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Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.


I finally decided to start using del.icio.us to manage my bookmarks, because I have a disorganized collection residing on multiple computers and in multiple browsers - I can never find what I'm looking for. As an example, I can never remember the name of that Web site where you can check any mailbox or that list of PHP powered sites. Of course, this also means that it will take me quite a while to locate all of my bookmarks and import them into my del.icio.us bookmark collection.

Now, if only there were browser plugins for Firefox and Safari that integrated del.icio.us into the standard bookmark mechanism (with some intelligent caching to minimize traffic). I should be able to add a bookmark on any of my computers and see it in my bookmarks list on any other, and all that should be required is that I first set things up with my username and password. I should also be able to indicate whether a bookmark is public (del.icio.us) or private (local). If del.icio.us supported private bookmarks, there could be a third option.

I've looked at this Firefox extension, but I fail to see what it offers that I don't already have. Giving me the ability to post is great and all, but this bookmarklet already does that (I use the popup version).

So, if anyone is looking for a great project, write a del.icio.us Firefox extension. I would ask Apple to do the same for Safari, but I'll be satisfied when they finally fix the bug that prevents tabbing to select lists within HTML forms. If a browser can't handle simple HTML form elements correctly, del.icio.us integration is a bit too much to ask.

I think Joshua Schachter has created a really useful tool. Here's hoping that browsers catch up.

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del.icio.us was posted on Tue, 07 Sep 2004. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Aaron Wormus said:

They have already integrated RSS feeds directly into Firefox in the CVS. We should be able to treat a RSS feed just like a folder containing bookmarks in the very near future.

More information: http://blog.codefront.net/archives/2004/07/13/rss-feed-integration-in-firefox

Tue, 07 Sep 2004 at 11:39:58 GMT Link

2.Mitch Pirtle said:

Why not just use the Bookmarks Synchronizer extension and keep your bookmarks file on an FTP server somewhere?


Tue, 07 Sep 2004 at 14:08:38 GMT Link

3.Chris Shiflett said:

Thanks for the links.

Aaron, that "Livemarks" thing looks like it might do the trick, but only in terms of receiving data. Because del.icio.us already provides me with those nice bookmarklets for posting, it won't be a problem, but it would be nice to see all of this integrated seamlessly and created specifically for this purpose.

Mitch, that extension looks more complete in terms of both sending and receiving data, but I personally don't have a public FTP server anywhere. I noticed a lot of comments asking for SFTP support, so maybe that will be added eventually. I'm also particularly fond of del.icio.us, so I'd prefer to see these two ideas merge.

Thanks again for the links.

Tue, 07 Sep 2004 at 17:52:47 GMT Link

4.Ben Ramsey said:

Have you taken a look at Furl? (http://www.furl.net/members/ramsey)

It appears to be very similar to del.icio.us, but it also caches the page you bookmarked so that, in case it changes or disappears, you have a copy of it from the time you bookmarked it. The only problem I see is that it doesn't seem to have the social features built into it that tell you how many people have linked to the same site and who they are.

Thu, 09 Sep 2004 at 21:27:53 GMT Link

5.Chris Shiflett said:

My links page now uses del.icio.us:


It's pretty ugly at the moment, since I just hacked something together quickly using a class I found (guess where I found it):


Thu, 16 Sep 2004 at 04:42:57 GMT Link

6.Chris Shiflett said:

There is a better Firefox extension now. I blogged about it here:


Mon, 14 Mar 2005 at 20:48:39 GMT Link

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