Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Foxmarks goes Mobile

In our ongoing effort to provide you with extreme powers of flexibility in accessing your bookmarks, we are pleased to announce the alpha launch of My Foxmarks Mobile, ideally suited for use on mobile phones.

Starting with the standard desktop version of My Foxmarks, we boiled it down to its essence, leaving you with a tiny version of My Foxmarks that's optimized to your phone's small screen and for the most frequent task when you're on the go -- quickly accessing one of your bookmarks.

We're releasing My Foxmarks Mobile as an alpha version because, frankly, our testing on different phones has been less than comprehensive. We know it works well on our phones. Does it work on yours? Give it a shot and let us know in the comments section here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

We're back!

We're pleased to announce that all public-facing services are back in order again in our new colo. Allan + Elves pulled through again, completing the transition in well under the 6 hours that they had estimated -- a good thing, too, as part of the deal we didn't tell you about was that I was shackled underwater in a glass tank during the process.

If you have any trouble syncing, or otherwise accessing your account or our website, please contact us at customer support.

Thanks for your patience, and apologies for any inconvenience you might have experienced.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Planned Downtime: We're Moving!

Allan and the Elves are planning to turn off the Foxmarks service at 10am PDT, Saturday, July 28, 2007 so that they can move the service to a new colocation facility. They anticipate that total downtime will not exceed 6 hours, but there's always some risk in these activities.

We'll post again just before the service goes down, and once more when we believe it's back to normal. Apologies in advance for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New! My Foxmarks: Manage your bookmarks on the web

Yesterday we quietly took the wraps off a brand-spanking new version of My Foxmarks. Where the old version was decidedly paltry, what's available now (in beta) is chock full of AJAX and JSON and other such nutritional ingredients, none of which matters to you in the least other than that you can now manage your bookmarks -- online, from any connected browser -- in a way that you could do previously only from your own computer.

You can add, delete, and modify bookmarks, folders and separators. You can use drag-n-drop to move things around. You can search your bookmarks in a way that we (in all humility) suggest is better than anything else out there. And there's a "grid" view that allows you to see all of your bookmarks in a flat list, sorted in any way you choose.

We're excited to be able offer a more full-flavored web presence, and we'll continue to push forward to add in more useful features, especially those that make more sense on the web than on the desktop. And since underneath the hood My Foxmarks is still Foxmarks all the way down, any changes that you make to your bookmarks on the web will sync back to your browser, keeping everything squared away. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Whipping up My Foxmarks in the Foxmarks development kitchen is Patrick Corcoran, who joined the company in April as Interface Director. Patrick is one of the rare breed who straddles the divide between User Experience expert and Software Development wizard. The look, feel, and operation of My Foxmarks are all Patrick's concoction. We're thrilled to have him on board.

We'd also be remiss if we failed to acknowledge Allan Bailey, who played sous chef to Patrick's Executive Chef on this project. Allan is another straddler, in his case between software development and operations. Allan's been on the team for about a year; he developed the server that we've been using for the past 8 months to synchronize your bookmarks. For the My Foxmarks launch, he developed the glue that allows My Foxmarks to talk to that server, while simultaneously managing the operational deployment of the new system. (Yes, we know that in the past we suggested that it was elves that keep our servers running. That was a slight misdirection: it is, in fact, Allan and the elves.)

We'll continue to introduce more members of the team as we go. In the meantime, let us know what you think of our latest; we hope you like it.