It’s not a huge surprise, with all the major web browsers adding their own bookmark sync services, but Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) is shutting down in January.

I figure I’ll just use Firefox Sync, Chrome sync, Opera Link, etc. to share bookmarks between the desktop and laptop, but what I really liked Xmarks for was its ability to sync different browsers together. I’m always switching between Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari (and occasionally IE when I’m on a Windows box) and it’s nice to have them all on the same set of bookmarks.

I guess it’s back to periodically exporting from my main browser and importing in the secondary ones, unless I find a tool or find the time to read up on the bookmarks formats and write one.

Update: Xmarks lives!

Update 2: And now it’s dead again, for good this time. These days I use Floccus Bookmark Sync (my review).

3 thoughts on “Farewell, Xmarks Bookmark Sync!

  1. i just use delicious; it has an extension that syncs with firefox, probably also with chrome, but you can use the page at least from any computer or browser.

  2. @Andrea: I use Delicious a lot, but for a slightly different set of bookmarks. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried to merge them, now that I think about it. Time to look into Chrome, Safari & Opera integration…

    @Dave: Thanks for the update. $10/year for the service doesn’t seem too bad, but I don’t think I’ll rely on them getting enough pledges/customers to keep things going. Even if they do, I should probably look into writing a local sync tool anyway as a programming exercise.

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