Back in 2006, a free extension for Firefox named Foxmarks made its debut. The service exploded in popularity and was later re-branded as Xmarks. Today they have a version of Xmarks for all of the major web browsers. I’ve been using it for years to keep the bookmarks on my desktop computer in sync with those on my laptop. It is always the first extension I add when installing a new browser.
To my disappointment, Xmarks notified all of its users last week that they are shutting down the service in January 2011. The company said they are out of money and cannot continue operations. They are directing users to the built-in sync features in Chrome and in the upcoming Firefox 4. Firefox 3.x users today can download the Firefox Sync add-on from Mozilla. I’m pleased that bookmark syncing is starting to be included as a standard browser feature, but that doesn’t address syncing across multiple browser types which Xmarks currently provides.
So long, Xmarks. Thank you for providing such an awesome service for free for all of these years. It’s been a good ride.