Over the past few months I have been on journey with how I manage my bookmarks. Most of the time that I ran Firefox 2, I came up with the idea of having all of my bookmarks on the bookmark toolbar, via hierarchy of folders. This was fine, everything was well categorised and filed, but there were enclaves of bookmarks that I simply never dared delve into. Just for good measure, I had all my bookmarks backed up with the Foxmarks extension.
Then two things happened; Firefox 3 came out with its tagging facility for bookmarks, and I started to use Delicious for social media reasons, namely supporting additional content for this blog.
Eventually, I succumbed to the tagging method in Firefox 3. This lead to me having less, but still lots, of bookmarks filed on my toolbar, but then an much larger amount of tagged bookmarks inside Firefox’s “Unsorted Bookmarks” folder. Although, I was also building up a healthy repository of bookmarks in Delicious too.
Over the past few months, I have been chipping away at tagging my filed bookmarks and dumping more and more of them into the unsorted folder. The idea being to forget about a hierachial structure and just use Firefox’s “Awesome Bar” to search for tags.
I have also been trying to work out how to bring in my Delicious account, and how to bring together my two sets of bookmarks. Also, the last time I had tried the Delicious plugin for Firefox, it totally took over all of Firefox’s bookmarking system. I didn’t want this as I like to have a few folders on my toolbar.
I gave the Delicious plugin another go a few days ago, and I’m pleased to say that it now happily works in parallel with Firefox’s on bookmarking system.
In the end, what I came up with, was to do a mass import of all my “unsorted” (but tagged) Firefox bookmarks into Delicious, and then delete them locally. So now, the only bookmarks I have locally in Firefox are my quick access toolbar folders. Such as, links to my social networking profiles, frequently visited forums, etc. Everything else that I’ve bookmarked for a rainy day, now resides in Delicious. Delicious has become my bookmark archive, and with it I’m contributing to a public well of knowledge of the web too. And, I have a nice and tidy bookmark toolbar to boot!