog is persistent and lets me consolidate my activity in bookmarking with longer, more synthetic posts. 2) The bookmarking tags transfer to the blog, making it easier to find related stuff. 3) It looks like I’m really active on the blog.

As an aside: It took overcoming an academic mindset to start responding to bookmarks with an attitude. I learned as a grad student to stand back from sources when taking notes on them. I still stand back, but writing notes with an attitude makes the note, and reading the source, more valuable. /aside

To keep things in synch, I had Pinboard set up to mirror my Delicious account. But that meant I had to post to Delicious rather than Pinboard if I wanted my bookmarks to show up on my weblog. I’d rather post to Pinboard. Now I can. Quick work, Pinboard and Postalicious. Thanks.

So, a New Year’s reason to switch from Delicious to Pinboard.


fyi: moved to


Like thousands of others who use social bookmarking and are concerned about the shifting sands beneath delicious, I’m covering my back by migrating my delicious bookmarks to … elsewhere. Lifehacker provides a sound consideration of some alternatives, and search engine land has a list. There are loads of how to accounts on making the move. I went with A one-time payment service, it doesn’t have advertising, and integrates well with delicious. I have tried Diigo and Digg, but both are too noisy for my taste.

I haven’t shut down my delicious account. Instead, I’m still posting to it and letting pinboard farm it and import my new bookmarks every six hours. I’m going to take some time to make a full move. has a plugin that will post recent additions to a WordPress blog, but I haven’t found a Pinboard equivalent for postalicious yet. Give it a few days.

I’m still waiting to see how the social side of pinboard pans out. I rarely cross-searched in delicious to see what others were posting, but I do use recommended tags to calibrate my tags, and I pay visits to a few friends and colleagues to see what they are posting. The social side I tend to use in bookmarking is sharing among a community outside the delicious site, using delicious as a findable and visible (not to mention cross-device) repository. I’m not sure I need much internal pinboard sharing as long as I can tag sources and point others to them.

Have a visit: Pinboard: bookmarks for mcmorgan