Are Bookmarks Dead?

By Deane Barker on January 25, 2004

What’s Next: Now Where Was I? New Ways to Revisit Web Sites: There is a $378,000 study underway to figure out why no one uses their bookmarks.

…bookmark lists have become “information closets” that hold a jumble of sites people never return to. Only hyperorganized users sort sites into folders, clean out dead links or click on inscrutable addresses to figure out why they were bookmarked in the first place

And, not to beat a dead horse or anything, Microsoft is again going to reinforce my point that taxonomies just may be dead and you really just need good search.

…a senior researcher with Microsoft who is also part of the University of Washington team, has helped develop a program called Stuff I’ve Seen. The software is designed to help people recall documents like e-mail messages and Web sites through a unified search interface. Keyword search results include related Web sites already visited, regardless of whether they have been bookmarked.

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