Friday, February 19, 2010

Experimental Feature: Search Within Bookmark Folders

One of the things we're working on here at Xmarks is an easy way to search across all the sites within a folder of bookmarks. Our first step is an experimental feature we've added to shared folders - folders of bookmarks that have been explicitly made public via

Starting today, you can use Google to search the sites you've bookmarked using the search box on each shared folder page. The search box appears automatically for any Xmarks shared folders. Here's an example of a shared folder of sites about Movies:

Shared Folder Search

Searching within this folder delivers Google results *only* from the web sites bookmarked in that folder. Here's an example search within the Movie folder:

Movie Search Results

You can try this with one of your own bookmark folders by turning on sharing at Just log in with your Xmarks account, click on the folder you want to share, and click the "Share" button in the toolbar. This will give you a URL for a searchable web page for that shared folder, like this:

Folder Sharing

We think this adds a whole new dimension to bookmarks and creates some interesting new uses for bookmark folders. Where do we go from here? Should this search feature be part of your bookmark folders within the browser?

You can help by trying out bookmark folder search and answering this quick three question survey: