Fwiw, I don’t use the social features at all. Mine is a purely private account.
It has a decent API as well.
Relying on search is fine, and there are plenty of times I use a search engine to re-find something. But often enough, it doesn’t turn up immediately. Instead of wading through pages of reformulated searches trying to find it, I can go to pinboard — assuming past me invested the 15 seconds it takes to bookmark a site and add a tag or two (tags autofill).
Edit: Zero maintenance on my part. I just stuff bookmarks in, and only revisit them if it’s helpful. Otherwise I ignore my account.
Do what works for you. If you want a platform and browser agnostic bookmarking service that can store full content, doesn’t rely on advertising, has a decent API and isn’t terribly expensive — but has been very reliable during the several years that I’ve used it — check out pinboard.
“You paid a one-time fee when you joined Pinboard.”
Also from the dev:
“So my pitch is this: if you are getting more than $1.80/month of value from using Pinboard (which is what the site costs these days), I ask you to convert to a regular account as a token of your support.”
If I ever do go back to using Pinboard actively then I will shift plans but I really haven’t used it in years. Nice to know my bookmarks are there if I ever need them though.