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organizing bookmarksBookmarks as be aren’t a highly imaginative system – a list of URLs. This puts a number of strict limits on their use.

Most importantly, a limit in quantity. As the number of bookmarks increase, the overview of your bookmarks fails, and makes it harder to find anything. And so we end up with a mostly static list of ‘privileged’ bookmarks.

The solution is called Historious. It’s an interesting mix of Delicious and Google, and maybe the next bookmarking revolution.

Historious

The idea behind Historious is simple. Instead of storing bookmarks in folders, they’re all individually indexed; just like Google does with the whole of the internet, to create your personalized search world. This search engine, which can be used in every browser, across computers, allows you to search both by title and content of the indexed pages.

organizing bookmarks

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Historious might just be the future of bookmarks. It has the whole package; free, located in the cloud, and the general overview actually improves with an increase of quantity. While using this service, my bookmarks have surpassed the privileged (and static) two dozen websites, now growing with a couple of websites per day.

How it works

Historious works across browsers by bookmarklet. A bookmarklet is a (regular) bookmark that executes a bit of Javascript code. You’ll be able to add it to your bookmarks bar after you’ve completed (free) registration. Alternatively, there’s also a Google Chrome extension. This works exactly the same as the bookmarklet, and nothing keeps you from using the extension on one computer and the bookmarklet on another.

organizing bookmarks

If you spot a page you’d like to historify, simply press the bookmarklet or extension button. The extension will briefly light up, where the bookmarklet will keep you informed of the indexing process (usually 2-3 seconds) with notifications, as can be seen below.

organizing bookmarks

To search with Historious, simply go to

http://USERNAME.histori.us/

, after inserting your username in the link. In most browsers, you’ll also be able to add it to your in-browser search pane, making your bookmarks always readily accessible. Historious search looks a lot like a red-themed Google, complete with ‘feeling lucky’ button and cached pages. If you choose, you can publish your bookmarks, and make your search engine accesible to everyone via your URL.

bookmark software

If you can see yourself in need of old-fashioned bookmarks, Historious also allows you to list all of your bookmarks, again looking like a search result. This option allows you to browse your bookmarks if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.

Importing and Exporting

It’s easy to import your existing bookmarks into Historious, although the process still has to be done manually. Simply point your browser to

http://USERNAME.historio.us/add/

, after inserting your username in the link. There, you either put in a list of site addresses, or upload a bookmarks file that’s exported from your browser, or an online service like Delicious.

bookmark software

Fortunately, you can also migrate your Historious bookmarks if you ever grow tired of the service by pointing your browser to

http://USERNAME.historio.us/export/

. This will list all URLs that have been added so far.

What do you think of Historious? The future of bookmarks? Let us know your two cents in the comments below.

  1. Srobi
    March 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Previous comment was from 2010? Not encouraging.

  2. Srobi
    March 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I'd like to try the search capability using my existing bookmarks but am not able to import them. I get a "reloading servers" message.

  3. Johan Klos
    August 14, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Seems like a handy thing to have... I'm using Chrome mostly nowadays, and I'd very much like the omnibar to search historious and, if it doesn't find it, do a normal google search for the word I've entered... wonder if that'd be possible

  4. navin gurnani
    August 14, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Very helpful to me in the long run.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. navin gurnani
    August 14, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Very helpful to me in the long run.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Roriz
    August 14, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Can't live without anymore...

  7. RgaDawg
    August 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Nice article, I'm gonna look at it. Sounds useful. For the dude wanting to keep offline pages, look at ScrapBook Plus Addon for FireFox. Then for a totally client side Bookmark program check out, LinksStash from Xrayz Software.

  8. Simon Slangen
    August 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Tim,

    To add tags,
    1. Go to your personal Historious
    2. 'show all sites' or perform a search
    3. Click 'tag' below any of the results to manually add tags

    Hope this helps. :-)

  9. Simon Slangen
    August 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Looks like a great tool (and not just for bookmarking).

    Besides offering bookmarks in the cloud, you also seem to be able to clip and annotate webpages - a Delicious/Evernote hybrid in your browser and on mobile. I'd only miss the extensive search and indexing that Historious offers.

    Thanks for the tip. :-)

  10. Todayscyrano
    August 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Nicely written article; good flow, easy to follow - but not TOO easy.... From the sounds of this article, this does sound like the next step in bookmarking. I use Xmarks to backup and sync; but it is clunky to navigate and edit. Delicious is nice, but I never 'got into' the interface. This sounds like it will evolve or grow with the user and make searching more personal.

  11. DopePriest
    August 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    You can use Evernote to do that.
    You can clip complete web pages and have them available offline, using one of their desktop clients.
    http://www.evernote.com

  12. Aibek
    August 11, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I am sure there are such programs out there. Ask it on MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answe...

  13. timmyjohnboy
    August 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I like how it turns us to search rather than folders and tags. I would, however, miss the use of tags when looking for a specific article or browsing a specific subject.

    The site talks about having tags but I don't see them anywhere. Is it possible to add a tag to a link or group of links?

  14. timmyjohnboy
    August 10, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I like how it turns us to search rather than folders and tags. I would, however, miss the use of tags when looking for a specific article or browsing a specific subject.

    The site talks about having tags but I don't see them anywhere. Is it possible to add a tag to a link or group of links?

    • Simon Slangen
      August 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Tim,

      To add tags,
      1. Go to your personal Historious
      2. 'show all sites' or perform a search
      3. Click 'tag' below any of the results to manually add tags

      Hope this helps. :-)

      • timmyjohnboy
        August 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm

        It does very much. Thank you.

  15. Nat Jay
    August 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Concept is new and quite nifty. I can see some SEO benefits down the line as well. Overall, Historio.us is one tool I'll be adding to my bookmarking list. Let's see how the service pans out over time.

  16. Nat Jay
    August 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Concept is new and quite nifty. I can see some SEO benefits down the line as well. Overall, Historio.us is one tool I'll be adding to my bookmarking list. Let's see how the service pans out over time.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

      Let us know how you like it after have used for some time.

  17. Helnes
    August 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Liked this one a lot! :)

  18. Saikat Basu
    August 9, 2010 at 3:55 am

    It looks like a direct competitor to Xmarks.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

      Strange, I didn't even know the Xmarks offered similar functionality. I only use it to sync/backup my bookmarks.

      • Saikat Basu
        August 11, 2010 at 7:21 am

        My bad! That was the first impression. It is different. Its USP seems to be that one does not need to enter any extra info, Historious does it automatically by searching inside the content of the pages. It functions more like an auto-indexer. Now, IMHO, with Xmarks, Read It Later, and Historious, we don't need anything else to record our browsings.

        • Simon Slangen
          August 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

          If only Historious would offer a bookmarks dropdown menu as well (oldschool), it'd be able to replace all those tools! :-) The future sure looks exciting.

        • Stavros
          August 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

          Ah, the model we're proposing has too many bookmarks to list, that's why we don't offer menus! You can still list all your bookmarks, though!

  19. Lisa
    August 9, 2010 at 12:27 am

    This sounds a bit like Diigo, which I have switched to from Delicious. http://www.diigo.com.

    Thanks for this article.

  20. Lisa
    August 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    This sounds a bit like Diigo, which I have switched to from Delicious. http://www.diigo.com.

    Thanks for this article.

    • Simon Slangen
      August 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm

      Looks like a great tool (and not just for bookmarking).

      Besides offering bookmarks in the cloud, you also seem to be able to clip and annotate webpages - a Delicious/Evernote hybrid in your browser and on mobile. I'd only miss the extensive search and indexing that Historious offers.

      Thanks for the tip. :-)

  21. Stavros
    August 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Oops, sorry about the earlier comment, pressed enter too fast. Thank you for your review, it is very thorough and accurate. We'd just like to apologise for the small delay in indexing historified documents right now, but your review has led to many new people signing up and importing their histories!

    Everything should return to normal within the next few minutes, thanks again for your review!

    Stavros
    Team historious

  22. Stavros
    August 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Oops, sorry about the earlier comment, pressed enter too fast. Thank you for your review, it is very thorough and accurate. We'd just like to apologise for the small delay in indexing historified documents right now, but your review has led to many new people signing up and importing their histories!

    Everything should return to normal within the next few minutes, thanks again for your review!

    Stavros
    Team historious

  23. opss
    August 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Good site, thanks for sharing!

  24. Stavros
    August 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Hello

  25. BlueLord
    August 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Hy,
    Nice site/concept.Tks for sharing.
    Do you know a program to do this? I prefer to have this offline, wenn you bookmark a page to be download to be available offline

  26. BlueLord
    August 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hy,
    Nice site/concept.Tks for sharing.
    Do you know a program to do this? I prefer to have this offline, wenn you bookmark a page to be download to be available offline

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2010 at 5:55 am

      I am sure there are such programs out there. Ask it on MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/.

    • DopePriest
      August 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      You can use Evernote to do that.
      You can clip complete web pages and have them available offline, using one of their desktop clients.
      http://www.evernote.com

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