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I have been using del.icio.us for quite sometime now. But, I felt it’s high time I choose a different bookmark manager, for the following reasons:

  • I have gathered a huge list of bookmarks over time. Found it a little difficult to manage them using del.icio.us, partly because of my bad habit of using too many distinct tags
  • There were a good chunk of bookmarks, which were either redundant or of no more use
  • Firefox Addons for del.icio.us (at least the ones I tried) were too slow and not user friendly. I have never had good experience with them
  • I use my bookmarks for private purposes. A bookmark sharing utility like del.icio.us doesn’t add a great value to my purpose

So I decided to give a try at Google Bookmarks. Following were the steps I followed, before I successfully migrated all my essential bookmarks.

  • Install Google Toolbar for Firefox, from here
  • Export bookmarks from del.icio.us as a HTML file. This is a relatively simple task!!
  • Import the bookmarks HTML file to Firefox
  • In the Google Toolbar, click on ‘Bookmarks -> Import Firefox Bookmarks
  • Voila!! All bookmarks will be imported. You can choose to Edit/Remove any bookmarks and their labels
  • You are done!!

Now you can access your bookmarks from your Google Toolbar.

Following are the advantages I found (so far)

  1. Accessing the bookmarks from Google Toolbar is extremely fast
  2. All bookmarks are private and secure
  3. Adding bookmarks is highly simplified. You will never know that they actually get stored in Server. Performance is similar to adding local bookmarks to your browser

How can Google Bookmarks be improved:

  1. Direct import facility from del.icio.us and other popular Online Bookmark managers
  2. Sub-tag feature can be introduced (like Blogs -> Technology, etc.)

Overall, I started loving Google Bookmarks!!

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Wiki for companies

It really excites you, when something you thought about, is given a shape.  When I was in the midst of my job hunt couple of months back, I was thinking about some Web 2.0 application, similar to LinkedIn, to market companies and publish information.  When I was running through the TechCrunch posts on my GReader, I found this!  I think, once people start adding and editing information, this will be an yet another pleasing Web 2.0 app…

http://www.crunchbase.com/company/linkedin

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I spent close to 30 minutes this morning on Yahoo! Buzz, to get an idea on what it has to offer me.  Emulating the Digg model, Yahoo! Buzz tries to mashup popular news from different parts of the world.  Ranking is based on the popularity of the news item, assigned by the readers.

Seems to be a good Web 2.0 application!  But, coming from the ‘Google Reader World’, I was able to notice a few things that begs for improvment.

 “more>” is more messy

First one is about the “more>” link on a new item.  I found out that clicking on the “more>” link reloads the entire page.  Also, on clicking the “more>” link displays only a little more information, that what you see at the onset.   For instance, I saw the following info about a news item at the onset – “China, with the help of state-controlled news agencies, can sometimes pull one over on the people.”.  On clicking the “more>” link, I could see the following – “China, with the help of state-controlled news agencies, can sometimes pull one over on the people. But not this time—pesky environmentalists and photography nerds have exposed a fake photo published by the Chinese media, leading to a rare apology.”  You can notice that the entire page reloads on clicking “more>”, just to achieve the following – i) one more line on the news item, ii) updating the bottom section with related news.  Instead, I would love to see the news section, for the corresponding item expand with the elaborate news (as against reloading the entire page), in ‘Google Reader Style’, from where the user can go (if necessary) to the real news item in the appropriate page.

Enhance the filter criteria…

Right now, the filter criteria under a particular category is time based.  One will be able to filter news based on hours, days, months etc.  This can be improved, to provide context based filter criteria.  For instance, under the “World” category, a filter criteria based on regions or major countries would be appreciated by international readers.

These were the couple of things that came to my mind.  Add your views on Yahoo! Buzz, as a comment to this post.

Overall, I loved Yahoo! Buzz and waiting to see the toppings, that Yahoo! plans to add 🙂

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Finally, the much awaited Google Docs Presentation is here! I took the first sip, by creating a sample presentation which can be accessed here.

Presentation templates are limited and that is very much expected in the Beta launch. Nevertheless, it has almost all the basic features that a desktop based Presentation software has. You can give your presentation online by just publishing/sharing the document. A chat window on the right side of the online presentation helps to have a real time conversation. You can couple this with Google Talk and there you go for a conference, with a presentation!!

But I am really keeping my fingers crossed for the SlideRocket 🙂

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