Social Bookmarking….what is it?

(from Wikipedia) Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.
In a social bookmarking system, users save links to
web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.

7 things you should know about Social Bookmarking



**Del.icio.us** (pronounced "delicious") is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter in late 2003 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. It has more than three million users and 100 million bookmarked URLs.

http://del.icio.us/

Getting Started information
Delicious Add on buttons


Sue’s Delicious http://delicious.com/southozsue

Why should I use it?
Using del.icio.us has some advantages over the list of bookmarks or favourites you may have created in your web browser.
  • Del.icio.us travels with you – unlike bookmarks del.icio.us is web based so to retrieve your favourites you just have to log into the website.
  • Import your existing bookmarks and favourites – You don’t have to start from scratch. You can easily transfer your existing bookmarks or favourites into del.icio.us.
  • Tagging – you choose how to describe the content of each website by adding keywords, called ‘tags’ to them. There is no prescribed list of tags, you create your own, have as many as you like and can assign as many tags as you want to each favourite in your list.
  • Searching – Because you tag each favourite with a list of keywords you can search your list of favourites easily. So if you’re researching climate change just click on the appropriate tag and all the websites you’ve saved with that tag will be displayed.
  • Sharing – when you save a website as a favourite in del.icio.us you can see how many other people have also saved it. You can then go and look at the other favourites these people have saved – they may be engaged in similar research or have the same interests as you. You can add some of their favourites to your own list and even add them to your network. (N.B. if there are some favourites you’d rather not share you do have the option to keep them private)
  • Networks – You can create a network of other del.icio.us users; friends, colleagues or even people you don’t know who have lists you find interesting or useful. You can see what people in your network are saving to their lists, and even send them suggestions of websites they might like.
  • It’s easy – Setting up an account with del.icio.us is quick and easy. The del.icio.us webpage has help and advice on getting started.
  • It’s free!


“I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies” Chris Betcher
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