How to Export Bookmarks from Delicious?

Quite a shocker for a Friday morning to learn Yahoo is shutting down Delicious; social bookmarking service, since it was acquired in 2005. From what I’ve read, it’s due to the downsizing happening at Yahoo and Delicious isn’t the only team affected by this.

Well, let’s not dwell on the matter.

Quickly export a backup of your bookmarks, before it’s too late!

Once you’re logged in, you’ll have to navigate to the Settings.

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Settings in the Top Right area

Then, scan through the Bookmarks and find Export / Backup Bookmarks.

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Click Export / Backup bookmarks

You’re now 1-step away from relief. All you’ve to do now is click the Export button and save the generated HTML file.

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Export and Save

Hurray! You’ve successfully backed up your bookmarks and saved yourself from crying over spilled milk later. 😛

Okay. So what now?

Well, I don’t really have a recommended alternative to Delicious. Plus, an article which wrote about the Top 15 social bookmarking websites didn’t help either. Because Propeller, which was listed below Delicious, has also been shut down by AOL.

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Propeller was shut down in October 2010

Plus, Reddit doesn’t look like a website I’d put much trust in. No offence.

But I’ve checked out Diigo, which incidentally I created an account, long ago that I forgot. They allow you to store your bookmarks online and have extensions even for Chrome. In addition, they’ve nifty features like saving highlighted text, screenshots and more. But note, some features are only on a paid account. Saving bookmarks is free though.

So, I’m now using Diigo to store my bookmarks. I’ll probably find out how easy it is to retrieve certain bookmarks later as I use it. But for now, that’s my alternative.

Or, do you have a different suggestion?

My 5 Must-Install Browser Add-ons or Plugins

It was good to use Internet Explorer back in the early 90s. Simply because there wasn’t any other recommended browser, until Mozilla Firefox came about. Then when it did, I discovered add-ons which I now can’t live without. These are my must-have browser add-ons or plugins whenever I re-install my browser.

Adblock Plus (Adblock+)

adblock plus logoWithout explanation, this plugin automatically hides advertisements on the webpages you browse. So if you’re irritated by pop-ups or noisy advertisements, install this and be done with them.

However, it’s not completely perfect. I’ve noticed this plugin weirdly block a stylesheet which doesn’t affect the content but the layout. So, it’s still livable with.

Delicious

delicious logoThis is a social bookmarking plugin. Storing your bookmarks locally in your computer today is passe (dated). Because the main danger is if you had to format your computer or in worst cases, if your hard disk died, all data including your bookmarks can never be retrieved. This is where social bookmarks come in.

Web Developer

Being a website designer, this plugin has a few nifty tools. One of them is the ability to only View Image Information. Meaning, I can see all images used in a website. Plus, I can disable website stylesheets as I wish to check on certain source code. And speaking of source code, disabling right+click will not protect your website because viewing it is only a shortcut away with this plugin. Muahahahaha.

Firebug

firebug logoTo date, I only know Firebug runs in Mozilla Firefox. Google Chrome has its own internal browser investigator which near similar to Firebug. The tool I love most about Firebug is the Inspector which allows me to select any element in the website which I could then see it’s source code. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is another plugin I can use to access your source code.

Awesome Screenshot

awesome logoThis plugin was built for Google Chrome. Why I wanted to highlight this plugin was because it’s got internal editing tools after I screenshot a website. Tools like crop, shapes, lines, arrows, text and even color controls. In addition, I can even upload the screenshots like a Twitpic for easy sharing.

There a couple more add-ons or plugins I could highlight, but these are definitely my must-have installed if I ever did need to re-install my browser. They’ve become a part of my common user experience when I use the browser.

P.S.: And if you hadn’t noticed, I no set Internet Explorer as my default browser.