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Sync between multiple computers / browsers

I definitely need sync with multiple devices (e.g. laptop & computer). 
It is important for me to have my history, annotations and bookmarks WITH TAGS synchronized...

Ideally I can use different server providers like dropbox, drive, mega.nz or my own private server endpoint...

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To anyone who upvoted this feature: Would you consider paying for it upfront? Is it so important to you?

We are trying to evaluate our next feature upgrades and since we bootstrap our business we need to make sure we work on features that could immediately help generating sustainable revenues. 

Let us know by ordering either a month (1.5€) or a year (12€) of the Backup plan, or preorder Memex Cloud. Add a comment "I want sync" to your order. 
Of course your subscription will then only officially start when Sync is released. 
In case we do not start working on it until April 1st 2019, you get 100% of your money back. 

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I already pay for https://pinboard.in/

I have also used Zotero, which has a similar premium model.

I also purchased advance shares in worldbrain.

Having a multi-machine archive of all of my browsing (mobile, and multiple desktop browser) would be fantastic.  It could replace the Chrome History, Firefox History and allow me to actually use the bookmarking/annotation features. 

Fully agreed that it would be a fantastic addon and the good news is that we already started working on it here: https://github.com/WorldBrain/storex/issues/8

The current state of thinking is that we will offer synchronous syncing (all devices have to be online for syncing) for free while asynchronous (we relay changes for you in an encrypted channel so that devices can pick it up independently) will be charged for. 

Our approach and goal is to constantly make the full service as much usable as possible for people with little or no money, and charge for additional convenience (=time). This is one example. 
The current manual (free), automatic (premium) backup follows the same logic. 

Synchronization between multiple computers / browsers can be done:
- either by a site dependent of WorlBrain as Feedly does;
- either by exchanging files via a user-driven platform as uBlock or TamperMonkey do. 

In the first case, the developer bears costs and is responsible for the service
In the second case, the costs are minimal for the developer and his liability is very low

What are we talking about?

thanks Henri-Pierre for your input. 

So our current state of thinking, albeit not finished or complete, is that we would provide an append-only change log of data that can be dumped, read and replicated from any storage location. This way changes from many devices can be stored in a single log and all the other devices would be able to request those changes and update themselves. Also it would afford being able to easily store the data on any provider (e.g. your own server, google drive, local hard drive, onedrive etc)

With this tactic we could relatively easily keep an offline-first approach and multi-device sync between computers.

The mobile device search is a bit more tricky but could be afforded like this too. So the mobile device would only fetch a part of the overall changes (e.g. no screenshots, or only bookmarks). More powerful, but also tricky (mobile) search would require querying from the cloud. The queryable database would not come initially. First we aim to make the offline-first approach work. 

hope that answers your questions?

Thanks Olivier for the answer that seems to mach the second case in my comment

This suggestion itself speak about switching between laptops and browsers, but Syncing to a mobile app would also be awesome! (Since mobile browsers don't have extensions [except Firefox on Android].)

Yeah mobile search/bookmarking would indeed be awesome and we hope that we can provide some first ability this year (however chances are rather medium) 

As you can see in the comment above we first would focus on computer-2-computer/browser syncing. 

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To anyone who upvoted this feature: Would you consider paying for it upfront? Is it so important to you?

We are trying to evaluate our next feature upgrades and since we bootstrap our business we need to make sure we work on features that could immediately help generating sustainable revenues. 

Let us know by ordering either a month (1.5€) or a year (12€) of the Backup plan, or preorder Memex Cloud. Add a comment "I want sync" to your order. 
Of course your subscription will then only officially start when Sync is released. 
In case we do not start working on it until April 1st 2019, you get 100% of your money back. 

Hey Mikula, 

Yeah indeed that would be so nice. That is why we will build Memex Cloud. 
(Thanks for supporting us in its development trough the presale) :)

However, making a sync possible is not just uploading everything to google drive and is not easily doable right now, as it requires also changes to the data model and indexing approach. (bc of deduplication/conflicts mgmt) Whereas the Gdrive Backup should be relatively simple. 
The first step we are taking to give is to enable you to at least back it up to Gdrive, but each extension installation separately. 

The sync will probably need to wait a bit, sorry :(

Best
Oli