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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

3 responses to “RIP XMarks – Can You Build A Viable Business Around Browser Extensions?”

  1. David Whelan

    It seems to me that you can, but you’ve got to do (at least) two things. First, don’t do something that’s core to the host product – bookmarks are pretty core to a browser. Xobni for Outlook is a good example of a nice enhancement but not necessarily a core tool, even though it’s not a browser example. Zotero’s a browser extension that might be able to make the jump – it’s not core to the browser but it’s got a huge amount of traction. There are fee-based competitors, so it could develop into freemium at the very least. It’s interesting to me that the browser extensions are most popular on all browsers except the most heavily used (Internet Explorer). That might be important for anyone developing a browser extension with an eye to generating revenue: the IE market (business market) has probably not been tapped yet.

  2. XMarks May Live On

    […] May Live OnBy Krishnan Subramanian on November 4, 2010 TweetLate September, we wrote a post about the possible demise of XMarks, a browser plugin that syncs bookmarks, password, tabs, etc.. […]