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I don't want to have 3,000 tabs open anymore. How do you all do it?

I'm SWAMPED by interesting articles, insights and fun things on the internet, and it's a great problem to have! However, since I can't spend my entire day reading something each time it comes along - I need a good way to (1) catalog my to-read list, (2) remember to read it (3) mark it as read and (4) keep it somewhere after I've read it in a category or bucket of some sort. What are some ways you're solving this problem?
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    Toby

    Better Than Bookmarks

    Jay Weiler
    Jay WeilerData Scientist · Edited
    I used to use OneTab, which is pretty great for its simplicity, but nothing beats Toby's organizational features if you're a tab power user ;) Plus it looks great!
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    I also like Toby, and even switched from OneTab to Toby because of Toby's superior ability to save and sync tabs (where I was having to manually save my OneTab sessions previously). That said, I also really like and use the Followup.cc Chrome extension which allows me to just set a reminder for a tab on a specific date and just close it, and Followup.cc will send me an email on that date with the referenced page.
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    Alan Khanukaev
    Alan KhanukaevStrategic Planner · Written
    +1 for Toby. Really well done, works great, and syncs between browsers
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    • Michael Babich
      Michael BabichEntrepreneur, hacker, and traveler.

      Downloaded. Couldn't even try it stopped by request to register account. If every minor Chrome extension would require registration for usage, it would be nightmare. There are OneTab that does similar job very good with no need to provide an email.

      This one looks like hustling to get your contacts and spam you.

    • Hannah K Zambrano
      Hannah K ZambranoSenior Executive, Mindvalley

      Downloaded the product, looks great and perfect for a big problem I have had for years with bookmarks and then later realized that my brownser home page had change to toby?!?! what?? not cool. If you will change a setting in my browser you HAVE to let me know, and if you did let me know then it was not clear AT ALL.

  2. 141
    The Great Suspender

    Auto-suspend inactive tabs to reduce memory usage of chrome

    Elisa Vazquez
    Elisa VazquezSocial Media Nerd · Written
    This plugin has saved my life. I have 15-30 tabs open for work on the daily and I recommend it to people often. I suspend tabs when I need to move on to a new project or step away from a project as well as when I need to take a break.
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    Melissa Monte
    Melissa MonteDirector of Media & Startup Growth · Written
    This is great in combination with OneTab
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    Having less tabs is the overall objective and the aforementioned products will definitely help you. However, as a heavy Chrome user with serious "infotention" issues I would also recommend "The Great Suspender". This nifty Chrome extension will reduce Chrome's memory footprint by automatically suspending tabs you haven't visited in a while.
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    • Sergio Ravelo
      Sergio Ravelobringing innovation to nonprofits

      Initially I thought my Mac would be able to function better while maintaining ALL of my tabs open but makes sense that if you I close a few my memory functionality increases.

    • Harshita Arora
      Harshita AroraFounder @Harshita Apps

      I love The Great Suspender! Has made me a whole lot more productive!

  3. 133
    OneTab

    Save 95% memory by converting all your open tabs into a list

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan Hoover82Founder, Product Hunt · Written
    OneTab is like an eject button for tab chaos. Click the button and it will collapse all your tabs into a single page list.
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    Thomas Knoll
    Thomas KnollCOO @ Revelry.co · Written
    You *say* that you want to catalog everything, make sure you read it, file it away special, and never lose track of anything. I usually want to believe the same thing too. In reality, there is just too much and it isn't useful. So, now I just let the cream float to the top, and know that I can get back to anything I thought I wanted at some point, by constantly collapsing all of my tabs into OneTab. Yes, I still use Pocket for some stuff, and evernote for other things. But my constant day to day companion is OneTab.
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    Vikas Jha
    Vikas JhaDigital Entrepreneur & Ex- VC · Written
    And easy to go through that list than go through your history
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    • M Dorsett
      M DorsettWriter on the hunt 24/7

      I wish that I could create groups of tabs. If I have a group of tabs that are all related to one subject, I want to group them together within the onetab list.

    • Vedran Rasic
      Vedran RasicCreator @ autoklose.com | myautoshop.net

      I used is for well over 1y and it's OneTab that I always keep opened. Whenever I let loose browsing and I know I have to get back to my focus - right click and move to one-tab for later. Thanks OT team for making this amazing tool.

  4. I think this question was more asking about saving interesting reads than managing tabs, which is why I want to recommend Pocket, my favorite app of all time. It let's you save articles for offline viewing from anywhere (email, social media, news apps, web—yes, there are browser extensions), add tags to categorize them, and read them on your computer/phone/tablet later. It's great to have an offline source of interesting reads that I've saved throughout the day, and whenever I'm bored/standing in line/on the train I pull out Pocket. Plus its great b/c I essentially have a catalogue of every single article I've ever read which has come in handy many a time. Highly recommend!
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    Magda Werminska
    Magda WerminskaWorks at @Futuramo · Written
    I can't do without the Pocket app. It's fairly simple yet very handy and has all the essential features I need. Just one click, and the page goes to your Pocket - a safe place to store all the articles you want to read later. It allows offline viewing from any device, so very often I read the articles on the go. Works for me :)
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    seko
    sekoSoftware Developer, Sleepy Bug Studio · Written
    Best way to make a reading list on all your devices. I've been using it for some time now and it really keeps things in order and accessible.
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  5. Vinit Agrawal
    Vinit Agrawal13Co-Founder at Tars (HelloTars.com) · Edited
    I've been using this for a while. What I realized about my behavior is that I don't want to miss reading anything that I think might be useful. Whether I am able to achieve that is different story. In any case, this little chrome extension helps me keep track of everything that I have opened in my browser, EVER. Which are exactly all the things that I think might be useful. I will read that PDF from 2008 someday. PS: Of course, the flip side of this is that you don't open that many tabs. You develop a skill where you rely on your intuition to locate the one page, and exactly one page, that you think will help you most at this moment to understand a given topic. And you are going to open any other page, only when you have fully read that page, and now have a better understanding of the subject and hence can make a better search query to focus your learning. Let me know if you meet such an enlighted person. I'd like to learn under his tutelage.
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    Session Buddy it's like Toby with a boost, because is browser history-oriented. It's like Toby and "better history mixed. If you need a tool that saves sessions of opened tabs, easy manageable like a browser history list, It's the right tool for you. And It have an auto backup function (hell yeah).
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    Session Buddy has saved me from random crashes. I've always been able to trust it.
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  6. 25
    Raindrop.io 4.0

    All in one bookmark manager become even better

    Ryan Troll
    Ryan TrollCofounder @ ProductMaven · Written
    Pretty slick collections builder for anything on the web. I'm currently kicking the tires on this app and so far am finding it to be useful and simple.
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    Arthur
    ArthurIT Consultant/Advisor @ 1 N Only · Written
    I use Raindrop for bookmarking but I use Toby exclusively for tab cataloging and managing tab sessions. Raindrop though is easily my favorite bookmarking tool and one I use across all devices, desktops and mobile devices.
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    • Corey Ward
      Corey Wardentrepreneur

      I used to use Stache for my bookmarks before d3i abandoned the product (despite being paid). Stache was amazing for a couple reasons: when you bookmarked a webpage they captured the HTML and a really good full-page screenshot. They used the HTML to search and to render a preview of the page later if you were offline, and the screenshot was used for a thumbnail and to let you view the page as it was when you captured it, even if it changed or died since then. Alas, syncing broke in Stache a couple years ago and I switched over to Raindrop.

      Raindrop initially had new features coming out frequently. It seemed like they were going to grow fast and start charging money once they had a healthy user base in order to hire on additional people. They did grow fast, but I think the single developer lost interest in developing it so the product stagnated and a traditional support channel never materialized. They did add a paid subscription, but with a modest additional featureset.

      Most unfortunately, Raindrop has failed to figure out how to properly capture and resurface bookmarked pages. Thumbnails are often a small icon from the page blown up into pixelated oblivion and then cropped square. There is a feature to capture a screenshot of a page, but there's zero UI feedback once you opt into it on a given bookmark and it frequently doesn't work. Search is even worse: results are sorted by recency, there isn't an option to use relevancy, and Raindrop doesn't capture page content so only the page title and description are searched. Tags aren't even searched unless you specifically add the hash symbol, making the benefits of tagging limited.

      I'm sure something else will come along and replace Raindrop for me eventually, but for now, I'll continue amassing useful links in an utterly unsearchable form in hopes that they'll suddenly become useful one day.

    • Shae
      ShaeVisual Design Strategist

      I've used this pretty much since it first launched and I really love this app, I use it frequently throughout my day on all my devices. I love that I am able to have various collections, customize them and just really keep my bookmarks synced across devices. It's a handy and very useful app, I highly recommend it.

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    Tab Snooze

    Browser Extension that snoozes tabs. Mailbox for tabs!

    I use Toby for managing "groups" of tabs, but for those on off situations where I don't need to work on that tab then, but need to get a hold of it some time in the future (definite or not), I use Tab Snooze.
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    Instapaper

    Save articles to Read Later

    Robin Will
    Robin WillContinuous Improvement · Written
    Instapaper is a good and easy way to save articles to read later with just a click on a bookmark.
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    I've been using Instapaper for years. It's my go-to app for saving interesting articles. You can read saved articles later on your phone, or on the Instapaper website.
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  9. 9
    Pinboard

    Social bookmarking for introverts

    Alfonso C. Betancort
    Alfonso C. BetancortShot, develop & print 300 rolls of film. · Edited
    Does everything you want and way more without any of the clutter (waste memory, no disk, cpu, available everywhere in any device, rest interface included). It here to stay, it has outlasted any other similar service out here. Today’s conventional wisdom in UX design has turned it back to the less is more principle. Most app and systems designers and engineers have from forgotten the fact that perfection is attained not when there’s no more to add, but rather when just there isn’t longer anything to take away. That’s why David can decimate Goliath, i.e. Pinterest buy Delicious from Yahoo to save the bookmarks hosted there.
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  10. 10
    Tab Wrangler

    Automatically closes inactive browser tabs

    Hitesh Joshi
    Hitesh JoshiFounder, AskParrot · Written
    Great one! Simple and does not put much stress on chrome engine. Keeps history too. PS : Created by a friend.
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    kurt braget
    kurt bragetdeveloper, entrepreneur · Written
    I have been using Tab Wrangler for a few years and I strongly suggest it. Just make sure you add stuff you don't want closing automatically, that can be annoying when it happens, can also hurt your productivity.
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    Love TabWrangler. It's closed more than 1810 tabs for me. (42% of the one's I've had open it says) - I tell it which tabs I don't want it to close and it reduces the rest of them to the point that I forget they were ever even there.
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  11. I have tried many tab managers out there but nothing beats the simplicity and power of tab outliner imo. I have saved hundreds of browser sessions with many thousand tabs. I can't imagine browsing without it.
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  12. 6
    Ghost Browser

    The productivity browser for tech pros

    Elisa Vazquez
    Elisa VazquezSocial Media Nerd · Written
    I think I stumbled upon this browser from Product Hunt actually...but it has really helped me manage my tabs + time. I can save sessions for specific clients to focus on them when the time is right and not worry about multiple login tabs for simple tasks.
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  13. 7
    Inbox by Google

    Next generation inbox

    Gergely Polonkai
    Gergely PolonkaiSoftware Engineer · Written
    If you already have a Google account, and don't want to sign up to another service like Pocket (which is great, by the way), you may save your to-read links to Inbox, and even add reminders to them. This way you won't forget about them.
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    • I pretty much like all things Google, but Inbox just isn't for me. I much prefer good old fashioned Gmail on my iPhone. The way Inbox sorts my emails doesn't always make sense to me, and I suppose I'd rather sort it myself. There are definitely better email apps out there. I know because I've tried a bunch of them.

    • I like & hate inbox for the same features.

      It´s the first time my Mailbox feels sorted and clean. That said Inbox dicards eamils as unimportant, doesn't show notifications for all emails and shows how much it knows about my friends, travel agrangements and so on.

      I do think a manual hosted version would be really great but I doubt we will see something soon.

      In the end its a Google Product which means no updates and in 2 years we get the next version of it. It lacks a lot of things you can't do with it. For instance multiple Accounts, S/MIME encryption and ways to highlight a lot more.

  14. 6
    Vivaldi 1.0

    A new browser from the original Opera co-founder

    Jon McCullough
    Jon McCulloughGrowth at Vivaldi · Edited
    I use Vivaldi. I also work at Vivaldi. :) The browser has a lot of built-in functionality to manage loads of tabs and keep things manageable (and it's compatible with Chrome Extensions). Built-in: - Tab stacking to create custom groups of tabs and declutter. - Lazy loading. Only load the active tab on start-up. Really handy when opening all the billion tabs from your last session. - Tab hibernation to kill memory usage for background tabs. Tabs will only be refreshed again when you click on them. - Saved sessions (e.g. open a 'work' session to open all the tabs you use day-to-day at work) And lots more. We've come a long way since the 1.0 product page here on PH - check out https://vivaldi.com for the latest!
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  15. 5
    PAVLOK

    Wearable to help you break bad habits

    Bud Hennekes
    Bud HennekesI'm Bud. I connect people and ideas. · Written
    Bud Hennekes made this product
    Disclosure -- I create content for Pavlok. :) First off, huge shoutout to all the other awesome tools on the list. I'm a huge fan of OneTab myself. That being said, the Pavlok Chrome extension is incredible for helping you stay focused and reduced the amount of distracting open tabs. The extension allows you to set your desired tab amount (say I would like no more than 7 tabs for example), and if you open more you'll be greeted with a nice, shock/beep/or vibration. Your choice. It even has the option to give you a warning if you're getting close to your limit, which is huge for creating awarness. After months of using it relgiously, I am MUCH more aware of my tab usage. :)
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    Maneesh Sethi made this product
    Pavlok vibrates, beeps, and zaps you when you open up too many tabs or go on unproductive websites... It trains you to stop opening too many tabs for good.
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  16. Brian Jordan
    Brian JordanSoftware Engineer @ Code.org · Written
    If I weren't always using Chrome, I'd be using this again. It lets you fold and un-fold your tabs, and you can put them to the left side of the browser, allowing you to read / preview the tab titles even as you approach many tabs.
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  17. Md Malsi
    Md MalsiStudent, Rutgers University · Written
    Md Malsi made this product
    Created just for this reason
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    Followup.cc

    Super-simple reminders by email

    The Chrome extension allows you to set a followup for a page at a specific date or time in the future (or, for example, "next week"), at which time you'll get an email reminder of the page you were visiting.
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  19. While Relevance doesn't really help reduce the number of tabs you have open, it does help to organize them in more meaningful way that allows you to process and close those that don't need to remain open.
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  20. it's a really simple app that stores groups of links.
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