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Your guide to social bookmarking

What steps are involved?

What is social bookmarking?

Why use it?

Is social bookmarking right for you?

What steps are involved?

Plan and check your social bookmarking activities

More resources

What steps are involved?

Explore how a social bookmarking service works

There are free social bookmarking services that are simple to use and provide excellent support for new users. First, get a feel for how social bookmarking sites look and behave.

The following websites will help you to identify popular social bookmarking services and compare their features. Note that Del.ici.ous was the first, and is one of the largest and most used, social bookmarking sites.

Top 5 social bookmarking services: http://www.pandia.com/sew/327-social-bookmarking.html

The Social Bookmarking Faceoff: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/social_bookmarking_faceoff.php

Social bookmarking showdown: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2006/11/72070

30 Largest Social Bookmarking Sites July 2007: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-bookmarking.html

The Top 20 Social Bookmarking Sites: http://www.profy.com/2007/05/16/the-top-20-social-bookmarking-sites/ (This article was written by Paul Glazowski for Profy—Web 2.0 news blog.)

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_software#Social_bookmarking

Some of the problems with del.icio.us: http://libraryclips.blogsome.com/2006/05/05/my-delicious-issues-plus-blog-tagging/

Hopefully now you have a clearer picture of the service that will suit your needs. If not just pick one of the more popular services (as indicated in the above links) to get started and experiment with how it works.

Sign up to become a member of the service

Here are some general guidelines to the steps required in using a social bookmarking service:

  1. Go to the social bookmarking website.
  2. Find the links to sign-up and follow the procedures carefully.
  3. Try to skip any unnecessary sign-up steps such as importing bookmarks, sending notices to friends etc. You can do these things later.
  4. Add bookmarklets or install the bookmark service’s web browser toolbar. This requires administrator access to your computer to install a toolbar. Tip: avoid popup bookmarklets if your web browser is Internet Explorer.
  5. Go to one of your favourite websites.
  6. Using the bookmarklet or toolbar provided by your chosen bookmarking service create a bookmark. Be sure to add tags when creating your bookmark.
  7. Repeat the above process for several websites.
  8. Return to your social bookmarking website and login if necessary.
  9. Go to the ‘Your favourites/My bookmarks’ section to view your online bookmarks.

You have now performed the essential steps required to use a social bookmarking service.

Experiment with more features the service offers

Explore the other features and tools the service offers. Here are a few suggestions for other tasks you might want to experiment with:

Here are a few extra tips to remember:

Routinely export your bookmarks from a social bookmarking service so that you have a backup in case the site is down or is removed.

Be aware that any bookmark you include as a public bookmark can be viewed by other users and possibly any web user.

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