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.

-----------------------------



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