Ma.gnolia’s Data Loss Got You Concerned? Use Diigo + Simultaneously

By now, you may have heard that social bookmarking service Ma.gnolia suffered a tragic corruption of data this morning. As the company says on its website:

Early on the West-coast morning of Friday, January 30th, Ma.gnolia experienced every web service’s worst nightmare: data corruption and loss. For Ma.gnolia, this means that the service is offline and members’ bookmarks are unavailable, both through the website itself and the API. As I evaluate recovery options, I can’t provide a certain timeline or prognosis as to to when or to what degree Ma.gnolia or your bookmarks will return; only that this process will take days, not hours.

It’s awful, and I feel for those who were active users of the service.

Just a reminder that there are a couple other services out there, and that by using one, you actually can have your bookmarks stored in two different places. If nothing else, the Magnolia issue should point you to the value of this strategy.

So what are they? Diigo and

And here’s the way to store your bookmarks in both. Save to Diigo, and have those bookmarks automatically written to at the same time. First, register for Diigo and Then here’s what to do next:

1. Click on “My Diigo Tools” on Your Dashboard


2. Click on “Save Elsewhere”


3. Enter Your Credentials


That’s it.

Once you set this up, add the Diigolet to your browser. Thereafter, save everything to Diigo, and a copy of each bookmark – link, title, tags, notations – will be saved to as well.

Double cloud coverage in Diigo and Can’t be too careful these days.


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7 Responses to Ma.gnolia’s Data Loss Got You Concerned? Use Diigo + Simultaneously

  1. Eric Reid says:

    We’re also big on StumbleUpon as well for bookmarking. But this does show how saving bookmarks on several different platforms really is a good idea. Just like backing up browser bookmarks was a good idea 10 years ago.

    • Eric – hadn’t considered StumbleUpon for bookmarking, but it fits. Nice.

      What I like about Diigo is I only have to save it once, then the bookmark gets propagated to other services. Including Ma.gnolia when it’s back up and running.

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  3. JW says:

    And diigo will even update your delicious tags, although you probably won’t go back to delicious ever again.

    it’s just a shame that there aren’t quite as many tools for diigo out there as for delicious, but I wonder it their APIs are compatible…

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  5. Lisa Ray says:

    I came acroos this post while looking for best practices for social bookmarking. Am going to try this approach. Thanks.

  6. I’ll go with I have been using it since it was launched and am still benefiting from its wide array of capabilities.

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