More on Ma.gnolia

I checked out Ma.gnolia today. First the good: groups and private bookmarks are nice and the UI is clean and simple. But, there is some bad, enough of which to keep me away for now. A few things really bug me:

1) The domain name is terrible (as mentioned previously).

2) The masked URLs are lame. Use some unobtrusive javascript or something to track clicks if you must. But, I’d really like to see the real link in the anchor tag, so I can easily right click and copy the url (should I want to). This is too obtrusive.

3) Build a firefox extension. Bookmarklets are ok, but an extension with quick access to adding, viewing, viewing popular, viewing tags, etc. makes it much easier to use a social bookmarking site.

So, it’s back to delicious for now, but if they keep at it, I’ll try it again later on.

I emailed them this same feedback and I got a response back from Todd Sieling, the product manager. Sounds like the domain name is here to stay. But, they may be open to changing the re-direct urls into something a little less obtrusive. Todd also reports that an API is on the way which may spur more tools/extensions.

3 Replies to “More on Ma.gnolia”

  1. I would also need it to sync with my other bookmarks. A foxmarks sync would be great. I agree with the FF Extension also. A must have.

  2. It’s actually the UI that ticks me off. I haven’t dug around enough to ‘complain’ properly to see if this feature exists, but each link is too big.’s interface fits about three links into the vertical space ma.gnolia fits one.

    I wouldn’t say the domain is bad though. It’s easier than initially, I’d say, as many people forget where the dots are in that one.

  3. Glen, there isn’t a sync tool, but they do have import and export tools. Not sure if you saw that.

    Peter, I agree, they do definitley emphasize the Ma.gnolia tools rather than the bookmarks. This leads to a lot of vertical space being consumed by each bookmark. I agree that isn’t easy either, but it was the first (funky domain named social bookmarking site) which makes up for it.

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