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Why I’ll Never Use My Browser’s Bookmark Feature Again

The truth is, there really isn’t any need to use bookmarks in the traditional sense anymore. I, like many of you, use multiple computers for various reasons. I have one at work, one at home, a laptop, a MAC a PC, etc… and 95% of the time you can find a browser window open. So how do I keep from going insane trying to keep all my browser bookmarks in sync? Sure I can export my bookmarks to a file, copy them to a USB drive, and import them on every computer I use. No thanks, there has got to be a better way, and there is.

Online Bookmarks

The use of online bookmarks has revolutionized the way I work, and it can do the same for you. As long as I can browse the web, I’ll have access to all my bookmarks in an organized and easy to use interface. No longer will I use the bookmark this feature of my browser, there are much better tools. Follow me to bookmark ease.

delicious.jpgThe URL is a bit hard to remember and type correctly. I suggest the following tip. Remember “del.” – like the computer company with one “l”, easy right. Then “.us” – so now you have the front and the back of the URL “del. .us”. Say out the rest – “I see I owe” – icio. —->

Now that we have that down, we can discuss the features of Once your create a free account, you can submit a website URL to be listed under your account – once submitted it is now a Bookmark. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to understand an important concept – Tags.

Tags are a way to categorize your bookmarks without the use of traditional folders or hierarchies. You can tag things multiple times and tags can be any words you wish. When you go through the process of submitting a URL to you will be asked for how to “tag” the entry. Just tags things with words that are meaningful to you. A few of my tags include: “movies”, “tv”, “books”, “iPod”, “scifi”, “programming”, and the list goes on. Here is an example of how I might tag a website URL that reviews books. It makes sense to tag the entry as “books”. Maybe that site is specific to science fiction; I would tag the site as “books” and “SciFi”. Maybe I will even add a new tag called “reviews”. Because tags are created at the time of submission, there is no limit to the number of tags an entry can have.

Once you have bookmarked sites on, you can view all your bookmarks when you sign into you account. You will see a list of tags on the right. The default view is as a list, but many people prefer the “cloud” view.tagsList.pngtagsCloud.png

Click on any of the tags to get a list of sites that you have bookmarked as that tag name. Don’t forget to also look at the “related tags” that will now be available if you have tagged any items with multiple words. also allows you to “Bundled Tag”. This allows you to put tags in categories for further organization.tagsBundled.png

Submitting sites to is fairly simple. Follow this link to get bookmarklets for you browser. Just click on the “post to” button to submit the site you are on to your account. These bookmarklets are great, but I must recommend the Firefox extension. For those of you using Firefox, I cannot stress how well this extension integrates with your account. The extension can be found at and once installed will place a couple of small icons next to Firefox’s address bar. tagButton.pngGive it a try; I’m sure you will find it useful. also allows you to import your bookmarks from your browsers and will attempt to assign them the most popular tags. This is a great feature and will save you a lot of time. The import feature even detects duplicates and will ignore them for the import if you choose.

Sharing is also a site/bookmark sharing site. You’ll notice that all your bookmarks are located at You can send this link to your friends, and every entry you have “shared” will be visible to them. How about sending them a link for just specific tags. You can send them Everything you have tagged as art is under that URL. And if you have friends on, you can add them to your network and submit sites to their account. has changed the way I will use bookmarks. I no longer have to worry about folders or trying to sync multiple browsers. The info above is just a small portion of what offers. What do you use for? Any tips or suggestions? What about Google bookmarks?

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6 Responses to “Why I’ll Never Use My Browser’s Bookmark Feature Again”

  1. Gizmo says:

    Yes I use it almost exclusively now. Portability and safety. I don’t have to worry about a computer crash losing my favorites. It’s also a lot easier to find stuff. You can zero on what you need instantly. I love it!

  2. Rob White says:

    Entopica is an online system that allows you to easily access, categorize, share and store your bookmarks online. Its free to join and registration is both quick and easy.

  3. cmbookmarks says:

    I use all the time. I usually bookmark things for myself, so I can go back and have everything in categories. It really helps keeping things organized.

  4. ZachM says:

    I have used the past. What I find more useful for myself is Xmarks in Firefox. It used to be called Foxmarks before they made it work with IE and Safari. Some of the functions are limited in the later two along with some glitches they are working on with the syncing with FF & IE together. But all of the features work in FF. It also saves your passwords in an encrypted file. So you can sync your bookmarks between unlimited computers or restore your bookmarks and passwords in FF in case of a crash or if you buy a new computer. You can also set it up to have a different set for work and home or whatever you may want.

  5. ronit says:

    i use firefox bookmark but now i m using social bookmarking,As you said you can have access to your bookmark anywhere.

  6. rebecca simons says:

    I used a lot of bookmarks already and using this one makes a lot of easier, creating a custom papers regarding this topic is a must.


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