Think of them as a little bit of Facebook, iGoogle, Stumbleupon, Pinterest and Evernote. The good news? They are Free and will always be Free to use fully.
Openoox is simple yet powerful way to organize and share your bookmarks in a well designed layout by showing you the url, notes and an image of the website.
Openoox does 3 things well:
You can bookmark and organize websites.
You can use it to Discover new websites in any topic.
You can connect with people and share your folders across Social Media.
It’s Bookmarking and Organizing
Your home page is where you manage and organize your web. You can see the bookmarks you have or you can use any of your favorite search engines to find new websites you can save to Openoox.
They also have a bookmarklet for Chrome and Firefox to make saving new websites to Openoox easier and faster when you using your favorite browser.
Once you have your websites saved into an “Oox” you can edit it, categorize it and save it how you choose.
To make it even easier for you to find great websites in interests you like, you can go into the store where you can see the trending and top websites from other users that you can then save to your folders to visit later.
Or you can drag an “oox” folder to the “genius” image and he will direct you to the top websites that have been bookmarked in Openoox that fit the topic of your oox folder.
A third way to find websites in a topic you like is to do a search for a topic and find the top user in that topic.
example: you can search “gardening” and a list of users that fit that will pop up by popularity. So you know the top people on the list are the “experts” in gardening.
Think of it as a powerful research tool, if you are looking for information on a topic and instead of going to Google hoping to find websites that fit and are helpful.
You can jump on Openoox and see what “other” people have saved as websites they feel are great. This will easily cut your research time in half.
Plus you will now have people you can talk to and collaborate with if you need extra help.
One added feature that they will be releasing this month is “sub folders”.
With the gardening example above, you can set a sub folder in your gardening oox for say “tomatoes” so you can now segment your folders easily.
It’s Social and Easily Shared
The cool thing about Openoox is it social. Meaning similar to Stumbleupon, where you can find people with the same interests as you and you can then share your “oox” folders with them or grab a folder of there’s and add it to your homepage.
Plus Openoox makes it really easy to share your oox and folders thru email and across social media and with friends, family and coworkers.
Knowing some things should not be shared, you can also keep certain folders “oox” private and give them password access.
This is great for team collaboration, making it easy and safe to share new websites you want your team to see but NOT everyone else to see.
You can also “age” protect a oox folder for say 18 and older.
example: You and your family use Openoox and sometimes you want to share things that you ONLY want your wife to see, you cna easily set the age range “above” your kids ages, that way your kids won’t be able to get access to that folder.
The Wrap Up
As you can see Openoox is a great tool, even if you only use it to bookmark websites. Either way, it is a FREE service and well worth taking a look.
Before I go, let me share how I’ve been using it.
I am redesigning my blog, this blog. So I have setup my “oox” to be private for me and my web designer to see. Since I am in research and design phase, I see things I like online all the time.
I simply add them to my oox folder and each time I do that, my designer is notified that the folder has been updated and he then goes in and sees my bookmark and the message I left with that bookmark.
It has saved us a lot of time, so for me, it is working really well.
Just wanted to give you one idea of how it can be used.