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I am using XMarks to synchronize my bookmarks across multiple machines/browsers. I like the way that it works, and it does the job, but I am wondering about alternatives that have more features or different features that I may not know that I need.

Does anyone know of any worthwhile alternatives?

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"Is there something better than XMarks" will only yield a big list of XMarks competitors. If the question provided specific goals/differences so answerers could nail down a "best" alternative to offer you, it wouldn't be a "big list" question, and we'd only be left with the question of whether these software recommendation questions are on-topic (which to my knowledge hasn't been fully hashed out one way or the other yet). –  HedgeMage Jun 29 '11 at 16:47
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I use Delicious to save bookmarks that I may want to share (it also allows private unshared bookmarks as well). A nice feature is the ability to add tags to each bookmark and a description. In addition, you can search by tag among the shared bookmarks saved by others. For example, you can search for bookmarks tagged with "ubuntu" and you get a list of related bookmarks, and a measure of the popularity of each -- how many users tagged a particular link.

I haven't looked at XMarks, so can't comment on it.

The "browser sync" feature on Google Chrome is helpful for machine-to-machine, but only works on Google Chrome.

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yup, delicious.com is browser independent. Android client is also available. It is completely free. –  cstamas Jun 22 '11 at 21:25
    
iOS client also available –  MDRoz Jun 22 '11 at 22:57
    
I will check out the delicious.com clients and see what they offer. Thanks for the link! –  Larry Smithmier Jun 23 '11 at 10:38
    
Chrome Sync is the best. :D Tried to use XMarks but never got around to using it. After a while, I decided to try it again, but found out that it was closed. –  JFW Jun 25 '11 at 7:51
    
im an x-fan of xmarks. Chrome Sync replaces the need along with Developer tools replacing need for firebug. –  Simon Jun 27 '11 at 12:14
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I liked the features XMarks provided, but it slowed the browser to a halt whenever it synced (the issue may have been fixed since I stopped using it) and it was annoying to keep the extension updated on all of my browsers and machines (4 machines with 4 browsers on each). I was also disappointed at its inability to sync custom search engines and keyword shortcuts between browsers.

When XMarks announced they were shutting down, I switched to Linkman Pro for bookmarks (using Dropbox to sync between machines), created Shortmarks to manage keyword shortcuts and custom searches and started using Chrome's built-in sync (which is lightning fast) for incidental bookmarks. It's probably not the ideal solution for a typical user, but it works great for me.

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Thanks for the link to Linkman Pro, I hadn't seen it. I like the idea of Shortmarks, but I am not 100% sure I fully grok how to fit it into my flow. –  Larry Smithmier Jun 22 '11 at 23:43
    
You're in good company. I'm not sure my wife gets it after multiple explanations. :) I put together a screencast to illustrate how it works: youtube.com/watch?v=0V-mZTLo7MM The short summary is it lets you visit and search sites by using keywords in the address bar. e.g. to search StackOverflow for javascript, I type "so javascript" in the address bar and it takes me directly to the results. –  Dan H Jun 23 '11 at 3:07
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I like Xmarks very much, have been using it for years now. Tried Google bookmarks but didn't like it much

However, I've been using delicios and later switched to pinboard.in for more long-term, reference-like saving of bookmarks. It's a great way of researching a topic/purchase/party ideas, then tagging them appropriately and refer to them later.

I used to either bookmark this kind of stuff before or email it to myself and use Gmail labels , but this is way more efficient in my view.

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I look forward to taking a tour of pinboard.in as it looks very interesting. –  Larry Smithmier Jun 22 '11 at 23:48
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In all honesty, I view XMarks as the best option. Most other options are browser-specific, such as the Google Chrome Sync utility. The benefit of XMarks is that it does work across browsers, and personally, I like that it sticks to a single domain (i.e., it only syncs bookmarks, nothing else [password syncing was dropped]). In other words, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

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I am always re-assessing my needs and tools in a Kaizen like process. I don't have any problems with XMarks, but the idea of tagging rather than using folder structure for grouping is something that is interesting. –  Larry Smithmier Jun 23 '11 at 10:44
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I actually agree, but we may also have different ideas on bookmark-philosophy. I keep the bookmarks in my browser to a limited set of pages that I regularly visit (such as my web-based financial software and local weather reports) and everything else I consider non-regular reference material which is stored in my pinboard.in account and tagged appropriately for when I need it. –  David Antaramian Jun 23 '11 at 21:44
    
Good point! I am going to revisit my usage patterns with either pinboard.in or delicious.com having a role with stored bookmarks. –  Larry Smithmier Jun 23 '11 at 23:42
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