Bookmark sync service Xmarks shutting down in 2011

By on September 28, 2010, 10:51 AM
Xmarks, the cross-browser bookmark-syncing service is calling it quits after four years of helping web users keep their favorite sites and other relevant data neat and tidy across multiple computers. The company’s co-founder and CTO Todd Agulnick posted an open letter on Xmark's blog explaining that the lack of a profitable business model and failure to sell the company led to the decision to close down the service on January 10, 2011.

The service started its life as a Firefox extension dubbed Foxmarks, but it eventually dropped the ‘Fo’ from its name and spread to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Apple's Safari, and Google's Chrome. Besides synchronizing bookmarks, Xmarks allows users to store their browsing history, saved passwords and opened tabs on a central server, and push them out to multiple browsers and operating systems.

The company tried various ways to monetize the information it acquired from its two million users, including a "smarter search" idea based on data gathered from its anonymized collection of bookmarks, enhancing Google's results or even selling ads to ranked sites -- but apparently none panned out. The prospect of finding a viable business model seemed even more unlikely as similar bookmark-syncing services were built into browsers like Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

For those of you who are sad to see the service go, the team has compiled a list of alternatives for all major browsers, including Firefox Sync, Chrome Sync, Windows Live Essentials for Internet Explorer and the $99-per-year MobileMe service for Safari. If you know of other alternatives feel free to mention them in the comments.




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Gars Gars said:

im one of those 2m sad ppl :-/

was really helpful

thanx for the list with the alternatives

regards

ruzveh said:

I just love this xmark thing which was first named foxmarks. Very happy with the service. I dont mind contributing one dollar jst to keep the service alive. Time to search for an alternative.

levar said:

its about time, im sad to see it go but it was predictable.

Swanen said:

Salute Xmarks!

You have been good friend(app) for years.

BabyFaceLee BabyFaceLee said:

Very sorry to hear this. Thanks to all at XMarks for providing such a great (free) service to the Firefox community.

prototip said:

Shocking news, I never thought it would come this

emzdhr said:

now I'am sad...

Guest said:

thank you so much xmarks! i'll miss you! *sigh* :(

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