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Plinky is an app that lets you easily collect and organize links

The internet is full of cool websites, and some of them are so interesting and useful that it’s no wonder people want to save them for future generations. Bookmark managers, note-taking apps, and read-later services like Pocket are great for collecting and organizing links, but the truth is, there are just too many links across too many platforms and apps to keep track of easily.

Former Twitter engineer Joe Fabisevich developed an app called Plinky that aims to solve this problem with a new approach that prioritizes customization.

Available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Silicon Mac, Plinky lets you save links to web pages, apps, videos, images, and even the App Store, neatly tag them, and organize them into different folders. You can customize these labels and folders, and even customize how links appear in the app. Additionally, you can search for links and pin them for easy access.

You can easily set the app as a favorite in the share menu to quickly share links from anywhere (browser, other apps, Messenger). It’s easy to save links with just a few clicks, and I also like saving animations.

Image Source: Plinky
Image Source: Plinky

Fabisevich told TechCrunch that he developed the app because he used to send his fiancée tons of links — tweets, articles, videos and memes. Although she enjoyed the action, she found it distracting and asked him to save some for later. That’s when Fabisevich started working on Plinky.

The founders believe that the ethos of a link saving app should be to make the process easy. He noted that apps like Pocket and Instapaper are great for reading, but with links often containing videos and photos, the apps may not be well-suited for consuming multimedia.

Image Source: Plinky
Image Source: Plinky

Fabisevich has also built extensions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, and integrated with RSS readers Unread, iOS Shortcuts, and Zapier. There’s also an open API that third-party developers can use to build more surface-level integrations.

The free version allows you to save up to 50 links and create up to five tags and three folders. To remove these restrictions, you can pay $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year. Alternatively, you can purchase lifetime access for $159.99.

Image Source: Plinky
Image Source: Plinky

In terms of functionality, Plinky falls short compared to the popular bookmarking app Raindrop, which also offers apps for Android, Mac (Intel), and Windows. Raindrop offers more integrations, and its free tier lets you save as many links and bookmarks as you want. However, Raindrop doesn’t work well with YouTube and App Store links because they open through the in-app browser rather than redirecting you to the native app – Plinky solves this problem better.

Plinky offers a better solution than saving links via a browser bookmark manager, since it’s easier to organize links within the app using folders and tags.

Fabisevich said he already used Raindrop but wanted to build a solution that anyone could use. “In their own words, Raindrop is ‘designed for creatives and built for programmers,'” he said. “While I like this, at the end of the day, very few people will benefit from having a universal links inbox.”

“From the first time you save a link in Plinky, you can see that the app has done its job and is no longer in your way. This is a different approach than Raindrop, which requires you to think about it from the start Classification.”

What’s next for Plinky?

Over the next few months, Fabisevich hopes to build better organization and customization features into the app.

He wants people to be able to easily import links from existing services like Goodlinks, Raindrop and Pocket, where they may already have a library of bookmarks and clippings.

The founders also aim to add secure folders for saving sensitive links, an in-app reading experience, and the ability to add reminders for links you might want to read later. He also hopes to build a native Mac app, since the current one is just an iPad app and is only compatible with MacOS devices running on Apple’s own silicon.

I like that the support section of the app has a list of upcoming features that users can vote on. Features with the most votes will be built first.

Image Source: Plinky

In the long term, Fabisevich hopes to build more personalized workflows to save and prioritize links and provide a better search experience.

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