HN: the negativity in this thread should be embarrassing.
You think the name will turn people off? Who cares. It's not your product, and no one is polling you for your opinion.
You think it's another bookmark synchronization tool? So what. Everything is just another something.
You think there is zero info on the homepage? Wrong. Theres a video that tells you exactly what the product offers in under a minute.
You think that 95% of the time went into the video? You have no support for this claim. It's a beta anyway.
None of these comments are constructive and it seems to me that they are only offered as a way for the poster to satisfy some self-aggrandizing superiority complex. Keep that garbage on reddit.
OP, don't let these comments discourage you. You may be onto something here.
and a single sentence would have taken 5 seconds. the video is extremely light on content, not even screenshots, but cartoonish nonsense.
(I actually use Pocket for things I want to check on later... everything in Pocket also gets added to Pinboard)
Tag line: "Thumbprick: A Better way to bookmark"
Yet. The problems addressed aren't the problems I have.
I'm wondering what kind of UX research was done putting this together. To me it looks like the research was hyper-focused, and didn't give the subjects enough scope to ask questions or bend the research away from optimization of kinetics and ask about their deeper goals, and this has inflected the goals of the product itself. I think this happens often in UX research, as well as psychology and sociology. (The three are related.)
For example. "Subject files bookmarks 0.5% faster" is not an interesting goal, but it is very easy to measure, which is why UX research often degenerates into wild local minima chases.
It feels good to get technical on a problem with a nice clean metric, it feels disciplined to value gains measured in a single percent or less. It feels like progress. But it can be little more than a distraction if there are bigger gains left on the table; worthy goals passed over because of the difficulty characterizing them and hence of evaluating the outcome of an attempt to achieve them.
To me, this is a shining example of how you can do everything right and still get it not quite right. That's the sort of thing that tells you your theory of how something works (UX innovation, in this case) can come apart from practice.
We sense this as an absence of insight, like the creator of the software didn't quite understand how we want to be with it.
That said, thumbprick shows promise, and insight is overrated. This is a near miss that could easily become a hit, check back soon.
It looks good, though. I'll check it out shortly.
Any idea when beta invites might start going out? Chomping at the bit to give it a try!
EDIT: Just saw the invite code below - thanks!
Seems quite similar to the Tab Groups feature in Firefox. Is it the reason Firefox is not supported yet?
Could you point out the pros of Thumbprick, compared to Firefox Tab Groups?
But yes, at LEAST show the tagline prominently on the page, and preferably have an elevator pitch right there too. You have 2 seconds to tell people what you do and why they should care. Don't waste it with "Here's a video, we're in beta, invite only, have a good day!"
I gave the front page a 2 sec scan and then you lost me.
PS: As a T2 diabetic, the site/product name had me half expecting to be visiting a site for managing blood glucose records.
Not sure i wan't to exchange my private bookmark collection with a cloud i know nothing about, without any privacy terms or even company information.
That said, I really like the presentation and Thumbprick seems like a nice idea. I just don't see the need right now. Anything that is more important than what I use OneTab for, I store in Notational Velocity.
Maybe look into OneTab for some extra inspiration?
Also, I would love a way to easily delete or move multiple links at once.
- I cannot log in trough the extensions (on website it works fine)
- Font rendering of Chrome on windows is really crummy for custom fonts. Bug . You can fix it by doing some custom font-face config  Screenshot  (Check the "C" contour)
- You are missing side padding on your input elements, and it is driving me nuts.
That being said, the ONE feature I want from a "better bookmark manager" is some sort of natural language processing feature. I want the manager to scan the page in question, add the relevant tags, and categorize it AUTOMATICALLY. This is the one killer feature that would actually get me to pay real money to support the product.
All of these alternate bookmark managers seem to only be unique in the UI, not in the backend. Syncing across multiple-browsers is commonplace, and nowadays a given. Give me something to really make my life easier, such as automatic categorization.
I want this because I have upwards of 200-500 bookmarks at any given moment that are not categorized. The all sit in one giant list. I like to hit Ctrl-D and save. Later, when I get the time, usually on weekends, I'll try to go through the list and categorize and add tags. I like the way Chrome and Firefox's interface for bookmarks work, I don't want to change them. I would like however an end to the tedium of actually figuring out where a particular URL sits in my mind-map.