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Unfortunately, the immensely popular bookmark sync service Xmarks stopped working on May 1st. Or as LogMeIn, the parent company of LastPass, puts it: she retired. LastPass acquired Xmarks Sync in 2010, and then sold it to LogMeIn in 2015. Ever since LastPass bought Xmarks, things started going downhill. We didn’t see any new features. They essentially abandoned Xmarks.
What a shame!
There’s a good reason why it’s a shame that Xmarks is gone. The program started out as Foxmarks, an extension for the Firefox browser. It gave the users the option to take bookmarks from that browser, and use it in Safari, Google Chrome or the Internet Explorer. Goodbye customer lock-in!
Over 150,000 users installed the extension every month, and in their heydays, they counted over 3 million users. Talk about solving an apparent problem!
And now they’re gone forever. So yes, it’s high time to look into the best alternatives for Xmarks.
Many Xmarks alternatives
There are many alternatives for Xmarks, fortunately. We compiled a list of apps, sites, and services that you can use to keep your bookmarks safe. Not all of these services are wonderful, but many of them are worth looking at. We did just that. With a curious eye we tried every single Xmarks Alternative out there.
What we discovered
The first and major thing we discovered, is the end of cross-browser synchronization. It’s mostly dead in the water. That’s the hard truth of today. Are you looking for an exact replacement of Xmarks, you’re not going to find it. Most browsers offer handheld versions of their browser, so you can use the same programme on your laptop or standing in the train. No need to synchronize, you would say. No wonder Xmarks died.
There’s still a need
Now that most browsers promote their built-in bookmark synchronizer, you would think there’s no need for a separate solution. In this regard, we can understand the decision to retire Xmarks. Still, there are solutions out there, that really seem to offer something extra. Something the browsers just don’t seem to get a grip on.
What’s that problem? We called it fast navigation to many known destinations.
That’s where cloud-based bookmark managers come in. They don’t require you to type in the same destination all the time, as you’re required by Google. One search box, and that’s it. They even offer more than the speed dial solutions the new browsers seem to promote recently.
So, if you’re looking for functionality and beauty in your life, there are options. And if you want to work with different machines, maybe an Apple at work or a Windows at home, you could use more options than Chrome. Especially if you’re interested in supporting an independent company or developer, instead of feeding the biggest data-mogul in the world.
Moving to a different service
So, before you click through, make sure your old bookmarks are available in your new tool as well. Just make sure you’ve exported them to an HTML-file. This is the data you need, to import everything into your new tool. And then you’re off to the races!