Chipmark is a social bookmark manager with a difference.
There are 2 different views to your bookmarks, one is the traditional view of social bookmark managers, and the other is a folder tree view, typical of a “favourites folder”
…so now you can organise your bookmarks in 2 ways, by folder, or by tag…each with its own screen.
You can add a bookmark from either your folder screen or your tag screen…you can mark it private/public, add a description, and also add tag/s…as per usual
…what about adding it to a folder?
You have to do it manually
…once you have added a bookmark, go to your folder view, that bookmark will be under the top level folder, move it into a folder of your choosing, or even create a new folder.
…there is also a button you can install on your browser where you can add new bookmarks…I couldn’t get mine to work (server error), but I think you can choose a folder to file a bookmark in at the time of bookmarking…that’s better.
But the brilliance of this button, is that you can view your chipmark folder version from your browser, just like you view your usual “favourites”, there is also a folder of your recent chipmarks.
So inessence it is a portable favourites folder, as long as you install the button on any computer you can access all your bookmarks…of course you can just go to the website to do this anyway.
But how good is it that you can access your bookmarks from your browser…this is awesome!
I’m going to use this as an alternate favourites folder for stuff I need frequent access to…I also use my Google deskbar for quick access links.
On thing, this loses its shine if you have too many bookmarks in the one folder…I think it is designed better for quick and clear access (depends how much you can see on your screen I suppose).
I while back I emailed Furl and mentioned the Furl Toolbar was great, but what about having a drop down menu of your topics, so you can search within one topic….good idea was the reply.
…chipmark goes a step to the side, instead of searching within a folder, you can actually browse the contents of a folder without having to go to the chipmark website.
The website has a search box, this searches for everything except the full-text.
You can import/export folder trees from your browser.
Not sure why there is a private/public choice when adding bookmarks, as I can’t seem to find a chipmark folksonomy community…it seems just to be a bookmark manager.
Check out some screen shots at Solution Watch.
At the moment you can only see the folder version via your browser, not sure if the tag version would work.
Imagine if you could see the tag version…a drop down tag cloud from your browser…when you click on a tag, a window opens (ajax style) to browse the bookmarks within that tag…is that possible?!!