Xmarks recently announced that they will soon be shutting down their free browser sync service since they couldn’t make a business out of it.
With the service going away, a lot of you Xmarks users are probably looking for an alternative way to sync your bookmarks.
If all you need is bookmarks syncing, there may be a mature free polished service already out there.
Delicious is know for its social bookmarking service. But, with browser plugins for Firefox and Internet Explorer it could be used as a reliable browser bookmarks sync utility.
The way delicious works is starkly different from Xmarks. Also, I didn’t find bookmark support for Safari and Google Chrome although you can access the site from any browser.
If you want to use Delicious for bookmarks syncing, say between IE/Firefox at work and IE/Firefox at home, here is what you would do
- Sign for Delicious account if you don’t have one yet
- Install Delicious Firefox extension or IE Delicious plugin
- Open the Delicious import page and follow instructions
- You would want to add tags to your bookmarks – could be the same as the folders you kept them in. This could help in doing a bit of housecleaning but plan on spending some time.
- You can choose to keep your imported bookmarks private
- Next you will replace your Firefox or IE bookmarks with bookmarks you just imported into Delicious with the add-ons installed.
The main difference here is that the bookmarks are stored in delicious servers and not locally.
Of course neither of this provide all the functionality of Xmarks – like password sync, tabs sync, history sync, etc. Although individual browsers have some sort of sync available, a cross-browser cross-platform Xmarks is invaluable.
Xmarks has a final hope where they have said they will continue the service if atleast 100000 people pledge to pay $10-20 in annual fees to keep the service going. If you would like to keep the service alive, sign up by Oct 15.