X Marks The Spot, Foxmarks To Become Xmarks

Foxmarks, one of the most popular Firefox add-ons for social bookmarks, is re-branding itself as Xmarks and making significant additions to its functionality. Since Foxmarks has collected so many urls (600 million to be exact), the company is creating a search feature that turns up pre-qualified results. Since Foxmarks’ launch, the bookmark synchronization add-on has been downloaded over 14 million times, with most downloads originating from Firefox users, though the add-on launched Internet Explorer and Safari browser capabilities in early February.

The Xmarks feature produces search results based on what millions of users in its community are bookmarking. Users can view each result’s number of bookmarks, popularity ratings and reviews, and a user-generated description of the site. The search engine also recommends similar sites to the user. If the user downloads the Xmarks add-on, the technology will mark popular bookmarked sites (with an icon) in any Google, Yahoo or MSN Live searches. Users can hover over each icon to see a thumbnail view of the Xmarks reviews and information on the site. Users can also click an Xmarks icon in their address bar to learn more about any site they are currently visiting. Much of the information on Xmarks, such as site summaries and reviews is user-generated and the hope is that users will create a wiki for website reviews, according to CEO James Joaquin. Currently, the Xmarks add-on is only available for Firefox users but is expected to reach Internet Explorer and Safari users in the near future. They are also in talks to extend Xmarks capabilities to Google’s Chrome browser.

Founded by Mitch Kapor and Todd Agulnick, Xmarks competes with other popular social bookmarking applications like Delicious and StumbleUpon. While Delicious’s search feature is similar, Xmarks’ search result snapshot is more comprehensive and informative with summaries, reviews and similar sites included in the result. And the ability to see this comprehensive Xmarks snapshot in a Google search or in the address bar is unique.

Xmarks’ technology is undoubtedly innovative and useful, particularly to users looking to deepen the information-return of their searches. It is interesting, however, that the company has chosen to re-brand their product line after spending over two years building what could be called a Firefox-related brand around Foxmarks. Joaquin says that Firefox has created a rich environment for the company to distribute its add-on, but the company is now hoping to gain additional momentum from other browsers. Part of that effort includes a less Firefox-centric brand. And as Internet Explorer continues to lose market share and the battle of the browsers becomes more heated, it will be important for Xmarks to diversify its user base.

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Foxmarks Syncs Bookmarks in Safari, Internet Explorer «

Foxmarks Syncs Bookmarks in Safari, Internet Explorer

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Big news from the team at Foxmarks by way of Lifehacker today: They’ve extended their browser synchronization platform beyond Firefox. Yup, as of now you can install Foxmarks for Safari on the Mac and Internet Explorer in Windows! Foxmarks is among our favorite utilities because it keeps browser information in sync across multiple devices.

Now the version for Safari and IE isn’t quite as robust as the one on ol’ faithful Firefox. Foxmarks in Firefox synchronizes web site passwords, but that’s not supported in this first version for the other two browsers. You can sync your profiles, however, which is nice for, say, a “work” and “home” type of setup. All of your web data is stored on the Foxmarks servers although with Firefox, you can store it on your own server. That’s another limitation in the new v. 1.0.0.

If you can get past those missing features, this is a great way to keep your bookmarks in sync. And not just in one browser platform. Since Foxmarks now supports three browsers, your one account will keep everything in sync across all three. Say you use IE on a Windows XP netbook, Safari on a Mac and Firefox on a Vista desktop at work. All of your bookmarks will be the same on all three devices even though each uses a different browser! Those bookmarks are available on a mobile device through the web as well.

The free Foxmarks utility is right here for download; if you use the web on multiple computers, I consider it a must-have. Foxmarks is supported on Safari 3 in Mac OS X 10.5 and Internet Explorer 6 or 7 on XP or Vista.

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4 indispensable add ons that I use with Firefox

One of the great things about Firefox is the ability to pimp it up with superb add ons.

My favourites are listed below:

  1. 1Password – a gem of a program for the mac that remembers all your usernames and passwords, and also fills out web forms for you. This is very secure and can be synced across your different machines.  It also comes with very good password generator.  Download it here.
  2. Fastdial – almost a speed dial for the web – save little thumbnails of all your favourite web sites – simple idea with great execution!  Download it here.

    Fast Dial in Action!

    Fast Dial in Action!

  3. Foxmarks – this is a great bookmarks syncing add on. This makes sure that you always have the latest set of bookmarks on the machine you are using. Download here.
  4. Finally one for weather addicts! 1-click weather – this puts a little weather information centre in the bottom right hand part of your firefox status bar.  It even links you to radar maps and video links for the area you are keeping an eye on.  Get it here.