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Filed under: Hacking — Thomas @ 1:31 pm

1:31 pm

I’ve been a late joiner of del.icio.us, but have not regretted it.

I originally joined because, with the travelling back and forth, I was getting annoyed at having 3 main computers to work on, each with a different set of bookmarks.

Then it became incredibly handy for getting to sites on my N800 and my phone – you just set up the delicious page once on them, and then tag on your desktop to access it on your devices without typing URL’s. It was a lot easier to install software this way for the N800.

I’ve tried various times the Firefox extensions, but never felt they were very useful. It ends up being very cluttered and I was never able to through them organize the bookmarks I really used daily (which I put in folders on a bookmark toolbar) in a way that matched my toolbar. For example, I have a dropdown folder called “gst” which links to GStreamer’s home page, buildbot page, bug list page, …

This weekend, after upgrading to Fedora 9 with its Firefox 3 beta I spent some time thinking it over again. I never noticed the Bundled Tags feature before, and was hoping this would be a way of combining tags so that they could be shown on my toolbar. For example, tag the pages I want in my gst dropdown with ‘gstreamer’ and ‘toolbar’. But apparently, the Bundled Tags feature is OR, not AND, so that didn’t help. (I’m not sure why AND behaviour in this case is useful to begin with, but hey…)

In the end, I decided to keep it simple. I’m now tagging all the pages I want on my toolbar with a tag starting with @

So, I have @gst for some pages, and then I use the Favourite Tags del.icio.us toolbar feature, and add it as a favourite tag. This allows me to decide the order, and decide the contents, and thus perfectly replicate the setup I had before, but do the same across all my browsers.

Now I can go on being a happy organised productive person!

Feel free to comment on how you organize your bookmarks across various computers for more ideas.

NOTE: Fedora 9 ships with firefox 3 beta 5, which is not yet supported by the offiicial Firefox extension. Get an unreleased beta here (you’ll probably have to join the yahoo group though)


  1. the favorite tags feature supports AND, add as “gst+toolbar”

    Comment by Greg — 2008-5-19 @ 3:41 pm

  2. I’m now using foxmarks (firefox 3 beta) for most of my quick ff3-style bookmarking (the things I want to find in the AwesomeBar), and del.icio.us for the things I want to describe in more detail (research and such).

    I hear that mozilla’s weave can do remote storage of bookmarks and history, which would be a good alternative to the MPL-made-closed source google browser sync.

    Comment by Tobu — 2008-5-19 @ 3:47 pm

  3. I hit on the same idea as you, but using a “:tb” suffix instead of a “@” prefix. I also have a “todo” tag and a “tellbob”, “telljoe” tag.

    Part of my daily routine is to run through the “todo” bookmarks (maybe an NSFW link, or an article that demands in-depth attention) and see which ones I feel link investigating. When Bob or Joe come online, I IM them the appropriate links.

    Comment by ken — 2008-5-19 @ 8:54 pm

  4. @Greg: that doesn’t work for me at all, you are sure this is supposed to work ? Also, when I drag a page to it it wants to tag it as literally “gst+toolbar”. Another drawback would be that there’s no way to turn it into a shorter name – toolbar+fluendo looks really bad.

    Comment by Thomas — 2008-5-21 @ 4:09 pm

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