In my opinion, there are 3 types of useful bookmarks when surfing the web.
Unfortunately, web browsers only competently support the temporary kind. It’s silly to cram all 3 use cases into this one solution. Luckily, people have created a number of tools to fill in the gaps.
These are the bookmarking tools I use and when.
“I’ll need this in the next 1-3 days”
This is the most common for me. I use Firefox’s standard bookmarking feature for this. Ctrl+D and done.
Long-Term + Archival
“I might need this someday”
I collect some links because they’re useful, or cool, or just something else entirely. I want to hold onto them where I know I can find them later, but don’t want to crowd my “short term memory” of temporary links.
For this, I use Linkace. It submits each link to the archive.org wayback machine for backup if the linked site ever disappears. Tags, lists, and sorting all make this a better option that browser bookmarks.
Plus, you can export your hundreds of links as a browser-compatible .html file anyway.
Startpage + Frequently Visited
“I visit these 3+ times per day”
These I want to have on hand quickly. Think Reddit, HN, YouTube, etc.
I also lump local server tools like Proxmox, analytics dashboards, and self-hosted services into this one.
These links are too permanent to be in the “Temporary” bookmarks bar, but also too general to be filed into a link collection. For this I use my custom startpage: Salient Startpage. This page is a list of links that I load on every new browser tab to quickly access my favorite sites.