Web sites, formats and styles come and go but bookmarks, it would seem, are forever. Manage your bookmarks effectively and efficiently with these five bookmark management tools.
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If the only bookmark managing you're doing is simply bookmarking web sites in your default browser using the default bookmarking tool it's only a matter of time before you either end up with an overwhelming and incomprehensible pile of bookmarks, you lose your bookmarks file in a system crash, or both. The following tools will help you organise your bookmarks and avoid losing them to the long digital goodnight.
Note: If an official video or a clear tutorial video was available we included that instead of a static image. Also, we usually indicate in the header for each item what platforms it is available on. In the case of bookmarking services there are so many bookmarklets, browser toolbars, extensions and other methods for accessing the services we'd direct you to the body paragraph to get a clearer picture of how you can access the service.
Diigo (Web-Based, Free)
Diigo is more than just a bookmarking tool. Diigo allows you to not only save the URL of a website but annotate it, archive it—instead of merely saving the address of it—and share both your bookmarks and archived research with others. Even if you're currently only interested in a bookmarking service it's nice to know that if you wish to expand your scope to archiving pages and collecting text in addition to just bookmarking URLs you can do so easily with Diigo. You can access Diigo through their website, via the Diigo toolbar, via bookmarklet, or via the Diigo Chrome extension.
Google Bookmarks (Web-Based, Free)
While some bookmark services -- notably the popular Delicious -- are focused on public sharing, Google Bookmarks is private bookmarking tool with some public elements tacked on for those who desire them. The default mode of operation with Google Bookmarks is to keep your bookmarks private. You can save bookmarks in Google Bookmarks by using the Google Toolbar, starring search results while logged into your Google Account, or using the Google Bookmarks bookmarklet. Bookmarks can be organised into private, semi-private, or public lists for organisng your research for personal use, sharing among friends, or sharing with the public respectively.
Delicious (Web-Based, Free)
Delicious is a social bookmarking service. By default your bookmarks are public and when you add a new bookmark it is public—unless you check the "private" box in the bookmark adding dialog. Delicious is definitely a service focused on sharing bookmarks and engaging in social interaction around them so if you're looking for a private service you'll invest way too much energy in keeping your Delicious bookmarks out of the public eye and will want to consider another service. That said the public lists of what is hot and trending and the ability to easily sharing bookmarks with friends and the greater public are solid features of Delicious that really set it apart from less social bookmark tools. The most notable feature about Delicious is the tag-based organisation system. There is no hierarchy in the Delicious system for saving and organising bookmarks, everything is driven by tags—saving, searching, and organizing. You can add bookmarks to Delicious through the web site, via bookmarklet, and Firefox and Chrome addons.
Xmarks (Web-based, Free)
Formerly known as Foxmarks, Xmarks is more than just a bookmark tool. Xmarks syncs bookmarks, shares bookmarks, syncs profiles, and dependent on the browser will even sync tabs, passwords, and mobile bookmarks—check out the compatibility and feature comparison chart here. Although the synchronisation across browsers through the Xmarks server is awesome the best thing about Xmarks is that you can run your own Xmarks server. If you're privacy conscious and want to keep your bookmarks and browser settings in your own hands you can set up a private Xmarks server on your own web server to keep the entire process under your control.
Weave (Web-Based/Firefox, Free)
Mozilla Weave is an add-on for Firefox focused on unifying your Firefox browsing experience across platforms and locations. Weave syncs your bookmarks, bookmark toolbar, smart location bar, tabs, browsing history, and passwords across all the instances of Firefox you use—your desktop, laptop, mobile phone, and Firefox portable. In addition to syncing the files across all instances of Firefox the settings are stored on the Mozilla servers so even if you crash your laptop and you're away from home you can quickly rebuild your bookmarks and browser settings from the Mozilla servers.
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