google browser sync.jpgWith every new release of Firefox there’s always going to be a few extensions that just don’t make the cut. Developers let the extensions fade into the dust as users keep their fingers crossed that someone else will pickup the project. Google Browser Sync is exactly one of those extensions, and it looks like there is very little chance of a resuscitation. That means you’ll no longer be able to sync your bookmarks, history, cookies, passwords, and tabs between browsers!

According to Lifehacker Google has no intention of making the extension compatible with Firefox 3 which is due out on Tuesday. Here’s part of the response that one of their readers received from the Google Team when inquiring about the future of the project:

Thanks for trying out Google Browser Sync and for all of your feedback. It was a tough call, but we decided to phase out support for Browser Sync. Since the team has moved on to other projects that are keeping them busy, we don’t have time to update the extension to work with Firefox 3 or to continue to maintain it.

The response then goes on to talk about how Firefox 2 users who are still running the extension will only receive support throughout 2008. Looks like there’s really no point in someone trying to get it to work in Firefox 3 then if Google won’t be providing the hosting that’s needed to store the information.

My question is how many of you still use Google Browser Sync? I thought it was pretty cool when it first came out, but it didn’t last long on my computer. I just wasn’t comfortable with Google having that much of my information, and right now all I use is Foxmarks merely as a way to keep my bookmarks backed up.

There Are 12 Comments

  1. I loved GBS! It was a great way to keep all of my systems in sync. Foxmarks is all I use now but I feel like something is missing. Having someone store my passwords is scary but I there needs to be someway to sync those items. Maybe a extension that works via an export/import process is the better way to go.

  2. Has anyone heard about Google Toolbar being updated for Firefox 3?

  3. CoryC wrote:
    Has anyone heard about Google Toolbar being updated for Firefox 3?

    I thought I saw somewhere that the Google Toolbar has already been updated for Firefox 3? Have you tried it yet?

  4. Michael Dobrofsky

    Working at Google doesn’t sound like much fun :(

  5. I used to and still use Google Browser sync. From my experience it was not doing a good job synchronizing my data across my home and work PC’s — I don’t save bookmarks with Browser sync. Most of the times I had to sit and manually delete duplicated items. But even though, Browser sync is discontinued, the Weaver solution from Mozilla looks promising [labs.mozilla.com]). I haven’t tried it yet.

  6. I used and liked GBS, but tried Foxmarks later on and found it much better, so I don’t use GBS anymore.

  7. Check out Opera 9.5. They include a feature called Opera Link that syncs not only your bookmarks, but also your notes and speeddials across both the desktop and mobile versions.

  8. Google browser sync was a great extension for those who wanted to synchronize more than their bookmarks. The only alternative I found that does almost exactly the same job is weave, by mozilla. Even if it is still an experimental extension, it is stable enough and definitely worth a try (I use it for the past 3 weeks and I had no problems).

  9. Like Ryan I use Foxmarks; I always thought about GBS, but never could get over the idea of Google having all that information available to them regardless of their policy to do no evil.

    CoryC, I use FEBE [customsoftwareconsult.com] to manually sync everything else across computers. In this way it’s as easy as copying the information to my USB drive.

    As for storing passwords online, I have been considering Passpack [passpack.com] Does anyone know how good or safe it is? My other option would be to use KeePass [keepass.info] to carry my passwords with me; the 1.x version is portable and the 2.x version requires .NET.

  10. Jeenu wrote:
    I used to and still use Google Browser sync. From my experience it was not doing a good job synchronizing my data across my home and work PC’s — I don’t save bookmarks with Browser sync. Most of the times I had to sit and manually delete duplicated items. But even though, Browser sync is discontinued, the Weaver solution from Mozilla looks promising [labs.mozilla.com]). I haven’t tried it yet.

    Weave will definitely be the replacement to Google Browser Sync, but as of right now it doesn’t sync as many items.

    Street wrote:
    Check out Opera 9.5. They include a feature called Opera Link that syncs not only your bookmarks, but also your notes and speeddials across both the desktop and mobile versions.

    That is really nice, and I suspect that other browser will be incorporating similar features in the future.

  11. Damn! I actually loved GBS. I have a Macbook AIR and a pc desktop so the more info I can keep in sync that is non os dependant the better. Off to look for an alternative. Maybe Weave?

  12. Herb wrote:
    Damn! I actually loved GBS. I have a Macbook AIR and a pc desktop so the more info I can keep in sync that is non os dependant the better. Off to look for an alternative. Maybe Weave?

    Weave is going to be your best option right now, but I’m sure something will eventually come along to take the place of GBS.

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