Social Bookmarking


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.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

Source: Wikipedia

Social bookmarking can be an excellent way to share web sites or pages with others as well as marking them for your own use. A more recent site, www.diigo.com is rich in user-provided content and seems to have a very social baseline. You can add friends and contacts to your site list, look for others with your same interests, and even search through friends' bookmarks.

Source: www.diigo.com

Social Bookmarking Sites

del.icio.us - http://del.icio.us/
digg - http://digg.com/
diigo - http://www.diigo.com
StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com

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