I have 880 bookmarked pages in Firefox. 200 of them are in a folder named rails. I can’t find anything anymore. It is usually faster to google for what I want. It’s time for summer cleaning. It’s also time to move to delicious: I want my bookmarks available anywhere and I want to use tags.
I signup and install the firefox plugin. It can import your bookmarks. Better, there’s an option to automatically add the most popular tag. Talk about a great way to harness the wisdom of crowds! One problem: it only adds the most popular tag when I want all of them. Tags are useful only when you can put more than one (otherwise you are back to using folders)! I wrote a small ruby script to add all popular tags to my bookmarks using the api (and this to get the most popular tags).
- My bookmarks are now online and a bit better organized thanks to tags (ex: I can see all rails plugins related to databases).
- When adding new bookmarks, the firefox plugin suggests the most popular tags. That’s very nice as it is not always easy to find good tags.
- I can delete all my bookmarks in firefox. I now only keep the bookmark toolbar with links to sites I visit daily and links to online tools such as gmail, google reader, dictionary, etc. It is a breath of fresh air to have it so clean.
- The Firefox plugin is sloooooooooow. It is almost unusable. It is better to search on the delicious site.
- A big problem with bookmarks is actually a problem related to the way a lot of websites are built: the title isn’t correctly set. Or if it is set, the title is not very good at telling you what the page is all about. Even with tags, I have to actually open the page to know what it is about.
I’m not entirely sold yet, but I will continue the experiment for a couple of weeks.
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