I was shocked to receive an email from XMarks today, announcing its own demise. They’re open to ideas to keep the business alive, but barring a new solution, it will cease to operate on January 10, 2011. If you have more questions about the shutdown, see their shutdown FAQ.
I’ve looked at the alternatives and I’m not encouraged.
I use Linkman Pro for the heavy lifting of my bookmarks management. It manages over 12,000 bookmarks that I can search instantly, but I still have custom searches, shortcuts and bookmarklets in the browser. They make browsing so much faster it’s second nature, but I’d rather have my eye poked with a cattle prod than to keep all the bookmarks in multiple browsers on multiple machines in sync.
The folks at XMarks have been eminently professional in handling this shutdown, in addition to providing a quality service since the early Foxmarks days. If they do shut their doors in January, they’ll be sorely missed.