Google Bookmarks

Google Bookmarks is a free online bookmarking service, available to Google Account holders. It is completely separate from browser-based bookmarking and should not be confused with the Bookmarks function on any popular browser, Google Chrome included. Google Bookmarks was launched on October 10, 2005.[1] It is a cloud-based service that allows users to bookmark webpages and add labels or notes.

Users can access their bookmarks from any browser on any device by signing into their Google account. The online service is designed to store a single user's bookmarks as opposed to social and enterprise online bookmarking services that encourage sharing bookmarks. The bookmarks are searchable, and searches are performed on the full text of the bookmark; including page title, labels and notes.[2]

Google Toolbar has a tool enabling users to easily bookmark pages and access them. Bookmarks can also be created manually from the web interface, or by use of third-party tools such as Firefox extensions created for the purpose of managing the user's Google Bookmarks account[3] and keeping them synchronized to the browser's bookmarks.

Additionally, a simple bookmarklet (JavaScript function) labeled Google Bookmark is at the bottom of the Google Bookmarks page which can be dragged to the toolbar of any browser to make bookmarking more convenient. This opens a window to save the bookmark to Google Bookmarks and add notes and labels. [4]

Although Google Bookmarks is an online service completely separate from the Google Toolbar they seem to have been created at the same time creating some confusion. The only help and feedback links provided on the site for Google Bookmarks lead you to the help system for Google Toolbar. It appears that support for the Google Bookmarks page itself is minimal although the service has operated for many years without major problems.

Google Bookmarks
Type of site
Social bookmarking
LaunchedOctober 10, 2005
Current statusActive

Partial integration with Google Maps

Google Maps allows logged in users to store location in a variety of ways called "Your Places". Within "Your places", any map location saved as "Starred places" is automatically added as a Google Bookmark as well. If the Google Bookmark is edited through the Google Bookmarks site by adding labels or notes, these are not visible in Google Maps.

Third Party Google Bookmarks Tools

A third party search extension is also available for both Firefox and Chrome which caches Google Bookmarks and performs an extremely fast incremental search as each character is typed leading to more comprehensive search results. Several Android and iOS apps for smart phones are also available such as Gbookmark and Gmarks.


The search page that is used to search Google Bookmarks online appears to have a bug related to the age of the recorded bookmarks. Note the identical searches of "magicjack" conducted with the online Google Bookmarks search vs. using the Online Bookmark IncSearch extension. The IncSearch extension correctly finds six old bookmarks saved in 2008 while the online search finds none. By simply editing and saving the first bookmark the online search result now finds one of the six saved bookmarks. The Gbookmark Android app produces similar results proving the bug exists in the online Google Bookmark search. It appears that records stored longer than 1 year without updating are subject to this bug but the records are kept online and can be found by other means.

Google Bookmarks search result compared to Online Bookmark IncSearch of 6 old bookmarks from 2008
Google Bookmarks search result compared to Online Bookmark IncSearch of same 6 bookmarks one of which was recently edited in 2017
Gbookmark for Android similarly finds the same 6 old bookmarks which Google Bookmarks search misses

See also


  1. ^ Google Targets by Michael Arrington in TechCrunch on October 11, 2005 (retrieved on January 20, 2011)
  2. ^ Chitu, Alex (3 March 2007). "Google Bookmarks FAQ". Google Operating System. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ Official list of add-ons for Firefox
  4. ^ Alex Chitu, "Useful Google Bookmarklets", Google Operating System

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Delicious (website)

Delicious (stylized was a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter and Peter Gadjokov in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo in 2005. By the end of 2008, the service claimed more than 5.3 million users and 180 million unique bookmarked URLs. Yahoo sold Delicious to AVOS Systems in April 2011, and the site relaunched in a "back to beta" state on September 27 that year. In May 2014, AVOS sold the site to Science Inc. In January 2016 Delicious Media, a new alliance, reported it had assumed control of the service.On June 1, 2017, Delicious was acquired by Pinboard, and the bookmarking service was discontinued in favor of Pinboard's paid subscription-based service. Existing bookmarks are available as the site is in read-only mode.

Google Maps

Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle and air (in beta), or public transportation.

Google Maps began as a C++ desktop program at Where 2 Technologies. In October 2004, the company was acquired by Google, which converted it into a web application. After additional acquisitions of a geospatial data visualization company and a realtime traffic analyzer, Google Maps was launched in February 2005. The service's front end utilizes JavaScript, XML, and Ajax. Google Maps offers an API that allows maps to be embedded on third-party websites, and offers a locator for urban businesses and other organizations in numerous countries around the world. Google Map Maker allowed users to collaboratively expand and update the service's mapping worldwide but was discontinued from March 2017. However, crowdsourced contributions to Google Maps were not discontinued as the company announced those features will be transferred to the Google Local Guides program.Google Maps' satellite view is a "top-down" or "birds eye" view; most of the high-resolution imagery of cities is aerial photography taken from aircraft flying at 800 to 1,500 feet (240 to 460 m), while most other imagery is from satellites. Much of the available satellite imagery is no more than three years old and is updated on a regular basis. Google Maps used a variant of the Mercator projection, and therefore cannot accurately show areas around the poles. However, in August 2018, the desktop version of Google Maps was updated to show a 3D globe.

The current redesigned version of the desktop application was made available in 2013, alongside the "classic" (pre-2013) version. Google Maps for Android and iOS devices was released in September 2008 and features GPS turn-by-turn navigation along with dedicated parking assistance features. In August 2013, it was determined to be the world's most popular app for smartphones, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it at least once.In 2012, Google reported having over 7,100 employees and contractors directly working in mapping.

Google SearchWiki

SearchWiki was a Google Search feature which allowed logged-in users to annotate and re-order search results. The annotations and modified order only applied to the user's searches, but it was possible to view other users' annotations for a given search query. SearchWiki was released on November 20, 2008 and discontinued on March 3, 2010. All previously created SearchWiki edits are preserved on the logged in user's SearchWiki notes page.Google Stars replaced SearchWiki. Users no longer have the option to annotate or re-order search results. Instead, a user clicks on a "star marker" which makes the entry appear in a starred results list at the top of a new search. The starred results list can be clicked to bring up Google Bookmarks where the list entries can be annotated.

Google Toolbar

Google Toolbar is a web browser toolbar for Internet Explorer, developed by Google. It was first released in 2000 for Internet Explorer 5. Google Toolbar was also supported on Firefox from September 2005 to June 2011.

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