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Saturday, May 28th, 2005, 7:36 am

Del.icio.us Import and Export

Gentle Introduction to Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us is a fast-growing social bookmarks network. It enables people to centralise their bookmarks (favourites) on-line, share them with others, and even view bookmarks of people whose interests intersect. This also provides insight into the popularity of links.

Each bookmark in Del.icio.us can be delivered as an RSS feed, which can then be added to the native browser as a live bookmark, i.e. a dynamic bookmark whose source is remote. Bookmarks as such are still significantly slower than a personal portal.

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An example of a del.icio.us bookmark

Import/Export in Del.icio.us

Here is one major pitfall: Del.icio.us do not yet incorporate import and export facilities, which is surprising. This has two implications:

  • All bookmarks are dependent upon a remote source, namely del.icio.us. They may not always be available and there is a vendor lock-in situation.
  • Assemblage of bookmarks must begin from scratch, with little or no chance for re-use.

There are third-party solutions, but they are not ideal:

2 Responses to “Del.icio.us Import and Export”

  1. Seun Osewa Says:

    Del.icio.us now has a function for exporting bookmarks in browser bookmark format. Goto http://del.icio.us/settings/your-username/export and enjoy!

  2. Melroy van den Berg Says:

    NO…
    You must go to; http://save.web-share.nl

    THe best favoriets database with php, you can import you file, add in categories and much more…

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