I Think I’m Switching From Delicious to Blue Dot

thomashawk on Blue Dot Robert Scoble told me this weekend about a new company called Blue Dot that is supposed to be better than delicious for saving bookmarks. He did an interview with them for an upcoming Scoble Show episode. I think I’m going to try it out and start using it instead of delicious.

Since I’ve begun using Flock as my primary browser I haven’t been happy with delicious. I used to have two buttons on my Firefox browser with delicious where I could both add things to delicious and quickly pull up my delicious bookmarks. All I had to do to get some links to add things to blue dot and visit blue dot was drag their two tools to my browser launch screen.

And I don’t really like how with flock all these things seem to end up in my delicious account, etc.

Rather than figure it out I think I’m going to just start fresh with Blue Dot. Apparently it allows you to have both public and private bookmarks like delicious does, but it also has a third type of bookmark where you can share with groups or limited people. This seems interesting to me.

Mike Arrington said from the stage at the Future of Web Apps conference that he liked another bookmarking site personally better than delicious but declined to name the site from the stage. I think this might be the site he was talking about. For more on the company you can check out Arrington’s post here.

If you are on Blue Dot, add me as a contact. I’d love to see what links you are saving.

A question. Is there any way to get my delcious bookmarks imported into Blue Dot? Or is this yet another example of Yahoo hanging on to my data. I’m still bummed that I can’t export my calendar history out of Yahoo! Calendar and into 30 Boxes.

Update: I probably was too harsh with the comment about Yahoo! hanging on to my data. I should have spent more time researching the portability of the bookmarks as there is a way to do this as Derek points out in the comments below and Jeremy comments.

I’m probably just still bitter that there isn’t an easy way to get my Yahoo! Calendar data over to 30 Boxes.

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  1. “Or is this yet another example of Yahoo hanging on to my data.”

    Hey, before you bad-mouth Yahoo, why not spend 60 seconds and look at the del.icio.us API?

    You have full access to all your bookmarks. It was there before the aquisition and is still there.

  2. Derek says:

    Hi Thomas — Blue Dot has a del.icio.us importer integrated into the site. We also offer a del.icio.us compatible API for getting data out.

  3. Carl says:

    I’m a Spurl fan. Spurl saves and searches the whole page, not just the URL and page title. It also pushes everything you save to Del.icio.us, so you can always go back if it doesn’t work for you. FIY – I don’t really use the social networking aspects of bookmarking sites. I mainly use them as hierarchical storage for my brain.

  4. Thomas Hawk says:

    Jeremy, good point. And sorry about that. I guess I’m just still bitter about not being able to get my Yahoo! calendar data out and into 30 Boxes.

    Thanks for the pointer Derek.

  5. Eric in SF says:

    Given that only a subset of readers click through to the comments, wouldn’t it be fair to revise your body text to indicate you are able to easily migrate your bookmarks out of Delicious?

  6. Yeah, I feel your pain.

    We’ve got a lot a data silos around here to break open. But that’s why I’m working on the Developer Network these days.

    One API at a time… 🙂

  7. Thomas Hawk says:

    Hey Eric, I do say that there is a way to do this in the update on my post. See the italicized text at the bottom under update.

    It is cool that the delicious API allows this Jeremy. And thanks for your good work there at Yahoo!

  8. Eric in SF says:

    Sorry, either our posts crossed or I just failed to see it!

  9. Noah says:

    I actually really like how del.icio.us integrates with flock, which i also use as my primary browser. If flock started offering more service options such as blue dot I might try it out – but I am hooked on having my del.icio.us bookmarks show up in my search box results along with my search history and yahoo results.

  10. Alexander says:

    “del.icio.us compatible API”!

    I’ll set up a monument to you.

    I wish you know how tiring is knowing that 100+ bookmarking services has their own (absolutely incompatible, of course) APIs…

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am just trying out the new release of IE7, and find it interesting all the debate about this release versus the Firefox download. One of the most interesting aspects of the IE vs. Firefox battle is the development of the ecosystem of extensions or add-ons. It’s not just about bugs and features. Right now Firefox had a great advantage in this space but you can see Microsoft trying to catch up.
    I noticed an interesting extension called Trailfire, set up as a recommended download for IE7. See link:

    http://www.ieaddons.com/SearchResults.aspx?keywords=trailfire

    I think the ecosystem for Firefox and IE will decide who wins this battle. What do you think?