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Think You Lost Your Firefox Bookmarks?

bookmark-backups I have had a few friend and read a few horror stories Online about people who for one reason or another have lost their Firefox bookmarks and had to start all over.  What they were not aware of is that you may not have totally lost your Firefox boomarks at all.  There are backups hidden within your PC that I bet you haven’t even checked yet.

First thing you need to do is find your profile folder for Firefox.  Depending on your operating system this may be in a different location.  If you are unsure, be sure to check out this previous post:  Where is my Firefox Profile Folder?

Once you make it in there you should see a folder named “bookmarkbackups”.  Double-click that folder, and there you have some of your saved boomkarks that you thought you had lost waiting for you to restore them.  To restore your bookmarks, you can launch Firefox, then go to “File” and then “Import”. 

Also if you want to live a little more on the dangerous side (first make sure Firefox isn’t running) you could copy one of the bookmark backups, rename it “bookmarks.html” and place it inside of your profile folder replacing the one that is not right.  As a bonus, if you need more help on how to backup Firefox using other tools – be sure to check out this previous most wanted post from the Firefox Facts archives.

Cover Flow for Bookmarks

There is no doubt that the cover flow feature on Apple machines reeks of pretty eye candy that I wish I could enjoy.  I don’t have a budget big enough for a Mac or the time to learn how to use it, so I’ll have to stick with the knock-offs for now.  BookmarksPreviews (found via Download Squad) is a new addon to Firefox that wants to copy that fresh cover flow feeling with your bookmarks.

Cover Flow for Firefox

At the time of writing this they say it works for both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3, but due to their different bookmarking systems some things might be different.  This is a very unique way of getting up close and personal with your bookmarks, and while I don’t see this making it into a future Firefox release – it is nice to see the option out there for those of us who like our eye candy.

Bookmarks by Chore or Subject?

Sort your bookmarks by task and not by subject. Over time I have learned to depend less and less on my bookmarks for getting me around the Web. Instead of searching through my bookmarks for the link I was wanting to browse again – I’ll just type it into the Google search box in Firefox if it was that hard to remember.

Most of the time, I can just type it into the address bar faster or get there another way (such as RSS subscriptions via Google Reader).

The few times I do use bookmarks, it is to check through a series of links for a task and not a subject. For an example, I have a social network folder in my bookmarks bar. There I have all my MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Hulu and other social-like sites. In another, I have my “site stuff” folder which has my Google AdSense, Google Analytics, FeedBurner and other links relating back to my various web projects.

So is my habit weird or do you find yourself doing the same?

Social Media – your top news tipster

For those of you who like to keep tabs on the popular kids in the Internet class we all sit in day after day, Social Media promises to bring together stories to let you know what place a page has on the social news networks.

Giving You the Leg Up in Social News…

This extension for Firefox wants to be your tipster when it comes to if a story is good or not. If you find out one story is doing great and it hasn’t hit the other social news site yet – nows your chance to grab it from one source and go post it somewhere else.

Social Media on the Web

Confused on how to use it? Here is how the developers explain:

To make sure it works, go to any web page and hit the manual button, it should then load how many votes that page has had across all the featured social sites, which currently includes: Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us.

I like the fact they are not doing the same ol’ stuff when it comes to rolling out yet another social network extension. I think they will need to find a better hook though to capture regular users who probably don’t exactly understand why you would want to use Social Media on a day to day basis.

Launch Tabs from Run Box

In need of a quicker way to launch Firefox with a series of tabs? You can quickly do so in Windows by clicking on the start button, then go to run (or just hit Win+R) and type in:

Firefox from the Run Command

Been playing with this for a while, and have yet to break it. Seems to work flawlessly each and every time. If you jut type in “firefox keyword” then you will get the same effect as just typing a phrase into the address bar.

Bonus: In Window Vista, the same trick works for me from the Vista search box in the start menu too. Whoo hoo for one less step!

Check out the other posts in this series:

ShareThis – Makes Link Swapping Easy!

Share it All!

It isn’t often that I find one of these social “all in one” tools that I really like. They are usually lacking in a few areas or tossing so much stuff in my face, I don’t know how to even get started. One place that seems to have learned from the bad and the good to roll out an awesome service is ShareThis.com.

This service makes it super easy to get to sharing just about anything at just about all the biggest bookmarking and social link sharing web sites out there. With the Firefox extension you gain a button for your toolbar that when hit, will pop up a box letting you e-mail the link to others or post it to your diggs, stumble upons and deliciouses of the world.

Another neat feature I have yet to see anywhere else is the ability to scan your contacts at MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, GMail, AIM and others so that when you send a link to a friend, you can pick exactly how it is sent to them an via which platform you’d like to send it.

If you don’t want to have to install the extension, you can also gain a lot of the same features by adding the bookmarklet to your links as well. All in all, I would say that ShareThis is a winner and one of the more impressive Firefox additions I have seen in a while.

Simple Delicious

SimpleDeliciousSome might complain that the various extensions for Firefox that Delicious puts out there can be a little bloated. I used both their classic and new extensions for a while, and I can’t put myself in that camp but I can see where others might have an argument.

That is where the SimpleDelicious extension comes into play. Its goal is to make managing and browsing your Delicious bookmarks a little more simple. SimpleDelicious provides realtime syncing with your online bookmarks and ease of use right from your browser. You can gain access to your bookmarks from anywhere with this Firefox extension.

So would people rather use this or the Firefox plugin that the Delicious team puts out themselves?

Add Thumbnails to Your Bookmarks

Visual ThumbnailsWith the new Visual Bookmarks Firefox extension you have a quick and painless way of adding thumbnail images to your bookmarks.

The extension lets you capture a part of a web page as an image, then add labels and tags to make a visual bookmark. You can then turn around and arrange them by that label or tag you added. Now if this comes in handy anywhere – it is for when you bookmark videos or image galleries that you want to come back to later.

It should also be noted that this uses a separate system from the existing Firefox bookmarks setup. Hopefully in future releases they will figure out a way to tie it in better.

I really like the look and feel of Visual Bookmarks. Not sure if it is helping me browse any faster, but it is nice to see those pages in one way, shape or form instead of having to say.. “Yeah, I think that was the one I wanted to click on”.

Box.net Bookmarks Sync

As if we all needed another way to backup or sync our bookmarks from computer to computer – there is now a Firefox extension that allows you to do it via Box.net and their free file hosting service.

Bookmark Backup in a Box

Here are a few kind words from the creators of the Box.net Bookmark Synchronizer extension:

Backup your bookmarks! Use the Box.net Backup tool to save your favorite bookmarks online or to sync bookmarks between multiple computers.

Does this extension do anything that the others do not? No, not really – but if you have been looking for something to do with that Box.net hosting you have, this might be one way to put it to good use.