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Xmarks May Live Again

Are you a fan of the cross-browser bookmarking service Xmarks? If so, you’ll be glad to hear it may have a new lease on life.

Last week, it looked like Xmarks, the popular cross-browser bookmark syncing tool, was going to shut down.  We wrote up several alternatives to Xmarks so you can still keep your bookmarks synced, but now it looks like you may not have to switch to a new service. Xmarks is in talks with companies about a potential merger, while thousands of users have pledged to pay $10/year for the service.  It will be interesting to see how it works out over the near future, but one thing’s for sure, Xmarks is viable again.

Xmarks Victory for the Users, by the Users [via Xmarks Blog]

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  • Published 10/7/10

Comments (6)

  1. jb

    Why not just use the in browser sync functions now? I switched to Chrome Sync after hearing the news about Xmarks and I’m actually much happier with it.

  2. matthewguay

    @jb – Yeah, I actually use Chrome Sync myself, and it works great since I use Chrome on my desktop and netbook. Then, I’ve actually switched to the Evernote Clipper addon for bookmarking since I can add more info and access my notes/bookmarks everywhere. But, for those who like Xmarks, it’s still good news, and if you use multiple different browsers and want to sync between them, Xmarks is still one of the only options.

  3. zzhbkb

    The problem with Chrome Sync is that you need to be identified with your Google account.
    So, Google is watching you. Google knows all your web sites.

  4. Darren

    Xmarks knows all your websites, too.

  5. Bert

    I use Chrome as my primary browser because I like the interface much more than the others. However, there’s some things I don’t like about Chrome, primarily its inability to alphabetize bookmarks across ALL bookmarks with one command. Second, there are some webpages that have problems loading under Chrome, so I turn to Firefox. I also really like the bookmarks toolbar that both browsers offer and love that when using Xmarks, can keep the same set of bookmarks across different browsers.

  6. Cambo

    The big advantage of XMarks is it’s cross-platform-ability. It would be a HUGE plus if XMarks got together with something like LastPass to sync your passwords AND bookmarks across any browser. In fact, I believe the LastPass folks are one of the ones who have reached out to XMarks to work something out. In the end, it’s obvious the “Free” model just can’t last forever.

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