Bookmarks in Obsidian
For a while, I tried to utilize Twitter’s bookmark feature to save interesting links, helpful tidbits, and whatnot. I quickly realized that it was almost impossible to go back and find what I had saved. Around the time I started looking for other options, I was also diving deeper into Obsidian. After some fights with Shortcuts on iOS, and creating my own Obsidian plugin, I now have a quick way to add tweets and other links to notes in Obsidian from the iOS share sheet.
The shortcut gets the url, asks for a note, wraps it in a markdown link, and prepends it to the appropriate file. The shortcut does some other things like look in my bookmarks folder and present me with a list of files to insert the link into1. It can also create a new file if I want to start saving links related to a new topic.
With the links now in Obsidian, I can use the search to easily find them again. One downside, since I’m not saving the actual content of the links, search is dependent on the notes I attach. I’m not always great at coming up with good notes…so I also wanted a way to easily scan through my links. That’s why I made the Simple Embeds plugin. It automatically replaces supported links—like Twitter and YouTube—with embeds instead. This way, when my laziness fails me, I can quickly scroll through my bookmark notes and see the actual tweet or video.
So that’s my bookmarking system with Shortcuts and Obsidian. Works pretty well for me.