ActiveRain Tutorials: Xmarks the Spot! ~Sharing Bookmarks Across Multiple Computers

Xmarks the Spot! ~Sharing Bookmarks Across Multiple Computers

Sharing Your Bookmarks Across Multiple Computers.

Over the past few weeks I have had many of our members here ask how they can save bookmarks on our network.  If you didn't know, ActiveRain offers you a really easy way to bookmark all of your favorite posts on the network & save them for future reading or referencing when you are working on an adding some awesome feature to your blog.  If you are anything like me, you use more than one computer on a fairly regular basis.  One of the awesome benefits of using the ActiveRain Bookmarks is that it allows How to Bookmark on ActiveRainyou to access these bookmarked post from any computer that you sign into.  Right now I would guess I have around 75-100 different posts bookmarked on ActiveRain. If you are not familiar with ActiveRain's great bookmarking feature and how to use it, here is a post I wrote a long time ago on How to Bookmark Posts on ActiveRain.

This past weekend, I decided to take total advantage of South Carolina's Tax Free weekend & go out & finally replace my laptop.  My good old Dell Inspiron served me really well during my real estate selling days.  I took that thing with me everywhere.  But, from years of using & aging, the technology is starting to slow down, and a few of the keys are needing to be pushed just a little bit harder to type.  Plus, my father who is still selling real estate in Myrtle Beach needs it for work.  So, I made a trip to the local Best Buy & picked up a 15" Macbook Pro.

With the easy bookmarking feature of ActiveRain I had no concern of keeping my bookmarks on the network.  But what about my bookmarks that aren't on ActiveRain? So, I opened firefox & looked for an add-on.  That is when I came across Xmarks.  This free add-on has allowed me to seamlessly share every single bookmark I have saved on the desktop computer with the laptop.  Not only did it sync my bookmarks, it also brought over my bookmark

So whether I am sitting at my desk, or out somewhere on my laptops, I have all my bookmarks on both computers in the exact same locations.  What is even cooler is that Xmarks can sync across different browsers.  This means I can not only sync from my desktop to my Laptop, but I could also transfer from Mac to PC if needed.  This add-on also works on Internet Explorer, Firefox & Safari web browsers. 

How it works.  Once you download & install the application onto your computer you are then asked to create a free online account with Xmarks.  Once you have your account set up, you will be prompted to automatically upload your bookmarks to their servers.  Then, go to another computer & repeat the process.  Then, whenever you make changes to your bookmarks, simply sync on each computer & and your lists are updated.

Here is where this add-on gets even cooler.  Have you ever had a computer crash & lose everything?  I know I have had that happen & was so beside of myself trying to remember everything that I had lost.  Because Xmarks keeps a master list of your bookmarks on their servers & not just on your computer, Xmarks works as a backup solution for your bookmarks.  No more worrying about losing your bookmarks or not being able to access a needed link because you bookmarked the site on another computer. 

You can also access your list if bookmarks directly on the server without having to download them to the computer.  Example:  You are over at a friends house & you want to share that awesome Barbecue Chicken Recipe Video that yours truly made. You don't have your computer with you so you have a few options:

  1. You wait till you get home & try to remember to look it up in your bookmarks, but end up forgetting & only sharing 3 weeks later when your friend pesters you again for the recipe.
  2. You open Google on your friends computer & start doing searches to find the recipe.  Because there are so many search results you spend 30 minutes searching for the correct one, because you KNOW from making it yourself that it is the BEST Barbecue Chicken Recipe.
  3. You call your spouse who is at home & bug them to go to your computer, boot it up, search through your bookmarks & find the recipe.  Then, wait patiently as you have to spell letter by letter your friends email address for them to email you the link.  You & your friend sit waiting for 20 minutes and still no email comes through because your spouse had a typo in email address. 

While these are options you would normally do, the results can be very time consuming & frustrating.  If you have your account set up, you could simply visit and pull up your own bookmarks right on their website.  In a matter seconds you can login, find the link in your online folder & share with your friend the link. Once you upload to the server, you can access from any computer at any moment.

So, check out Xmarks, it is the easiest way to share your bookmarks across multiple computers.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsJeremy Blanton • August 10 2009 11:34AM


Nice idea. Thanks for keeping us on top of the everchanging technology.

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES about 11 years ago

"So, I made a trip to the local Best Buy & picked up a 15" Macbook Pro" 
don't look down on those of us who are still PCs. 

I have been looking for something like Xmarks.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 11 years ago

Jeremy --- as soon as I leave here, I am going to Xmarks   --- thanks for the tip --- you are awesome and thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 11 years ago

Jeremy - This looks like a great tool.  I am in the market for a Macbook Pro myself sometime in the very near future!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago

Jason- I had to take advantage of Tax Free Weekend in SC.  It saved me over $150 on taxes!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 11 years ago

That's a great point! 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago