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By Alyssa Gregory

10 Xmarks Alternatives for Bookmark Syncing

By Alyssa Gregory
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Earlier this week, Craig shared the devastating news that Xmarks would be discontinuing their cross-browser bookmark syncing. There really isn’t another identical service out there, so this is upsetting news for the 2 million users who have relied on Xmarks to have automatic access to their bookmarks, regardless of the browser they are using or computer they are on.

It’s clear that it will be a challenge to find an adequate Xmarks replacement, so many users out there are hoping Xmarks changes pace, gets bought by one of the big names, or possibly even pushes the service open source so it can continue on. But, if none of those possibilities come to fruition, we need an alternative to Xmarks so we can continue syncing bookmarks.

Here are a few possibilities and while they may not unilaterally replace everything Xmarks did in the same way, one of these might be a suitable Xmarks replacement for you.

Note: I’m still exploring the options for my own use, but I’d love to hear what alternatives you’ve found. Is there a better solution out there? Share in the comments below!

BookMacster

A bookmark syncing tool for Mac users that lets users organize bookmarks into collections, then automatically sync across browsers and on multiple Macs. There is a demo, then a one-time licensing fee is required.

Chrome Sync

A free built-in bookmark syncing functionality that allows Chrome users to sync their bookmarks across Chrome browsers on any computer.

Delicious

A social bookmarking service that allows you to save links online and access them from any computer or browser. There are also bookmarklets and plug-ins for browser-specific bookmarking.

Evernote

A note-taking application that provides a non-traditional way to save and sync bookmarks through the cross-platform syncing functionality. By running Evernote across your various devices and saving links into the URL field in new notes (or using the Web Clipper tool),  you can bypass the browser-specific bookmark utility.

Firefox Sync

A free bookmark syncing add-on for Firefox users that allows you to sync and access your bookmarks in Firefox on different computers.

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Mobile Me

A paid service that allows you to sync data across your Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad, including your bookmark folders.

Read It Later

A tool that gives you access to a reading list across all of your devices that can also be used to bookmark websites and access them from multiple browsers, multiple computers and mobile devices.

Sync2It

A free bookmark synchronizer that syncs all of your bookmarks automatically across different computers, different platforms, and various browsers. All bookmarks are keep private, and there is also access from mobile devices.

TidyFavorites

A Windows application that synchronizes your bookmarks across IE, Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome. The free version allows you to sync manually and an upgraded Pro version includes automatic synchronization.

Windows Live Sync

A free syncing program that is part of Windows Live Essentials and allows you to sync files across multiple Windows PCs, including your bookmark folders.

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