December 17th, 2010
I’ve used Delicious (del.icio.us) for some time now for managing bookmarks. I have never really used its social features, just its management features. With word that it is closing (sigh, just after I had to leave Bloglines, too) I’m looking for something else. There are a somewhat bewildering array of new options available, and I’m wondering if people have had experience with them. My requirements are:
- Completely reliable syncing between multiple devices, even if each one is being used and actively bookmarking things simultaneously. My browser is Firefox. Back when I chose Delicious, nothing else accomplished this.
- The ability to present bookmarks as a toolbar in Firefox, either using its own system or a different one.
- I prefer tagging to hierarchical organization.
- I can run a service on my own server, IF it is Free Software, trivial to set up, and needs little care and feeding. If it’s not part of Debian, that’s a strong negative here.
- If it’s hosted in the cloud, I am concerned about privacy, security, and long-term stability. I must have a way to export my data, preferably automatically. I will be reading ToS and privacy policies carefully.
- A system that can be trusted to encrypt my bookmarks on the server side is another nice to have.
- Being able to create bookmarks directly from my Android phone is nice but not required.
- Being able to access bookmarks from a regular web browser is a feature I use a few times a year; again, nice but not required.
What should I look into?
Incidentally, if you need to export your Delicious data, go here.