Follow My Bookmarks: Replacing del.icio.us

I’ve been a contented user of the excellent (if unfortunately named) del.icio.us “social bookmarking” service; indeed saving bookmarks to del.icio.us has all but replaced keeping bookmarks in my browser.

But their technical problems recently, which included a long period of downtime, made me realize that relying on a third-party service to store my bookmarks left me too vulnerable to the whims of someone else: what good are bookmarks if you can’t visit them!

Additionally, del.icio.us was recently acquired by Yahoo! and that only added to my queasiness. Yahoo! may be in the geek karma sweet spot these days, but I’m not too keen on relying on them to shepherd my links.

The answer is bookmarks.ruk.ca (or bm.ruk.ca if you’re short on fingers and don’t mind the scatology), a implementation of the excellent PHP-based “del.icio.us clone” called Scuttle. Scuttle supports the del.icio.us API, so switching was as easy as a quick install, an export from del.icio.us, an import into Scuttle, and changing my pointers in the various clients I use the drink in del.icio.us data.

While I intend this primarily as a personal tool, you’re welcome to register your own account (free, easy, etc.) and use it to maintain your own bookmarks.

By the way, if you were subscribing to the old del.icio.us RSS feed, here’s the new RSS feed.

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Olle Jonsson's picture
Olle Jonsson on December 22, 2005 - 11:42

OK, signed up. I sort of miss the opportunity to import “my old stuff”.

This was the killer thing with me for the ugly Shadows.com service. That won me over.

Great look on the BM site, though.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on December 22, 2005 - 15:53

Olle, you *can* import your old stuff: go to “Add a Bookmark” and then click “Import bookmarks from del.icio.us”.

Olle Jonsson's picture
Olle Jonsson on December 22, 2005 - 16:29

Done!

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