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Google may be about to ditch bookmarks and take on Pocket with Google Stars

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Google may be about to ditch bookmarks and take on Pocket with Google Stars
Google always has a number of projects in the works at any given time, and many of the projects are looking at ways to evolve existing products. One feature that many of us use that is in dire need of an overhaul is bookmarks, and new info is showing off what Google hopes is the next evolution of bookmarks, called Google Stars.

There have been rumors about Google Stars churning for a few weeks now, though the project was originally called Google Collections. The info that is out (including the video below) are all showing what the system will look like in a desktop browser, but this is obviously a product that is
Google may be about to ditch bookmarks and take on Pocket with Google Stars
being designed with mobile in mind. Bookmarks have been something of an antiquated feature for a while now, but with the rise of mobile, apps like Pocket and Evernote have begun shifting people away from bookmarks, which is the act of collecting and organizing links, and more towards the idea of collecting and organizing content. This also seems like the plan behind Google Stars. 

It would be an expansion of what happens when you tap the star icon in Chrome. Rather than just saving the link, Google Stars would automatically generate tags for the content and organize it, so you can "discover patterns" in your content. You would be able to organize content yourself using folders, share content with others, and of course there will be Google Search integration. But, this doesn't just mean you can search for a link you saved. The entire webpage that you starred will be searchable. Everything you save will be monitored by Google, so if a link goes dead or suddenly becomes a repository for spam, the page will automatically be archived, so your information isn't compromised. There will also be options to attach notes to saved content, likely to help with both organization and search. 

All of the info so far has come from +Florian Kiersch, who has been dogfooding the product; and as mentioned, all of the info is based on a desktop web interface. Florian mentioned that there is a mobile interface, but it is more of a "mockup" right now. Still, it's clear to see the mobile influence on this project. More and more, users are finding content on smartphones, but because of the way we use mobile devices in short bursts, it has become more important to have a good way to collect content for later. This has led to apps like Pocket, Instapaper, Evernote, Pinterest, and plenty more. So, while Google Stars is starting on the web, there is little doubt it will come to mobile soon enough. 


source: +Florian Kiersch 1, 2, 3 via Android Police

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posted on 07 May 2014, 11:29 5

1. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


"Everything you save will be monitored by Google" I really hope Google tries to convince us security is worth sacrificing for comfort.

posted on 07 May 2014, 13:49 2

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3024; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Google doesn't even try very hard any more to come up with good lies on how some invasive data grab is really for an individual's good.

posted on 07 May 2014, 12:09 2

2. seanwhat (Posts: 120; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


yeah screw this, bookmarks are fine the way they are. google have been riding the change for the sake of change bandwagon for a while now and it's getting annoying.

posted on 07 May 2014, 12:17 3

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1385; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I have Pocket on my phone, tablet and PC. I gotta say that I don't really use it at all. Bookmarks might be old-fashioned, but "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

posted on 07 May 2014, 12:37

4. buccob (Posts: 1427; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well in my case, I have pocket in my notebook and phone, and use it to read articles I've save when on Wi-Fi, after my data plan has reached its limit.

posted on 07 May 2014, 18:05 1

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 933; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


"...so you can discover 'patterns' in your content..." Uh, right, it's only to benefit the user. Makes sense, coming from a company that only cares about selling more ads based on your data. It's Apple's "Reading List" with a side of data mining.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:11

7. jroc74 (Posts: 4733; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"It would be an expansion of what happens when you tap the star icon in Chrome. Rather than just saving the link, Google Stars would automatically generate tags for the content and organize it, so you can "discover patterns" in your content."

Since this exactly how I use Google bookmarks....I dont see what all the fuss is about....

Only difference is I have to make the tags myself. I would probably still wanna do some tags myself, depending on whats auto generated...

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