The service went down on Jan. 30th, losing all user data. I had been saving bookmarks there since May 2007, and kept only partial backups locally. Their latest update:
So far, my efforts to recover Ma.gnolia’s data store have been unsuccessful. While I’m continuing to work at it, both from the data store and other sources on the web, I don’t want to raise expectations about our prospects. While certainly unanticipated, I do take responsibility and apologize for this widespread loss of data.
I am angry. I am not particularly comforted by their apology. I think web services have a responsibility to look after their customers’ data, and I’m very disappointed that a 3-year-old service did not plan better.
But really, all I can do about this is recover what I can from other online caches, and move to another service (while keeping my personal backups more current). So here’s one way to recover bookmarks using Firefox plugins:
Get this Google cache Greasemonkey script. Also install the Operator plugin. Then query Google for your bookmarks page using a string like “cache:ma.gnolia.com/people/spinnerin/bookmarks” (replace spinnerin with your own user name).
The Operator plugin will detect the bookmark microformat on the page, and extract a list of bookmarks that you can import to another service (click the bookmarks menu to select them). The Greasemonkey script adds yellow “cache” links that will let you browse through the cached versions of each page. Browse/select/export until done, you hit the end of Google’s cache, or decide you no longer care.
This whole process should be scriptable, too. I may give that a shot later.