43Marks

43marks startpage
Typical 43Marks startpage

The creators of 43marks call it the ‘Ultimate Homepage.’ It’s quite a claim to stake. When you really look at what’s behind this claim, you see it’s a customizable homepage with a search bar, bookmarks, and RSS feeds. Once you log in, which is a painless process even though you can’t use any of your social accounts, you’ll get a grid where you can manage lists of your bookmarks. That’s basically it. Is it enough to convince us it’s ‘the ultimate one’?

Performance

It loads fast enough because it’s completely text-based. No logo or icon insight. Naomi Klein would be proud.

Features

  • Basic bookmarking features are available.
  • RSS feed widgets and search bar seem broken.
  • Free to use.
  • Easy sharing of bookmarks by page URL.

You can access the site with any online browser, including a smartphone’s. It’s not responsive, though. What is broken remains broken.

Advantages of 43marks.com

Easy to log in. You can make lists of your favorite bookmarks. Some of them are already available. It’s fast and dirty. The technique seems a reliable javascript from the nineties.

Problems

The product seems abandoned. The business model is not clear. What happens when the entire site goes offline? It only seems a matter of time.

Final verdict

Don’t waste your time on this one. Still, if you want to return to the early days of the Internet, go right ahead. This site is a remnant of the days before CSS. Especially useful when feeling nostalgic!

Myfav.es

A little impression of a Myfav.es homepage

Now this is a simple version of the good old bookmark manager: Myfav.es. What I really like about this version is the simple homepage you get. Once you build it, you’re good to go. You can’t use it to bookmark sites when you’re surfing, so it’s really built as a launchpad. You can only add sites from their catalogue, so if you can’t find the site you’re looking for, you have to ask the good people at Myfav.es to add it. This seems kind of limiting to me, not to mention time-consuming. Still, if you’re looking for a fast page to start from, this might be your thing.

Performance of Myfav.es

This site does perform well. It loads fast, and you don’t even have to take my word on it. Google agrees. Still, since there is not much interaction possible, I didn’t expect any trouble here.

Main features Myfav.es

  • Fast interface
  • Simple, uncluttered design
  • Many sites to choose from
  • In the onboarding process, you get to choose from top sites in many categories
  • Options to display or disable search bar
  • Some background images possible
  • Choose your own icons
  • Styling of the preferences section feels outdated

Compatibility

You can access the site from any device, though it’s not really designed for a small screen. After you’ve set up your pages, they are easily clickable.

Pricing

There are no mentions of prices anywhere, which makes you wonder what’s going on here. Who’s paying for this service? In the privacy policy, they state: ‘This is free, harmless and fun, but here is a privacy policy that we found on Google, if it makes you feel better.’ Well, I’m afraid they should do better than this before I entrust them with my most personal surfing data.