Annotation of bookie/www/purpose.html, revision 1.3
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
6: bookmarking</a> and <a
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.
1.2 will 28: <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do.
30: <p>It could invalidate useless bookmarks.
32: <p>It could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by
33: typing a password.
35: <p>It could provide folders with multiple parents so that you could have the
36: equivalent of symlinks in folders.
38: <p>It could rearrange or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria.
40: <P>You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only
1.1 will 41: annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the
1.2 will 42: most popular float to the top. (See
1.3 ! will 43: <a href="http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/discovery/2000/09/rudolf/recommender.html">this paper</a>
1.2 will 44: for more information).
46: <p>You could adjust your filter so that only the oldest or the newest bookmarks
47: show up.
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