At least they were.
The cleanup fell into two distinct phases:
- getting rid of the excess and putting them online (where they’re easy to share)
- syncing the online bookmarks with the local machines
For now – today at least – I decided to tackle the first part. That would at least leave me with nothing to manage locally.
The process was broken down into the following :
Unfortunately it only deletes one duplicate at a time, so it may take a while; I’d suggest moving everything into just a handful of folders for now (and setting it to automatic).
NB : Don’t forget to take a backup of your bookmarks before you start deleting things. Just in case.
Manually delete unwanted bookmarks
Once the add-on has cleaned things up a little, you’ll probably see a number of bookmarks that really shouldn’t be there at all (especially if you use the ‘bookmark all tabs’ feature occasionally). Go through and delete any you find.
Sort into folders
Now’s the time to put everything back into folders. No need to get too carried away here; it will, however, help del.icio.us tag things (the folder names you choose will become the starting tags for the import).
Open your bookmarks (Bookmarks -> Organize Bookmarks) and export them to a file somewhere (File -> Export). The simplest place is your desktop.
Login to del.icio.us and import bookmarks
Head over to del.icio.us and either open an account (free) or sign in to an existing one. Once you’re in, under Settings you’ll find an Import/Upload option. Follow the instructions and import the file you saved above.
Tidy them up and share them
By default the newly uploaded bookmarks aren’t public. Go through them and share them as desired. This is also a good time to perform any minor editing of their saved names.
Delete the local bookmarks
Once you’ve made sure that everything looks fine online – and ensuring you have a local backup, in case of disaster – delete your local bookmarks. Most of them, anyway (it’s always handy to have a few for regular things such as your webmail account).
Next (hopefully tomorrow) comes the interesting part; syncing the online bookmarks with each computer. Should be fun.