One thing that I absolutely love about the new Firefox 3 is its ability to bookmark a site in one-click using the star button in the address bar. It doesn’t organize my bookmarks, but it makes for a great way to temporary bookmark a site.

With the new TagMarks extension you can alleviate part of that problem. What it does is display additional icons in the address bar that only appear when you hover over the gold star. Clicking on one of the icons will bookmark the site, but it will also apply a specific tag to the bookmark depending on what icon you clicked. You can apply multiple tags by clicking on as many of the icons as you want.

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There are a few ways that the extension tries to keep the clutter to a minimum. First off, when you’re not hovering over the gold star the icons will be hidden, except for those you’ve applied to the current site. Secondly, only a handful of icons are shown when hovering over the star. To see more of the icons you need to place your mouse over the arrow located next to the leftmost icon.

If you take a look in your Bookmarks menu you’ll also see an option to open up a page containing your TagMarks. From there you can click on one of the respective icons to see all of the bookmarks with that tag.

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Overall I’d say that this extension is can be very helpful in making sense of your one-click bookmarks, but I think it needs some customizability. Users should be able to choose which icons show up in the bar, and also what tag gets applied when selecting a particular icon.

TagMarks Extension [via Firefox Facts]

There Are 6 Comments

  1. Great, I do have some space free THERE… :mrgreen:

  2. the idea is great, the product itself, not. what the hell does gear means? and why would i tag something as radioactive?

    i will wait for the next version, or for FF 3.1 which suppose to have auto-completion for tags. in fact, mozilla ppl should use this idea, but with customization in mind.

  3. Hello Ryan! Thanks for the post about the extension! It is still in very early stages yet but I’m already working into new features for it, specially the customization, which people have been asking.

    Jack of all Trades, the original idea was to focus on the visual identity side of the thing, associating the icons you choose to the sites you bookmark. The name of the tag is just a mere formality. For example, you could use the “gears” icon creatively to associate it with bookmarks related to your work.
    But since many people is interested in naming the tags for each icon, I’ll soon release a version which offers this customization.. Later on I’ll also add the possibility to add more icons and to choose which icons will display by default when you hover the mouse.
    So just keep an eye on the extension’s news!

  4. Felipe Gomes wrote:
    the original idea was to focus on the visual identity side of the thing, associating the icons you choose to the sites you bookmark. The name of the tag is just a mere formality. For example, you could use the “gears” icon creatively to associate it with bookmarks related to your work.
    But since many people is interested in naming the tags for each icon, I’ll soon release a version which offers this customization.. Later on I’ll also add the possibility to add more icons and to choose which icons will display by default when you hover the mouse.
    So just keep an eye on the extension’s news!

    Hi Felipe,
    well, that makes a lot more sense, and i didn’t think of it as visual tagging. i guess its just a matter of using icons that make sense to as many users as possible.
    i wonder if mozilla will pick up on this idea or not.
    good luck with the extension, i will give it another go once i can relate to the icons as well.

  5. I like the sound of this. Personally I’d be thrilled if there were a hundred of the things, though maybe that’s just more evidence that I overdo the tags. I’m guessing based upon what Felipe says above that your only “tag name” is the icon — it really would be great if it translated to a word of your choice when you save the page. I like it already and with a little more work this’ll be a huge convenience, compared with all the typing I now do every time I tag something. I really look forward to the new features.

  6. Felipe Gomes wrote:
    Hello Ryan! Thanks for the post about the extension! It is still in very early stages yet but I’m already working into new features for it, specially the customization, which people have been asking.

    Thanks for the update! I’m sure it will become a great extension once you get some of those customization options in there.

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