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I'd love to hear what you think about webmark, whether it be criticism or suggestions. You may contact me by instant messenger, e-mail, or online form.

Introduction


Webmark is an online, multi-user, collaborative bookmark storage system.  It, like many of the other bookmarking sites out there, is designed to handle large numbers of bookmarks.  Browser-based bookmark systems are good if you want to access them from one computer and don't have too many; they start failing if you have many bookmarks or suddenly want to access them at a different computer.  A smaller fraction of these bookmarking sites let you enter extra info for your bookmarks, like keywords, a short blurb, and the option to make it viewable to others or just yourself.  Very few allow one to search as you type or offer hierarchical views where bookmarks load dynamically as you browse.  As webmark evolves, it will become truly one of its kind, developed to meet the needs of its visitors.  If you want a bookmarking site where you can request new features and actually get them answered, start using webmark and drop me a line.

The Problem


Information is not as available as it should and can be.  One solution is to develop an AI that knows what you want and will go find it on the web, another is storing data on the web in such a way that "dumb" software can find what you want.  The semantic web was invented for the second solution; unfortunately, it hasn't made much of an impact.  I, along with people like those at Flickr and del.icio.us are attempting to change that.  (For more semantic web-related sites, check out what webmark has.

But Webmark is Hierarchical!


One of the major failings of many current bookmarking systems is that they are hierarchical; all Internet news sites go in one category, online stores go in another category, etc.  However, what happens when there's a news article about online stores?  It goes in both categories.  Enter the idea of tagging, where one simply associates one or more terms with a website.  If one searches for either online stores or news articles, that article about online stores will show up.  Webmark has this capability, although it's called Keywords at the moment.  Think of the hierarchy you see when hitting the main site as simply the default; when you perform a search, a new hierarchy forms in order to give you an overview of what your results are about.  Search for online stores and you'll see a news category; search for news and you'll see a category for articles about online stores.  Webmark will have this soon (for a demo, check out Vivisimo).

Request for help


One of WebMark's greatest weaknesses is its lack of bookmarks.  You heard me: while I do have some good bookmarks, I need more to reach a "critical mass."  Above, I mentioned returning results in a dynamic hierarchy depending on what you've searched for; this doesn't help much unless one gets a good number of results for his/her search.

Technical stuff


WebMark is written in ASP.NET (C#), with an MS SQL Server 2000 database back-end.  I use this technology because I am familiar with it and I love C#'s strictly typed nature, which helps prevent errors and promote good structure.  At some point I'll get a webpage up describing why I like it so much...

I have quite a few ideas for improvements to Webmark, but I haven't made many of them because the current Webmark setup is sufficient for me.  I would be more than happy to work on it if people were to contribute (with suggestions, code, bookmarks), as the whole point of this is to test out an idea I have.  So, if you feel motivated, drop me a line.