What steps are involved?
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.)
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.
Here are some general guidelines to the steps required in using a social bookmarking service:
You have now performed the essential steps required to use a social bookmarking service.
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.