Thursday, February 25, 2010

Xmarks v3.5 for Firefox Coming Soon

Here's a sneak preview of two feature enhancements coming soon to the Firefox version of Xmarks Sync.

1. Smarter Search Gets a Lot Smarter

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We first launched our Smarter Search feature back in April 2009 – automatically placing an info icon next to the three most-bookmarked sites on your Google search results page. We're proud to announce a new and improved Smarter Search, which we affectionately call "stars and stripes". Smarter Search now displays more useful information about the websites on your Google page:




  • "stars" show you the average rating for a site across the entire Xmarks user community.

  • "stripes" tell you how a site ranks within its most popular topic, based on the one billion bookmarks managed by Xmarks.


We've been testing this new feature with over 200,000 Xmarks users and so far the feedback has been very positive. But if you'd like to turn the feature off, it's easy. Just un-check "Enable Smarter Search" in the Discovery Pane of your Xmarks Settings dialog:

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Combined with new ways for you to create your own site reviews, we’re excited about our new approach to web search. It will bring people-powered web site ratings and reviews directly to you, helping you search safer and smarter.

Try it out and tell us what you think! We'd love to hear your feedback.

2. New Ways to Review Sites, and Share Your Reviews on Facebook

Thanks to all the Xmarks users creating site ratings and reviews when you bookmark in Firefox. We’re seeing lots of reviews pour in, and that’s helping every Xmarks user get people-powered site reviews every time they search. In version 3.5, we’re making it even easier to create a site review simply by clicking on a row of stars in the bottom right corner of your browser:

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Once you click on a star rating, you'll have the option to write a brief review and share your thoughts, positive or negative, about the site you’re on. Checking the “Share this review” box will automatically post your review to your stream on Facebook. The first time you do this you’ll need to link your Facebook account with Xmarks – after that you can share in just one click.

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Just like Smarter Search, we’ve made it straightforward to disable this feature. Simply right-click and uncheck "Show Status Bar Stars" in the menu.
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We hope you’ll give this a try and rate some of your favorite sites – you’ll help millions of other Xmarks users discover the best sites on the Web.

8 comments:

  1. How about syncing cookies, history, extensions, or any of the other incredibly requested features instead?

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  2. I really enjoy Xmarks however lately a lot of the requested features have not been implemented such as duplicate bookmark finder, broken link checker, etc.

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  3. Great (NOT). Now my status bar is even more cluttered than before. If I switch off stars, I lose status (which I like to see so I know that my computer is crawling due to bookmarks sync).

    Adding features that cripple others == FAIL.

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  4. Hi, thank you for this great application. When will you develop one for the smartphones? There I miss my favorites so badly...
    Best wishes

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  5. Umm, no, I'm not a big fan of more social networking features. That goes off.

    Too bad they tend to get priority.

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  6. One thing I will say that I like is that search ratings are nice. Thank you.

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  7. Hi there,
    I'had been very happy with Xmarks extension which really makes my life easier to keep my bookmarks within my home and work PC up to date and also across various browsers.

    Well, after last update,I've get little bit disjointed with the amount of space requied by new feature: "Show Status & Stars"
    Can those stars be removed, that I have only in my status bar small tiny icon of Xmarks how it used to be?

    I want to see my status and have an easy access to quick synchro, but without those stars... I'm not going to rate any sites or what ever... I wish to keep my bookmarks up to date and synchro. Nothing more.

    cheers,
    -d

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  8. Until the aforementioned revision to display the stars separately is released, you can use the Stylish extension for Firefox to hide them. Make a new style using the XUL namespace, and add the following line of CSS:

    #xmarks-sbs-stars { display: none; }

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