Google Bookmarks Import Without Using Google Toolbar

I really don’t understand why Google didn’t add a feature that lets you upload a bookmarks file exported by your browser to Google Bookmarks. Google still recommends to install Google Toolbar in Internet Explorer or Firefox to upload bookmarks, but this shouldn’t be necessary. That’s like installing Picasa to upload your photos to Picasa Web Albums.

Fortunately, Mihai Parparita built a tool for exporting your Delicious bookmarks to Google Bookmarks and it can be used to upload any bookmarks file to Google Bookmarks. Here’s how to do that:

1. Go to and sign in. If you haven’t used Delicious before, you’ll sign in using a Yahoo account. If you’ve previously bookmarked web pages using Delicious, it’s probably a good idea to create a new account.

2. Unlike Google Bookmarks, Delicious has a bookmark importing feature. Upload the HTML file exported by your browser and wait until all your bookmarks are imported.

3. Use Delicious to Google Bookmarks to import your bookmarks to Google Bookmarks. You’ll end up with two new labels added by the importing/exporting tools: imported and delicious-export.

The nice thing about Mihai Parparita’s tool is that it’s open source and it can be modified to import HTML bookmarks file.

Find Great Pages Using Google Bookmarks

The only way to share your Google bookmarks is by creating lists. By default, lists are private, but you can share them with other people and make them public. The nice thing about public bookmark lists is that they’re searchable and you can find them below your Google Bookmarks search results.

I entered the URL for one of my bookmarks (a JavaScript compressor) and Google returned a list of pages related to web development. I bookmarked some of the pages, but I could also copy the bookmarks to one of my lists.

When I searched for this blog’s URL, Google Bookmarks returned a list with useful Google sites and Google-related blogs. I could also enter some keywords in the search box, but the results aren’t always relevant.