Thursday, December 3, 2009

Laptop Magazine Awards Xmarks Editors' Choice

editors choice

'Tis the season for Xmarks awards! This time it's Laptop Magazine, reviewing Xmarks and crowning us with their Editors' Choice Award. Click here to read their full review...

Monday, November 23, 2009

SearchTabs for Chrome

SearchTabs from Xmarks

Just over a month ago we launched a new Firefox Add-on called SearchTabs. It’s an extension designed for information junkies who want to get the most out of each and every web search, and discover the best sites right on their Google page. We're happy to announce that SearchTabs is now available for Google's Chrome browser as well!

SearchTabs is still a work in progress, but we hope you’ll give it a try and send us your feedback. Visit our download page and install it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Follow Your Passion, I mean Topic!

New Topic Alerts on Xmarks.com
We see around one million new bookmarks added to our system every day. By analyzing that fire hose of data we do a pretty good job of figuring out the hottest new sites across a huge range of topics. With our new Topic Alert emails, you can be the first to know about great sites across your favorite topics.

We've added a link on all Xmarks.com topic pages labeled 'Follow This Topic'. Simply click on that link, follow the instructions and you'll start getting email alerts about your topic. Each week we check if there are new and notable sites about that topic; if so we bundle them up in an email and send it straight to you. To view or change your topic alert subscriptions, simply log in at Xmarks.com and visit your profile page (by clicking on your user name in the top right).

Sign up for a topic alert now at www.xmarks.com and follow your passion!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

PCWorld Names Xmarks in Top 100 Best Products

top_100We may be preaching to the choir on our blog, but we thought you'd like to know that PCWorld chose Xmarks as one of their top 100 best products for 2009.

We ranked #31 overall in the list, and within our software category we made the podium as the #2 best software product for 2009!

Thanks PCWorld, and congrats to our browser buddies Firefox (#42) and Chrome (#58), plus fellow browser add-on LastPass who made the list at #46.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

San Francisco Syncers: want $75?

We’re looking for Xmarks users in San Francisco to participate in a usability study that we will be conducting Nov 11th, 12th and 13th. We will be testing some unreleased features as well as improvements to a few existing ones, and are keen on learning what you think!

To participate, you must be an active Xmarks user for at least a month and be available to meet in downtown San Francisco to spend an hour with us on one of Nov 11th, 12th, or 13th. We respect your time and will compensate you with $75 for the hour that you spend with us.

If you’re interested, please write to us and let us know your preferred date and time, and your Xmarks username. We only have 5 slots available for this study, so hurry!

Sign up for the usability study

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Xmarks Hot List: Follow This!

xmarks hotlist blog imageOne of the advantages of processing about a million new bookmarks each day is that we get a pretty good picture of which sites our user community loves and which topics are grabbing their attention.  We think our users have done a great job and we'd like to share some of their best finds with you.

Xmarks has now created a new Twitter account that publishes the hottest new sites and topics.  It's the XmarksHotList, and it updates a few times a day.

Here's how we do it.  Each day as new bookmarks stream through our system, we validate them, anonymize them, aggregate them, and score them.  At the end of this process we create ranked lists of the web pages that are spiking in popularity.  Sometimes they're new diet tips and sometimes they're the first appearance on the web of an emergent technology.  This is the Xmarks Hot List.

While a number of other sites do a great job of surfacing hot news stories to read, our Xmarks Hot List is composed of the sites, images, videos, and technologies that compelled our users to bookmark them.  These are the pages that people want to save and revisit.

Come follow the XmarksHotList on Twitter and discover great new sites as fast as we do.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Introducing SearchTabs from Xmarks

SearchTabs from XmarksAs we've blogged about before, we're working hard on improving Web Search using the collective intelligence of almost a billion bookmarks.

Earlier this month we released a new Firefox Add-on called SearchTabs. It's designed for information junkies (like you and me) that want to get the most out of each and every web search, and discover the best sites right on their Google page.

SearchTabs is still a work in progress, but we hope you'll give it a try and send us your feedback. Visit www.searchtabs.com as a shortcut to our Mozilla Add-ons page and install it.

One of our favorite tech pundits and bloggers, Om Malik, wrote a great piece about SearchTabs as an example of "Augmented Search" - extending and enhancing the results produced by Google and other leading search engines.

We hope you discover some great new sites with SearchTabs. You may encounter some tabs that have poor results or seem like they're duplicates of other tabs; If so, please flag them to help improve the product. It's easy: just click on the feedback buttons that appear in the tabs:

SearchTabs Feedback

Monday, October 5, 2009

Update on Xmarks for Chrome

12/9/09 UPDATE: Google has released a new beta version of Chrome with extensions support. Xmarks is fully supported and can be installed from this page in the Google Extensions Gallery.

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We're getting lots of emails and tweets asking about Xmarks for Chrome, so we thought we'd post a quick update here.

There's an open alpha test of Xmarks for Chrome available at beta.xmarks.com. Before you get too excited, please note that Google is still in the early stages of supporting extensions on Chrome and is currently only supporting them in their "Dev Channel" version of Chrome. Translation: Xmarks for Chrome only works in the unstable Dev version of the Chrome browser and is not for the faint of heart. You can read more about the Chrome Dev Channel here.

If you're interested in living on the bleeding edge and trying the alpha Xmarks for Chrome, do the following:
1. Head over to beta.xmarks.com (you'll need your Xmarks login to gain access)
2. Look for the beta program called "Xmarks for Chrome Alpha" and click "Get Started"
3. Follow the download instructions and you'll be syncing in no time! Be sure to check out the known issues page while you're there.

I'm sure you're all wondering: when do we get a "Stable Channel" release of Xmarks for Chrome? As soon as Google releases a Stable Channel version of Chrome with extension support. Google has not released any timing specifics for this, but we are hopeful that it will happen in the near future.

Thanks for your patience as we "polish" Xmarks for Chrome!

-james

Friday, September 25, 2009

Updated Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

Today we’ve updated the Xmarks Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We’ve done this for two reasons: to make our privacy policy more human readable and understandable, and to update our terms to encompass the new features we've added and new products we're planning to release. Examples of this include user-submitted site reviews and on-site advertising on Xmarks.com.

Most importantly, we clearly state in our Privacy Policy:

• We will never lease, rent, or sell your email address.
• We will never share your synchronized passwords.
• We only use your bookmark data in aggregate (culled from over 800 million bookmarks) to power our search and discovery features.
• We provide you a way to opt-out of contributing your bookmarks to our aggregation system.

Let us know if you have any questions, and watch this blog for some exciting new product news in the coming days.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Xmarks for Safari 1.3.1 released (Snow Leopard!)

As promised, Xmarks for Safari on Snow Leopard is now stable and available for download.  For our Safari users, you should already have received an upgrade notice, but if not, feel free to grab it from our download page.    That said, if the pre-release (1.3) version works for you, or if you are still on MacOS 10.5 (Leopard), there is no compelling reason for you to upgrade at this time if you don't wish to.

We're hard at work right now on a new release (tentatively version 1.4) that will contain important updates:

  • fixes for some pernicious sync bugs that have been very difficult to track down but we're now making good headway;

  • a quieter, gentler upgrade mechanism that won't bother you so much.


We appreciate everyone's diligence and we hope to make your Safari experience with Xmarks as seamless as possible!  As always, please let us know what you think or get help in our user forum on GetSatisfaction.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Special: Xmarks Snow Leopard Edition

Many thanks to all our Safari users out there who've been patiently waiting for an update from us that will work with Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6).  We're in the final stages of QA now, and hope to make the official version available on our download site next week.

snowleopard1In the meantime, if you've already upgraded to Snow Leopard and miss your Xmarks for Safari, we have a working pre-release version if you simply can't wait another moment.  Please see this post to our GetSatisfaction forum for all the release notes and caveats, as well as the download link.  A few thousand people have already downloaded it and report happiness, so check it out and see if you'd like to join them!

Once we've completed the regression suite with the latest bug fixes, we'll make it available from our download page.  If you'd like to wait for the stable release, we'll post again here when it's ready.

Thanks again to all the users who've helped with early testing, and to all of you who've sent us words of encouragement as we've plowed through the myriad changes required for this upgrade.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Xmarks for Chrome Sneak Peek

Wow, thanks for the overwhelming response to our Xmarks for Chrome alpha! We knew we'd get a lot of interest, but we weren't quite prepared for this many willing alpha testers. We're working hard to accept everyone into the alpha as fast as possible, but it will be another week or two before the gates are fully open. In the mean time, we'd like to share a few screen shots of Xmarks for Chrome in action so you can see what's coming.

In the same style as our other extensions, we attempt to keep it simple and useful. After installing the extension a new Xmarks button is added to your Chrome toolstrip. If this is your first extension, Chrome will display the tool strip at the bottom of your browser.



Clicking the button for the first time will start the Xmarks setup wizard (the same wizard that you see after installing Xmarks on Firefox, IE, or Safari). The difference you'll probably notice is the funky URL bar at the top. This is caused by a bug in Chrome itself and will hopefully be fixed soon. (A list of other known issues is available on our wiki page.)



After successfully setting up your account, clicking the Xmarks button will bring up the main Xmarks settings dialog. It's nearly identical to the Xmarks for Firefox settings window, although it's currently missing some of our newer features like Restore, Profiles, and Discovery. Restoring older sets of bookmarks can still be done by logging into your Xmarks web account.



The advanced settings tab gives you full control over the encryption settings for your log-in and bookmark data. Here you can also trigger a manual upload or download of your bookmarks to/from your Xmarks web account.



As mentioned before, our goal is to make Xmarks for Chrome as streamlined and smooth as Xmarks for Firefox. We're not quite there yet, but the alpha test has already helped us identify and fix a few key issues. We're excited to get the rest of the alpha testers in. Thanks for your patience!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Xmarks for Chrome!

We've been swamped with requests to create a version of Xmarks for the Google Chrome browser. We're hard at work on that and, thanks to some new APIs from Google, are pleased to report that we have Xmarks synchronization working in the Windows developer channel for Chrome. The Chrome extension platform is still far from complete and our initial alpha release has many rough edges, but for you brave (and very vocal) early adopters, we wanted to get this into your hands sooner rather than later.



We’re happy to invite you to test our early alpha release of Xmarks for Chrome. The extension will synchronize your Chrome bookmarks across computers running Firefox, IE, Safari and/or Chrome. Just like our other versions, Xmarks for Chrome works quietly in the background to keep all your bookmarks the same on all of your browsers.

If you’re interested in participating in the alpha test please sign up.  This is a closed alpha, which means that you won't be able to install the extension immediately. After signing up we'll email you when you've been accepted into the program - we do this for scaling and stability reasons.

Sign up to alpha test Xmarks for Chrome

Please remember that this is an alpha release only:  it does not include support for your own server, sync profiles, or our discovery features. A full list of recent changes and known issues can be found on the Xmarks for Chrome news page.

After giving it a try, please visit our GetSatisfaction forum for feedback and feature requests. We'd love to know what you think!

You can also keep tabs on our Chrome progress by following Xmarks on Twitter: twitter.com/xmarks.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Xmarks 3.3 for Firefox released

We're pleased to announce the latest upgrade of Xmarks for Firefox is now available. This version is mostly bug fixes, but includes one cool new feature. Behold the new Restore tab in your Xmarks settings dialog:

[caption id="attachment_1136" align="aligncenter" width="362" caption=" "]Restore previous bookmark sets from Xmarks Settings[/caption]

Ever since we launched Restore last year, we've wished it was a little easier to find. For those of you who don't know about Restore, we archive a snapshot of your bookmarks each time you make a change, and we store that archive for at least 6 months on our servers. Now from the Restore tab you can browse, view, and restore your full bookmark set from these snapshots. You can also see your entire set of backups anytime or anywhere: just visit my.xmarks.com and choose "Explore and Restore Old Bookmarks" in the Tools menu.

Other significant changes in this release:

  • Fixed occasional duplication issue with cross-browser sync and merge

  • Allow login via email address

  • Better general compatibility with other Firefox add-ons

  • Fixed rare error where users could not log into some websites


If you've downloaded from our servers you should receive upgrade notices today or tomorrow; Mozilla Add-Ons should start sending upgrade notices in the next few days. If you don't want to wait, you can start now by going to our download page. Enjoy!

(Note to our Chrome fans: your wait is nearly over! Patience!)

Friday, July 24, 2009

BYOS Edition 1.0 now available

Many thanks to all our beta testers for ensuring the quality of our new Xmarks Bring Your Own Server (BYOS) Edition! Yesterday we released BYOS 1.0 to the Mozilla Add-ons sandbox.

If you have been using BYOS beta, please upgrade to 1.0 by downloading from the Mozilla site.  That will ensure that you have the most recent bug fixes, and will receive future upgrade notices from Mozilla's site.  While you're perusing the page and trying out the new extension, please submit a review!  We're also helping Mozilla test out their new contributions platform; any contribution you provide supports the continuing maintenance and development of Xmarks BYOS.

In case you missed the previous post on BYOS, please note:

  1. If you currently use Xmarks to sync with your own server and are interested in BYOS, you must first uninstall Xmarks (or Foxmarks) before installing Xmarks BYOS Edition. You will be required to re-enter your own server settings to setup Xmarks BYOS, but subsequent (infrequent) updates will remember your settings.

  2. If you’re not quite sure what it means to sync with your own server, note that this version is for advanced users only as it requires setting up your own WebDAV or FTP server to sync against. For everyone else, we recommend using the standard Xmarks version which automatically syncs and backs up your bookmarks free of charge on servers managed by the Xmarks team.

Finally, please note that Xmarks BYOS does NOT include any of the following bookmark features:

  • Automatic backup of your bookmarks to the cloud

  • Ability to restore your bookmarks to an arbitrary older version

  • Sync Profiles (so you can have different sets of bookmarks on different computers)

  • Web access to your bookmarks

  • Mobile access to your bookmarks from your phone

  • Sharing of specified folders with others

  • Suggested tags when adding new bookmarks


Each of the above features requires the use of the Xmarks server; if any of these features are of interest to you, then please use our other Xmarks add-ons.  And you're unfamiliar with any of the above features, you can learn more about it on our features page.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make Xmarks BYOS happen, and we hope our own-server users will find it useful!  Please support each other and share your feature ideas in our Xmarks BYOS user forum.

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Xmarks Beta Available (Firefox only)

Xmarks users, help us develop our newest Xmarks for Firefox features!  We’re hard at work on a set of new “Smarter Search” features and we’re inviting you to try them out and give us feedback.

Sign up for our new beta program and you’ll receive a special version of Xmarks: all the same sync features you know and love plus some cool new search and discovery features. You don’t need to re-register; all your existing bookmarks and settings will work fine as is. We hope you’ll choose to be one of the first to try this out and your feedback will be a strong voice in the product direction for Xmarks.

Click here to sign up and install Xmarks version 3.2. Once you do, just keep using the Web the way you normally do and see if you agree that Xmarks helps make your web search a little bit smarter.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

-James

p.s. before you start typing a comment to this post that we should support Chrome, please read: WE’RE REALLY WORKING ON IT! We’re just awaiting the local storage API from Google (coming soon) and hope to get Xmarks for Chrome to market quickly after that.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Introducing Xmarks "Bring Your Own Server" BETA

byos_stampWe're excited to announce the availability of Xmarks BYOS Edition BETA, a beta version of our Firefox add-on specifically designed for advanced users who wish to sync with their own servers. As promised, this version:


  • Does not communicate with our servers except to open a tab in your browser after an upgrade to tell you what's new.

  • Does not contain any Discovery features.

  • Will be upgraded much less frequently than our standard Xmarks add-ons.



If you currently use Xmarks to sync with your own server and are interested in trying out our beta release of BYOS, please first uninstall Xmarks (or Foxmarks), and then install Xmarks BYOS Edition. You will be required to re-enter your own server settings to setup Xmarks BYOS, but after that, all future upgrades will remember your settings. Please note that this is a BETA release of this software, and as a result may have some bugs we've not yet ironed out; be sure to back up your bookmarks!

If you're not quite sure what it means to sync with your own server, please be advised that this version caters to advanced users only, as it requires setting up your own WebDAV or FTP server to sync against. For everyone else, we recommend using the standard Xmarks version which will automatically sync and backup your bookmarks for free on servers managed by the Xmarks team.



Please share your feedback about the BYOS beta on GetSatisfaction!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Xmarks Wins a Webware 100 Award!

We are delighted to announce that Xmarks won a 2009 Webware 100 Award in the Browsing category, along with our supported browsers Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, and Safari.

2009 Webware 100 Award WinnerThe Webware 100 is an annual prize awarded by CNET to recognize the best of the web. This year, editors at the CNET Webware website reviewed thousands of entries in 10 different categories, selected finalists, and then opened up voting to the web. CNET unveiled the winners today after a month long voting period in which 630,000 votes were cast. Click here to see our award page on Webware.

Winners of this award are chosen by real people who care enough to vote for their favorite products. We could not have won this award without the thousands of Xmarks users who voted for us, and we deeply appreciate your support -- thank you!

We are one of ten award recipients in the Browsing category. Our congratulations to the other winners: Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, Flock, Maxthon, iGoogle, and Diigo.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Get the Buzz on Xmarks.com

We just released a few great features on Xmarks.com. Here's the scoop:

Get the Buzz on a Site

Want to know what people are saying about a site? Visit the page for that site on Xmarks.com and click on the brand new "Buzz" tab. We'll scour Twitter and find you the most recent tweets about it. Here's an example of some recent buzz on Xmarks:

Buzz Tab and Translate Feature

Along with user reviews about web sites, we think this new Buzz Tab is a great way to see what real people are saying about any given web site in real time, for example, here's the buzz on StarTrekMovie.com. If you're a hardcore Trekkie, you might also like the Xmarks topic page on Star Trek.

Translate Text

Ever stumble across a great foreign site and wish you could learn more about it? We've added a feature to each site's page on Xmarks that translates information about the site into your browser's preferred language (see above). Click the button to translate title, description, reviews and buzz. Despite our love of Star Trek mentioned above, this feature does not yet support Klingon.

Recently Reviewed

Curious about what sites people are passionate about? We now display the most recently reviewed sites on our homepage. If you're a site owner, encourage your visitors to review your site on Xmarks.com. We'll showcase your site on our homepage for a while and send visitors your way. Visit our homepage.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our Apologies

Mitch and I are writing this post specifically to address the recent negative feedback on AMO (addons.mozilla.org) about the evolution of Foxmarks into Xmarks. We definitely made some mistakes in how we rolled out our new Discovery features and we want to apologize for those and let you know what we’re doing to fix them. Anything that negatively impacts our relationship with you is something we take seriously, especially when it’s a result of our own actions.

With the upgrade to Xmarks, we’ve added two new Discovery features into the browser. One, called “Site Info”, shows you site information and similar sites when you click on the Xmarks info icon in your location bar. The second, called “Smarter Search”, adds an info icon to three sites on Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live search results. Our “top three” is based on which sites have the largest number of bookmarks in our system.

We’ve received a wave of concerns on AMO that center on the addition of these two Discovery features and how we launched them. We clearly did not do a great job of upgrading our Foxmarks users to Xmarks and again we apologize. Here are the corrective actions we are taking based on your feedback:


  • Better communication about new features before they are introduced
    For the upgrade to Xmarks we emailed users in advance and opened a browser tab post-upgrade to explain the big changes in our product. We realize that not everyone reads this content and, for major upgrades, we may need to show a more explicit modal dialog to explain the feature and provide opt in / opt out choices.


  • Clear and easy ways for users to turn a feature off
    We plan to add a persistent, easy-to-find control to our Discovery features that gives the user one-click access to the Settings for turning these features on or off.


  • Clear explanation of what data we collect and how we use it
    We are enhancing our privacy policy and privacy FAQ to provide more concise human-readable details on what data we collect and how we utilize it in our service. You can read more details in the FAQ, but the important highlights are:

    • We never publish individual bookmark data (unless you explicitly share your bookmarks using the Xmarks “Share Folder” feature).

    • We will never sell your data to anyone.

    • We only use your bookmark data in aggregate (over half a billion bookmarks) to power our Discovery features.

    • We provide users a way to opt-out of contributing their bookmarks to our aggregation system.




  • Separate add-on for users that wish to sync with their own server
    In hindsight including own-server support in our mainstream add-on was a mistake. These two use cases are fundamentally different and own-server users suffered bugs and frequent updates that were irrelevant to them as a result. To address this we are creating a separate Firefox add-on, called Xmarks B.Y.O.S., that is a stripped-down version of our full Xmarks product. It will not contain any code that communicates with our servers and it will not include our Discovery features. This will be a product for advanced users only as it requires the user to provide their own server to host their synchronization data.



Clearly our transition to Xmarks was nowhere near as smooth as we hoped, and again we’re sorry for any trouble or distress we’ve caused. While we’re passionate about our new features and have been working on them for a long time, we also realize the evolution of Foxmarks to Xmarks represents a change that not all our users are going to embrace. We hope you’ll continue to trust us with your bookmarks and join us as an Xmarks user.

Sincerely,

James Joaquin, CEO
Mitch Kapor, Chairman

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lifehacker Recommends Xmarks

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Lifehacker recently published its Top 10 Must-Have Firefox Extensions, 2009 Edition and awarded Xmarks the #1 spot! We're honored to top the Lifehacker list, and send our congratulations to our nine add-on comrades: Greasemonkey, Adblock Plus, Automatic Save Folder, Tab Mix Plus, DownThemAll!, Better Gmail 2, Personal Menu, Google Gears, and AutoCopy.

If you haven't already, check out Lifehacker's list for more details on these great Firefox add-ons.



Vote for Xmarks to win CNET's Webware 100 award



There's other good news too: Xmarks is a finalist to win CNET's Webware 100 award in the Browsing category. If you're a fan of our service, please click and vote for Xmarks (voting ends April 30th).


Friday, April 3, 2009

Xmarks for Internet Explorer and Safari






We're excited to announce that Xmarks is now available for Internet Explorer and Safari (Mac OSX)!



With the new Xmarks versions, you'll still enjoy bookmark sync, backup, and all the features you love about Foxmarks. In addition, you'll have access to Smarter Search, a new discovery feature that helps you learn more about top sites when you search on Google, Yahoo or Microsoft Live Search. IE and Safari don't include the Site Info feature yet, but will soon.

If you haven't already, please take a moment to upgrade to the new Xmarks versions. If you do nothing, you’ll receive notification of an available upgrade in the coming days as we complete the transition from Foxmarks to Xmarks.



Internet Explorer users can also download Xmarks from Microsoft's own add-ons site. If you use Internet Explorer, please share your experience by reviewing Xmarks on IEAddons.com.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Privacy Enhancements: You Asked, We Listened

It's been nearly a month since our launch of Xmarks at the DEMO conference and already hundreds of thousands of existing Foxmarks users have upgraded to Xmarks. Many of you have shared great product feedback with us and we thank you for your praise, suggestions and support.

Among the comments and questions have been a few on the topic of privacy, and how exactly we use aggregate bookmark data to power our new discovery features. You've raised some important issues and we've been listening. With this post, we hope to address your privacy concerns and show you that we are dedicated to building a great product that you can enjoy for free.

First off, a number of you have asked about the motives for adding sync and discovery features, and pondered “why not stay a pure bookmark sync utility?”. The answer is simple: we think there's immense potential for creating a discovery engine based on the wisdom of millions of people (like you), and have been in pursuit of this goal since day one (view our privacy policy from 2006). Our co-founder Mitch Kapor originally described this as “a user-driven approach to finding the information that matters on the Web”. Today we simply say that our goal for Xmarks is to help users discover the best sites on the Web.

Beyond our belief that bookmark-powered discovery can make your web searching and browsing experience better, our launch of Xmarks is important to our business. Our new discovery features have the potential to generate enough advertising revenue to allow us to keep our incredibly popular synchronization and backup service completely free. Just as Google provides a world-class search engine for free by complimenting it with advertising, we see similar opportunities for our discovery service. We have no hidden agendas - our goal is simply to build next generation tools that help people find great content online.

So how do your bookmarks fit into all this? In the same way that Amazon uses purchase trends to recommend products to millions of other shoppers ("people who bought this also bought"), or Netflix uses movie ratings to help others find great films to watch, we analyze bookmark trends to help you and others discover the best sites on the web. Just as you can't learn about individual details from these discovery features on other sites, you cannot learn about an individual's bookmarks from Xmarks.com. We simply use the collective wisdom across bookmarks to power our service and in return we provide you with our best-in-class synchronization service free of charge.

We understand that some of you are concerned about private sites leaking out to the world, but rest assured, we only make a site discoverable on Xmarks.com if a sufficient number of people have bookmarked it – a site with a small number of bookmarks gets automatically ignored. To help address your privacy questions in more detail, we've prepared a Privacy FAQ. Please take a moment to read it and let us know if we've missed something.

Finally, we’ve heard from some of you that you do not want your bookmarks to be included in aggregate by Xmarks. In response to your requests we're adding an opt-out feature that will exclude your bookmarks from our discovery engine. We'll make this available within a week in the My Account section of our website to users with a valid email address on file.

Keep the feedback coming. We’ll keep listening and working hard to make Xmarks better.

Thanks,

James Joaquin
CEO, Xmarks Inc.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Discovering Xmarks

We’re back from the DEMO conference and our successful launch of Xmarks. Xmarks was reviewed in a broad range of online blogs and magazines, including Tech Crunch, and the initial buzz on our product is very positive. If you’re interested in seeing our onstage Xmarks presentation at DEMO, you can watch it below.

As we prepare to roll out Xmarks to our current Foxmarks users, we could really use your help: please upgrade to Xmarks today, try our new discovery features, and send us feedback. Like previous Foxmarks upgrades, this one will work seamlessly with your existing account and with other computers and browsers running any version of Foxmarks.










We’re also hard at work on sync - we’re committed to extending our leadership position in browser synchronization. To that end, we need your help to prioritize the many items on our sync roadmap. Please take a minute and answer this short survey – it’s your chance to have a voice in how we evolve our product. And yes, Safari for Windows is one of the feature candidates – we definitely heard your feedback here! We’re also asking for your feedback on some potential bookmark organization features.



Stay tuned for more details; we have great stuff cooking including versions of Xmarks for Internet Explorer and Safari.

Thanks in advance for taking the sync survey and installing Xmarks!

James Joaquin
President & CEO

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Foxmarks is becoming Xmarks

I have some exciting news to share with you. Today, March 2nd 2009, we’re launching our new name and service: Xmarks. I’m actually at the DEMO conference in Palm Springs writing this post.

If you’re an existing Foxmarks user, you probably have a few questions about this launch and name change. Here are the rough highlights; we’ll be communicating with you in the coming weeks in much more detail about our plans to make this a seamless transition for all our Foxmarks members.

Our new Xmarks add-on is Firefox only. Internet Explorer and Safari versions are coming soon.



  • Xmarks is a superset of Foxmarks – it adds web discovery features to our world-class bookmark sync. Learn more here.


  • If you choose to upgrade to Xmarks, it will work seamlessly with your existing Foxmarks account and will sync with your other computers running Foxmarks. Install Xmarks here.


  • Foxmarks.com and our existing Foxmarks add-ons won’t change overnight. We expect to have upgrades to all three Foxmarks versions available by the end of March and we’ll provide you with more detailed info once we return from the DEMO conference.


  • We’re still hard at work finding better, faster ways to sync more things in your browser.



We’d love to hear what you think of our new Xmarks site and add-on, please drop us a line.

You can also follow us on Twitter.

Regards,

James Joaquin
CEO, Xmarks Inc.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Foxmarks for Safari 4 Beta


It's clear that Safari users love Foxmarks for Safari. In the last three weeks, we've had close to 100,000 downloads and lots of great press. We're happy to be serving an important need for Safari users, and so were even more delighted yesterday when we found that many of you had started using Foxmarks on Apple's freshly released Safari 4 Beta.

As part of all the excitement around the new browser, many of you have written in to us (and on Twitter) asking about Foxmarks compatibility and support for Safari 4 Beta. So without further ado, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:


  • Safari 4 Beta supported on Mac OS X 10.5+ with caveats
    Foxmarks works with Safari 4 Beta on Mac OS X 10.5, but we know that external ordering changes to items in the Bookmarks Bar folder do not show up in Safari. We encourage you to try Foxmarks with Safari 4 Beta, but warn that Safari 4 is beta software and may cause other problems. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.

  • Safari 3 fully supported on Mac OS X 10.5+
    Foxmarks is fully compatible with Safari 3.

  • Windows not currently supported
    Foxmarks for Safari does not currently work on Windows. However, based on your requests, we are contemplating supporting Windows in the future.

  • No plans to support versions of Mac OS X prior to 10.5
    Apple made significant changes to several aspects of Mac OS X in 10.5 that make it very difficult to support earlier versions without a complete rewrite of the software. We chose instead to focus on building the best possible product for the newer platform.



Friday, February 13, 2009

Foxmarks for Firefox 2.7.2 Released: Suggested Tags and More!

We just released Foxmarks 2.7.2. This release includes the new Suggested Tags feature as well as several bug fixes since our last release in November. Firefox users will see an upgrade notice in the next couple of days.

We first made the Suggested Tags feature available on our blog a few weeks ago. Since then, we've improved our recommendation algorithm to return even better tag suggestions.

Learn about Suggested Tags from our earlier post about this feature.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Big News: Foxmarks for IE and Safari


We’re proud to announce that today Foxmarks brings bookmark synchronization to the three most popular Web browsers in the world: Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari!



Foxmarks Multi-Browser Support: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari


I want to share with you our motivations for extending our sync service beyond Firefox. First, we’ve received an enormous number of customer requests to support other browsers and we always try to act on feedback from our users (like we did with password sync). Secondly, we’re seeing an industry-wide phenomenon of consumers using more than one computer. With the ‘netbook’ era upon us, more and more people have a need to stay in sync as they access the Web across multiple devices.

At Foxmarks, our belief is that the best sync solution is one that spans all major browsers and operating systems (and yes we plan to support Google Chrome in the near future). It gives you, the user, the maximum choice and flexibility now and in the future.

Supporting these new platforms has not been easy. It has required us to solve unique engineering challenges with the respective browsers and operating systems. With so much complexity, there is no way that we could have released a high quality product without the help of thousands of beta testers. We send you our warmest thanks for your continued help and support.

In preparation for this big launch I made a trip to Washington DC to present our new set of products to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, one of the most influential technology journalists in the world. In the days that followed, I can’t tell you what a challenging and rewarding experience it was having our product tested by Walt. He found several issues (that have now been fixed) as he worked to thoroughly explore all the features of Foxmarks while synchronizing across 7 computers and 12 different browsers! Walt's conclusion:


"Foxmarks is a clever, well-done product that can help
users of multiple computers and multiple browsers
to keep their Web lives in order."


Read the complete review on Walt's All Things Digital blog.

I hope you like our new products that bring Foxmarks to all major Web browsers. For all you IE and Safari users out there wondering why it’s still called “Foxmarks” I’ll let you in on a secret – we’ll be changing our company and product name soon! Please stay tuned…

Regards,
James Joaquin
CEO, Foxmarks Inc.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Get a Sneak Peek of Our New Feature: Suggested Tags

We are excited to announce Suggested Tags, a new feature that will recommend a list of relevant tags each time you bookmark a site.

What makes this feature especially useful is that you can instantly find tagged bookmarks by typing tag names into the Firefox 3 location bar. This is one of the quickest ways to organize and recall bookmarks in Firefox 3. However, if you don't use tags, you can turn off this feature via Foxmarks Settings.

Suggested Tags is currently available only for the Firefox browser and suggests only English tags. We will add support for other browsers and languages in the future.

We aren't releasing this feature as an automatic upgrade yet, but you can try it out early by downloading it right here:

So how does it work? As you may know, Foxmarks manages over half a billion bookmarks every day. We're now putting this data to work for you by analyzing this giant collection of information to determine the best tags for your bookmark. As always, we are careful to protect your privacy and our algorithms will never expose any personally identifying information.

We hope Suggested Tags helps you better manage your bookmarks. Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Seeking Seattle Syncers

UPDATE: All slots have been filled, but if you’re interested in participating in future studies, please sign up via the link below. Thanks to all who signed up!

We’re looking for Foxmarks users in Seattle to participate in a usability study that we will be conducting the first week of February (2 - 6). We will be testing some of our latest features as well as improvements to a few existing ones, and are keen on learning what you think!

To participate, you need to have been a Foxmarks user for at least a month and must be available to meet in the U-District or alternatively, somewhere in the greater Seattle metro area to spend an hour with us the week of Feb 2 - 6. We respect your time and will compensate you with $75 for the hour that you spend with us.

If you’re interested, please write to us and let us know (a) the times when you’ll be free that week , (b) if you are able to meet in the U-District or where would be most convenient for you and (c) your Foxmarks username. We only have 5 slots available for this study, so hurry!

Sign up for the usability study

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Brief downtime Friday 10am PST: COMPLETED

UPDATE: Downtime completed; thanks for your patience!

Foxmarks will be mostly unavailable Friday, January 16th, 10am-11am PST. We'll post here once we're back up, and we'll also post updates in our Get Satisfaction forums.

During this downtime, sync will not work, and most Foxmarks website access will be unavailable. (The Foxmarks blog will also likely be inaccessible.)

If you have any questions or concerns, please post them at Get Satisfaction.

Thanks for Foxmarking!