Social Bookmarking

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This Web 2.0 tool is useful to help use the power of the people using the internet to highlight great content on the net. The two social bookmarks I have included below work quite differently to each other. Thanks to the Bubble Brain website for some of the information on this page.

This video by the Commoncraft crew simply explains the concept of Social Bookmarking (in 'Plain English') using Del.icio.us as an example.


Del.icio.us

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  1. Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website -- the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too.
  2. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.
  3. del.icio.us is a collection of favorites - yours and everyone else's.
  4. You can use del.icio.us to:
    1. Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, reviews, recipes, and more, and access them from any computer on the web.
    2. Share favorites with friends, family, coworkers, and the del.icio.us community.
    3. Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone's favorite -- they've already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks about technology, entertainment, useful information, and more.
Install a del.icio.us icon on your toolbar to instantly add a webpage to your del.icio.us links page. Click here for the Firefox toolbar extension. Click here for the Internet Explorer extension.
This page has a neat screencast on how del.icio.us can be used to keep track of all your web content. This is a page with step by step instructions on how to use del.icio.us (along with many more tools).

Diigo

Suddenly every edublogger seems to be talking about this bookmarking tool. I have signed up and it seems to have a much nicer interface than delicious and the social networking side seems to be more obvious and user-friendly. Below are a couple of videos on how to use Diigo.



StumbleUpon

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Another great social bookmarking option. Register on the site and choose what type of sites you might be interested in. Then download either the Internet Explorer or Firefox Toolbars and then click on the Stumble icon to find your way to random sites that fit with the preferences you entered. You can find yourself in some pretty weird places but they are always entertaining! I have found a lot of great sites in this way (as well as a lot I don't like!). The latest addition to the family is StumbleUpon Video and I've liked everyone of them that has come up for me so far.

Furl

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  1. Furl is a free service that saves the important items you find on the Web and enables you to quickly find them again.
  2. Furl archives a personal copy of every page you save. When you want to recall it, you can find it instantly by searching the full text your archived items. Each member has a personal archive of 5 gigabytes (GB), large enough to store tens of thousands of searchable items.
  3. Furl recommends new Web pages that may interest you, guided by the sites you've already "Furled," or saved.
  4. Furl also offers the best ways to share the content you find on the Web.
  5. Send a daily email newsletter of links to friends and colleagues, use Furl to generate RSS feeds for your links, or integrate them quickly and easily into an existing Web site.
I haven't personally had a go with this site but I must say that it looks very interesting and I will be in the near future.