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Monday, July 11, 2011

All about bookmarking. Chrome's bookmarks are not on google docs! "chrome bookmarks" import/ export; synch with all browsers; Comparison of browser synchronizers. Bookmarklet

A) Chrome's bookmarks as example
B) Browser Synchronizer
C) Bookmarks management and classification system
D) Some tools for bookmarking

A) Chrome's bookmarks as example
Since 01/2011, chrome's bookmarks have NOT been stored in your google docs folder under the Google Chrome folder:

Import bookmarks (also called favorites) from Firefox or Internet Explorer:

Import bookmarks from any browser:
Export bookmarks from any browser as a HTML file and save the file to your computer.
Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar in Google Chrome.
Select Bookmark manager.
  1. Click the Organize menu in the manager.
  2. Select Import bookmarks.
  3. Open your saved HTML file.
  4. The bookmarks from the other browser will now appear as a subfolder within the "Other bookmarks" folder at the end of the bookmarks bar.

Export bookmarks from Google Chrome
Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
Select Bookmark manager.
Click the Organize menu in the manager.
Select Export bookmarks.
Choose a location where you want your exported file to be saved, then click Save.
Google Chrome will export your bookmarks as a HTML file and each folder is between H3 tags.

From the point of view of interoperability, Chrome's bookmarks and Google bookmarks are not good products/services:

Google Chrome's Bookmarks use folders instead of labels.
Google's Bookmarks uses labels instead of folders:

Google Chrome bookmarks are separate from those saved in Google Bookmarks. While it's currently not possible to automatically sync these two sets of bookmarks, you can use a bookmarklet (see below at the end of this post) to easily create Google Bookmarks in Google Chrome. Drag this bookmarklet to the Google Chrome bookmarks bar:
It's a small javascript code. Any time you visit a webpage that you want to save to your Google Bookmarks page, simply click the bookmarklet in the bookmarks bar...

The Chrome's bookmarks service (or firefox, safari, Internet explorer bookmarks) is a not only a bookmark tool:
1) First service (classic bookmark): if you come across an interesting website that you'd like to save, click  at the right end of the address bar to create a bookmark.
2) Second service: when you type in the address bar of your browser, the bar automatically shows you matches from your (i)apps, (ii)bookmarks, and (iii)browsing history. Additionally, Google Chrome can use a prediction service to show you related search terms and websites. These icons in the address bar help differentiate between the different items you may see:

  • The bookmark icon appears next to bookmarked sites.
  • The history icon appears next to sites from your browsing history. 
  • The App icon appears next to web apps you've installed from Chrome Web Store.
  • The search icon appears next to searches, including related searches if you have the prediction service turned on.
  • The predicted sites icon appears next to related sites, when you have the prediction service turned on.
B)Browser Synchronizers

Xmarks syncs across different browsers and provides direct access to all of your bookmarks from ANY machine (you must install a plug-in in your browsers) with access to the internet by logging in.
Xmarks is not an open project.
Alexa 2400 (data@july 2011).

Xmarks is a free add-on for your browser that synchronizes and backs up your bookmarks across multiple computers and more (Xmarks helps you find the best sites on the web based on what millions of people are bookmarking).
The Xmarks bookmark synchronizer is an extension for Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari (on OS X 10.5 and 10.6); not for opera.

Xmarks provides an option to encrypt bookmarks while they are in transit between the browser and the Xmarks server. Individual users' bookmarks are kept private from other users (but you can share some folders).

You can also save open tabs.

Method: it uses folders instead of labels.
Interoperablity (low):
import only from delicious
export only HTML.

USE xmarks for the backup of your google's bookmarks and also to synchronize with other computers.

Alexa 47 000 (data@july 2011).
SiteBar is a free Online Bookmark Manager (and Bookmark Server).
SiteBar is a solution for people who use multiple browsers or computers and want to have their bookmarks available from anywhere without need to synchronize them or take them along. The bookmarks are stored on a server - this could be:
  • a SiteBar server run by its authors (you don't need to install SiteBar software - just sign up our service);
  • another public server running our SiteBar software;
  • your own server running our free SiteBar software.
Integration with Many Browsers: not with Chrome and Safari
SiteBar is a ready to use Internet Explorer Favorites Manager, Firefox Bookmark Manager, Mozilla Bookmark Manager, Opera Bookmark Manager ...

Bookmark Import and Bookmark Export:
for Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla/Netscape, Opera, XBEL, RSS, Atom, OPML, RDF

c)-------many good ideas:
Arado Websearch is an open source Bookmark-Database for Websearch. You easily can save and organize your favourite URLs (Bookmarks). So, Arado Websearch is a complete bookmark management solution that will allow you to synchronize, organize, manage, remove duplicates and check your favorite internet pages, if their content has changed.
The database can be networked with your further devices like laptop, mobile phone, home or work PC, so that all added URLs are synchronized with your connected devices. 
It is like "Excel" or OpenOffices´ "Calc", in wich youl save e.g. your values of expenditure on food. Like "" is storing library metadata for your book or cd collections - ISBNs and titles -, Arado is storing web URLs as metadata in your local bookmark-database. While BiblioteQ uses the library protocol "Z39.50" to connect to the library and saves the data in your local database, Arado uses the normal simple web protocol "http" to connect two or more of your devices and synchronize your bookmark-URLs.

C)Bookmarks management and classification system
a)"social bookmarking" and classification system
In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share.
These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified groups, shared only inside certain networks. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.
For example Delicious ( uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms.
With delicious a user can download his or her own data through the site's API in an XML or JSON format, or export it to a standard Netscape bookmarks format.

b) yahoo bookmarks :

You can use your google account or openId account.
You can use folders and categorize and tags.

Yahoo! Bookmarks offers many improvements :

  • Searchable: All your Yahoo! Bookmarks are searchable. No more scrolling through long, unwieldy lists to find a link.
  • Cached Copy: Yahoo! Bookmarks lets you save both a link to the live web page and a cached copy of the page, just in case the original page is not accessible.
  • Easy to Categorize: You can categorize bookmarks into folders, label them with "tags", or do both so that it's even easier to retrieve what you save. You don't have to worry about where you placed a bookmark. You can simply search through your bookmarks to find what you saved.
  • Accessible Anywhere: Now you can access and manage your bookmarks from any computer.
  • Easy to Share: The Send buttons in your toolbar and on Yahoo! Bookmarks allow you to easily share your favorite bookmarks with your friends via email or instant messenging.

import: click "tools" (bottom of the page)

export: click "tools" (bottom of the page)
save from bookmarklets:  click "tools" (bottom of the page)
If you save chrome's bookmarks (html file) and import in yahoo bookmarks, Yahoo bookmarks service creates all the tree and all folders.  

D)Some tools for bookmarking
a) makes sharing and bookmarking simple.
Three tools:
With this extension, you have a sharing/service menu of 11 services (300 sites/services) which can be added (you can customize the list and the position in this list).

A bookmarklet is unobtrusive JavaScript stored
  • as the URL of a bookmark in a web browser or 
  • as a hyperlink on a web page. 
Bookmarklets are saved and used as normal bookmarks. Whether bookmarklet utilities are stored as bookmarks or hyperlinks, they are designed to add one-click functionality/service to a browser or web page.

These "one-click" tools can add many services:
  • Submit the current page to a blogging service such as Posterous or blogger or, link-shortening service such as, or bookmarking service such as Delicious or other bookmarks management services.
  • Modify the appearance of a web page within the browser (change font size, background color...).
  • Extract data from a web page (hyperlinks, images, text...).
  • Query a search engine, with search term(s) provided by previously selected text, or by a dialog box.
  • Submit the current page to a translation service.
  • Set commonly chosen configuration options when the page itself provides no way to do this.
"Installation of a bookmarklet"
  • is performed by creating a new bookmark, and pasting the code into the URL destination field, or
  • it can be dragged and dropped onto the bookmark bar of your browser. 
iMacros Bookmarklet:
An iMacros Bookmarklet is a bookmarklet that starts an iMacros macro: 
You need to have iMacros for Firefox or iMacros for Chrome installed for this to work, iMacros for Internet Explorer (

First released in 2001, iMacros was the first macro recorder tool specifically designed and optimized for web browsers and form filling.

As the iMacros bookmarklet can use all functions of iMacros it can automate more complex tasks e. g. run complete form filling sequences or start the up/download of files. In addition an iMacros based bookmarklet is much faster to create and requires no Javascript or DOM knowledge.
iMacros for Chrome uses bookmarklets by default to store the iMacros inside the regular Chrome bookmarks. So if you record an iMacros in Chrome, it has already the right format to be used inside a web page.


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