Social Bookmarks: A Useful Tool You Aren’t Using

What is social bookmarking?

According to Wikipedia: a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources. In other words: keeping track of stuff you find on the web, and making it easy for others to find. The key to all of this is tagging – assigning keywords to each bookmark to help keep them organized and easy to locate when you need them. Social Bookmarking hasn’t caught on like Twitter or Facebook. But it’s incredibly useful for keeping track of links, resources, blog posts and all sorts of things we come across on the web and think, “I need to remember this” or “I might want to refer to this later.”

Among the most popular sites for social bookmarking are Diigo and Delicious. Delicious allows you to save and tag bookmarks, connect with other users, and subscribe to individual users’ bookmarks with RSS. An example: Mark Greenfield’s bookmarks are an excellent resource (username markgr). Mark makes great use of tags and has more than 2500 bookmarked resources. Want to know more about Twitter? Click the twitter tag in his list and you’re set.

Diigo offers a full suite of tools to help keep tabs on your bookmarks, and share them with others – it’s ideal if you’re engaged in a research project and/or collaborating with others. You can highlight specific sections of a site’s content or leave comments for others to find. Diigo also boasts a group feature, which allows users to self identify and share links with others interested in the same subject. We’re planning to use a Diigo group as a resource for the attendees of the CASE Social Media and Community Conference (thanks to Joel Price, a member of our faculty, for setting it up).  It’s brand new, and we’ll start populating it with content in the weeks to come.

And that’s Social Bookmarking in a nutshell. Give it a shot. It will save you from many  “now where did I read that?” moments.

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3 Responses to Social Bookmarks: A Useful Tool You Aren’t Using

  1. Jim Leous says:

    I saw your post because Mark Greenfield reTweeted it. Here’s a great video on Social Bookmarking:

    As I tell my students, use it first for yourself, and then see what being able to share bookmarks means. You won’t be able to go back to bookmarks saved in browsers.

  2. Jim Leous says:

    I hate when that happens… here’s the bookmark:

    http://www.commoncraft.com/bookmarking-plain-english

  3. Elizabeth Allen says:

    Thanks Jim. This is great – straightforward, simple, easy to understand.

    I need to bookmark it (socially, of course).

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