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Tue Mar 18 05:09:20 2003 UTC (16 years ago) by will
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Add olbookmarks as a competitor.

    1: <p>
    2:  Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
    3:  synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and also to have shared bookmarks.  
    4: </p>
    5: 
    6: <p>
    7:  It is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good
    8:  bookmarking</a> and <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/misc/199805/collaborative-bookmark-index.html">collaborative
    9:  bookmark indexing</a>.  
   10: </p>
   11: 
   12: <p>
   13:  In addition, there are sites which attack this
   14:  problem from another angles: 
   15:  <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and 
   16:  <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>.  The most promising competitor to Bookie is probably
   17:  <a href="http://www.collaboration-world.com/cgi-bin/collaboration-world/project/index.cgi?pid=1">Xbelette</a>, 
   18:  which has a very nice user interface although I haven't tried it myself.  
   19:  You may also wish to try 
   20:  <a href="http://olbookmarks.sourceforge.net/">olbookmarks</a>, which is a Mozilla sidebar thingy.
   21: </p>
   22: 
   23: <p>
   24:  Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks.  Every person I know has a
   25:  collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years.  Not only
   26:  the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
   27:  critical.  Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
   28:  collection of well organized bookmarks.  Yet while it is easy to send a URL
   29:  over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible.  It is
   30:  impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
   31:  all information can be synced over a department.  And it's really hard to
   32:  keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
   33: </p>
   34: 
   35: <p>
   36:  The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
   37:  solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
   38:  Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
   39:  central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF.  Likewise, whenever a
   40:  bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
   41:  with all the other clients.
   42: </p>
   43: 
   44: <p>
   45:  Ergo, Bookie.  It's a crude work in progress, but it teaches me a lot about what
   46:  I should be doing, and lets me read and understand code written by people way 
   47:  smarter than me.
   48: </p>

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