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Bookmarking Fading out?

January 24, 2010 1 comment

I ran into an issue today that I really hadn’t thought about in the past. I re-installed Vista on my laptop this weekend, and went to go check out a website and realized that Internet Explorer didn’t have the website I wanted to go check out in my Bookmarks. It was then that I realized I’ve been using Firefox for the last year or so, and the two didn’t synchronize their bookmarks together. This wasn’t much of an issue, as I just downloaded Firefox and checked out it’s bookmarks. This is when reality set in, and it dawned on me that the ‘Favorites’ directory that is stored under C:\Users\\Favorites only contains the Favorites for Internet Explorer. No big deal, I think I probably bookmarked like 12 sites over the course of the year, which got me thinking about Bookmarks and their functionality.

Search Engines have really removed the need for bookmarks. When you have Google you can just search for the item you want. My bookmarks are all sorted and kept in a clean managed state so I can find my links quickly and easily, but when you have several hundred or thousand, it’s still quicker to just search for it. Sometimes the websites initial home page URL has changed and thus your bookmark fails to find the site. How many people really use bookmarks anymore? I can see them being used for specific items such as an article, tutorial or someone’s profile, but for software, news sites or social sites, bookmarking really isn’t needed. Web browsers now feature a nice history view while entering a website and I find I use that more than anything. Typing FAC in the URL field will display the Facebook site, allowing my to simple click it and go to my profile on Facebook. Bookmarking in general I think is fading as it’s usually a slower process to find the site I need traversing my collection of bookmarks when I can just Google it or type it in the URL field of my browser.