What is Social Bookmarking?

If you use a web browser like Firefox or Explorer, and in order to surf the net you have to, then you likely have come across bookmarks or favorites. This is how you save the addresses or urls of websites that you want to return to. You save it so that you can return easily in the future by clicking on the bookmark. And, if you are like most of us, you have lots of them so that you have had to organize them into some sort of structure - usually folders.

With this practice, however, you can only access your bookmarks from the computer on which they are stored. Worse, if your hard drive crashes, you lose all your bookmarks and have to start from scratch.

Enter Social Bookmarking which is the practice of saving and tagging bookmarks to a public Web site, which you can access from any computer. Tagging bookmarks means assigning keywords to them and replaces putting bookmarks in folders as the means of organizing them. The tags are a way for users to organize and present their collections. The idea behind tagging is to add structure that helps improve search results.

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You can place multiple tags on each bookmark that you include. This means each bookmark may belong to more than one category. Since bookmark collections, while personally created and managed, are usually visible to others, a social feature has developed from this practice. People with similar interests can get pointers to new sites of interest from examining the bookmark collections of others. Bookmarks can be viewed chronologically, by category or tag, or via search engine. Your collection of bookmarks, tagged, commented upon, and published on the Web, become your own personal library. When combined with others' personal libraries they can provide varied, social networking opportunities.

To participate you register at a social bookmark site (see below) which lets you store bookmarks, add tags you choose, and designate individual bookmarks as public or private. It is a free service. The service not only stores your bookmarks but gives you access to others' public bookmarks. You can do research for new sites of interest by entering a keyword, or person's name, or popularity. The sites often provide information about the number of users who have bookmarked a particular site

As the services have become more popular they have added other features including ratings systems and comments on bookmarks, import and export capabilities from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, and the creation of affinity groups among others.

Advantages of Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is useful for accessing a large number of bookmarks from any computer, not just your home base. It provides a way to organize a large number of bookmarks and share them with others. In fact, libraries have begun to use social bookmarking as an easy way to provide lists of informative links to users. A social bookmarking system can be used to locate information in place of a traditional search engine and some think this is an advantage because the tagging or classification, is done by humans who understand the content rather than software used by search engines which uses algorithms to determine meaning.

Disadvantages of Social Bookmarking

Because there is no standard set structure of keywords for tags, searching for specific information can be tricky. Tags can have more than one meaning, and some users have idiosyncratic tagging styles.Since the more often a web page is submitted and tagged, the better its chance of being found by search engines, the unscrupulous have tried to take advantage. Spammers have started bookmarking their websites multiple times or tagging pages of their sites with lots of popular tags. The social bookmarking site developers are constantly adjusting their security to prevent abuse.

Choosing a Service

The following is a list of websites you can access from our Social Bookmarking Widget on the right of each page of this website. A short description follows to help you decide:

Delicious is a site for storing, sharing and discovering new bookmarks. Users tag their bookmarks with keywords of their choosing. A combined view of everyone's bookmarks for a specific tag is available marking it possible to discover new bookmarks of interest. Delicious has a "hotlist" on its home page and "recent" and "popular" pages. It is one of the most popular services. However, all bookmarks posted to Delicious are publicly viewable by default, although specific bookmarks can be marked private.

Digg's approach is to encourage users to discover and share content found on the web. Users submit links and stories and vote and comment on the links and stories submitted. Digging and burying - voting a story up or down is Digg's prime function. Only the most highly rated appear on its front page.

Furl allows members to store searchable copies of web pages and share them with others. Every member receives 5 gigabytes of space.

Google bookmarks is an online bookmark storage service available to anyone who signs up for a Google Account. You can bookmark favorite websites, add tags and notes. These are searchable. You can access your bookmarks from any computer. This is a personal service for private use. There is no option for searching others' bookmarks or finding out what is popular. However, Google's search engines do note what sites are being bookmarked and uses the information via its search engine.

Reddit, another social news site, allows users to post links to content on the web. Other users vote the links up or down causing them to appear more or less highly on the Reddit home page.

Simpy uses tags and tag clouds to aid bookmark recall. Bookmarks can be shared or kept private. It allows for cooperation, through groups with different levels of privacy, and for discovering new links through its watchlists and watchlist filters. Users can also save, tag, and search free-text notes.

Spurl is another social bookmarking service. A"spurl" is a Special URL. It, too, has most popular, Hot Spurls, and most recent, Just In, functions. You can view your own spurls in Most Visited, Recently Visited and Latest Spurls categories.

Technorati is a search engine for searching blogs. It competes with Google and Yahoo. As of June, 2008, it had indexed 112.8 millions blogs and had over 250 million pieces of tagged information.

Yahoo's MyWeb2 allows you to search your own "personal web" as well as pages saved by members of your trusted community of contacts with "MyRank" for MyWeb 2.0, a new search engine developed specifically for this application. Unlike PageRank and other link analysis techniques used by Google and Yahoo and similar search engines, MyRank is designed to uncover clues to relevance based on the pages you and your community have saved to MyWeb 2.0. A spokesman for Yahoo has been quoted saying that in practice, this means your search results with MyWeb 2.0 will be very different than those you get with Yahoo, Google or any other major engine. It also means that your search results will change over time, as your personal web and those of your community expand."

Social Bookmarking and All-Things-Conflict-Resolution-and-ADR.com

If you haven't already, join a bookmarking site - they are free. Use it for a few weeks. Once you try, you'll see how useful it is!

It will save you time from visiting search engines looking for the web sites that you have visited before. Sharing your bookmarks with others means that you will discover other people who share your interests (their lists may include excellent web resources that you may not have found by using a search engine)! Once you pick your favorite one or two sites, it's easy and fast!

When you are ready to go, here's all you have to do. Visit the page on this or any site that you want to "Social" bookmark. For starters you can bookmark the all-things-conflict-resolution-and-adr.com Home Page or other pages on this site by going to that page and clicking on the new "ADD TO SOCIAL BOOKMARKS" link on the right of each page. Or click on the new social bookmarking link in your browser toolbar or favorite links that you have just set up.

Not sure which keywords to use as the optional "tags" for your bookmarks for our all-things-conflict-resolution-and-adr site? How about...

  • Conflict Resolution
  • ADR
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Chatham
  • Helpful
  • Informative
  • Useful
  • Or the name of any article you particularly liked on the site
-- and/or any others that you think would "fit" for that page.

That's it! You've got a new, handy "Social Bookmark!"

Don't want to try Social Bookmarking just yet?Bookmark this site the traditional way instead! To include All-Things-Conflict-Resolution-and-ADR.com appear in your Favorites/Bookmarks folder...

Internet Explorer: Hit Ctrl d on your keyboard - The link instantly gets added to your favorites - click on your "Favorites" link above on your IE browser and you will see it at the top of the list.

Firefox: Hit Ctrl d on your keyboard and a pop-up window appears that lets you modify the name and/or save it to another favorites folder if you wish.

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