According to Wikipedia, “Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Many online bookmark management services have launched since 1996; Delicious, founded in 2003, popularized the terms "social bookmarking" and "tagging". Tagging is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies.

Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren't shared, merely bookmarks that reference them.

Descriptions may be added to these bookmarks in the form of metadata, so users may understand the content of the resource without first needing to download it for themselves. Such descriptions may be free text comments, votes in favour of or against its quality, or tags that collectively or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, "the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content"

 

7 Social Bookmarking sites you need to know

 

1. Digg.com:  where else would this be in this list? Perhaps the most popular social bookmarking site on the web, getting on the front page of Digg is akin to landing on Nirvana. So how does it work? Users submit links to content on the web they want to share and other users will comment on those submissions and add their ‘diggs’ or votes. Popular links will find their way to the front page of Digg and get a huge amount of traffic to their sites. Whilst you can submit your content to Digg, only submit the best of your content and do not oversuibmit as you will be penalized for it!

 

2. Delicious.com: the world’s leading social bookmarking site at the time of writing, Delicious uses tags to allow users to bookmark and share content from the web. The Delicious system easily allows other users to easily find that content through searches on those tags. The interface is incredibly straight-forward too.

 

3. Reddit.com: a “social news” website. Submit content in the form of a link or a text “self” post. Other users can vote on the content and the most popular posts are those which find themselves on the front page for all to see.

 

4. Stumbleupon.com:  a “discovery” engine that recommends web content to its users. Download the StumbleUpon toolbar when you register, and when you “stumbleupon” a webpage that you want to share, all you do is click on the “thumbs up” icon on the StumbleUpon toolbar to share it with fellow StumbleUpon users.

 

5. Fark.com:  a community site that allows its members to submit links to content they want to share. The links need to be approved first by the administrators at Fark who will also determine which link s to put on the home page.

 

6. Slashdot.org: one of my favourites- precisely because it is more of an aspiration to be on it! Put it this way, if you know the exact speed of your internet connection then this site is for you. A technology related news website; “News for Nerds”.

 

7. Furl.net: this one is pretty cool in that it allows you to save copies of webpages as they appear when you first save them, thereby allowing you to keep the version of the page you want.

 

That's it! There are more of  course, but I suggest starting off by visiting these 7. Then email us your feedback- which have you decided to use ?

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