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>.
        !            10: 
        !            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.
        !            20: 
        !            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.
        !            27: 
        !            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.
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