Requested new feature: change your bookmark icon on the fly!

Requested new feature: change your bookmark icon on the fly!

Without a bookmark icon, your start page wouldn’t look the same. That’s not our opinion, it’s a well-known fact to all our customers. One of them reached out to us on Twitter, and this is what happened. 

A tweet about a bookmark icon

The Tweet Fernando sent us.
The Tweet Fernando sent us.

On February 15 one of our customers, Fernando Scheps, twitter handle @fscheps, contacted us with a single tweet:

Hi @startme Why not exposing the icon also when adding a new bookmark so I dont have to go and edit it after saving it?

He included some screenshots that really got the trick done. Yes, why not make it possible to change the icon to your new bookmark, as you are saving it?

We immediately understood the advantage of this new feature: now our users didn’t have to retrace their steps anymore. Just bookmark, personalize, and continue.

Why didn’t we think of that?

This is what happened next

We implemented the new feature. That’s it. We just made it happen because it was a good idea. And because we want to improve our product, just as much as our customers seem to want.

So, this is what you do (extended version):

  1. Click the Add content button. 
  2. Start typing the name of the site you want to add to your page.
  3. As you type, you’ll see new suggestions from our database. Select the one you like.
  4. A new dialogue window will appear. You can decide where you want to place the new bookmark.
  5. Don’t choose the destination widget, but click the pencil next to the bookmark you’re adding.
  6. In the edit bookmark window, you’ll see a new Select icon option.
  7. After you’ve changed the bookmark and icon, you can Save your preferences and go ahead.
  8. Select the destination bookmarks widget.

Or you choose the short version:

  1. Go to an existing Bookmarks widget.
  2. Click the plus or the Add bookmark option in the Bookmarks widget.
  3. Now you go directly to the Edit bookmark window, where you can change the icon immediately.
  4. Don’t forget to click Save to confirm.

There are a few things to consider:

  • This feature doesn’t appear when you use the extension to add bookmarks.
  • You need at least one Bookmarks widget on your page, for the edit bookmark option to appear.

What do you think?

We like this new addition to our Bookmarks feature. What do you think? Or have you got some more suggestions to improve our site?

Let us know on Twitter (!) or in the comments below. We love to listen!

Stefan van Dierendonck

Stefan van Dierendonck

For many years Stefan has been active as a blogger, building and maintaining his own and other websites. He is also the author of two well-received novels. Wherever possible, he tries to combine modern technology with literary or at least pleasantly legible content.


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4 Replies to “Requested new feature: change your bookmark icon on the fly!”

  1. I have one main tab that I share with others (public) and it would it great to have the URL of this page to be personalized: start.,me/my name.

  2. Hi! I am an individual using start.me for my personal visual bookmark organizer. Using images that I have chosen for my icons is fantastic and I love the ability to change the bookmark icon on the fly. I just want to let you know that in my experience the regular way to change an icon after the bookmark has been created is no longer saving the change after I click done. Now, I MUST use the new option button so I can then click save. I looked for a solution in the troubleshooting and when I did not find it I decided to check the blog for a change that might have effected icons and: Bingo! My problem had started with this change. I am leaving this long reply, mainly, so that any others with this same issue might find this in a web search.

    1. Hello, thank you for notifying us about this bug. We will fix it ASAP and let you know when this is done.

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