Annotation of bookie/www/purpose.html, revision 1.1
1.1 ! will 1: Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
! 2: synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and a way of solving my
! 3: frustrations in sharing bookmarks with other people over computers. It also
! 4: is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a
! 5: href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good
! 6: bookmarking</a> and <a
! 7: href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/misc/199805/collaborative-bookmark-index.html">collaborative
! 8: bookmark indexing</a>. In addition, there are sites which attack this
! 9: problem from another angle: <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>.
! 11: <p>Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks. Every person I know has a
! 12: collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years. Not only
! 13: the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
! 14: critical. Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
! 15: collection of well organized bookmarks. Yet while it is easy to send a URL
! 16: over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible. It is
! 17: impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
! 18: all information can be synced over a department. And it's really hard to
! 19: keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
! 21: <p>The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
! 22: solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
! 23: Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
! 24: central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF. Likewise, whenever a
! 25: bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
! 26: with all the other clients.
! 28: <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do
! 29: -- it could invalidate useless bookmarks, keep a cache of bookmarks for
! 30: you... it could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by
! 31: typing a password... It could provide folders with multiple parents so that
! 32: you could have the equivalent of symlinks in folders... It could rearrange
! 33: or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria (popularity, last
! 34: updated)... You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only
! 35: annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the
! 36: most popular float to the top... You could adjust your filter so that only
! 37: the oldest or the newest bookmarks show up.