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Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking allows individuals to share their bookmarks (including annotations) with one another and also allows the user to access resources from any connection to the web. The “social” element also allows users to make “those who bookmarked this site also bookmarked” connections.

Common Technology Features

  • browser bookmarklets and toolbars
  • tagging
  • annotating
  • import/export

Common "Social" Features

  • visible with public vs. private options
  • network with "friends"
  • subscriptions to follow specific tags
  • individually pushing and receiving links
  • just the general "who bookmarked this also bookmarked" ability

Social Bookmarking Tools

  •—robust annotation options (annotation window), easy add without a bookmarklet, rss out output for both user and individual tags (see below), cross-tag organization, full toolbar and firefox add-on, widgets on LOTS of sites (Facebook, personal portals/homepages, etc.)
  • Diigo—caches pages, highlight and annotate on individual webpages, really robust annotation options, has groups (could make classes), lists can be made into web-videos (click on "Tools" above for an example), full toolbar, connect to blog, simultaneous bookmarking (plays well with others bookmarking services like delicious), output widget in javascript, slight learning curve in learning all the tools.
  • Digg—ranking tool, difficult to input new bookmark, biased ranking based on the types of users; however, check "digg the candidates" as a cool use of the "socialness" of the tool.
  • Stumble Upon—surfing tool, ranking tool, provides rss output

Using Social Bookmarking for Research Processes

  • Search social bookmarks for resources to help with brainstorming.
  • Search social bookmarks for resources to help with narrowing topic/focus.
  • Search tags in social bookmarks for alternative key words for searching.
  • Make sure to search all available modalities of information, including social bookmarking lists.
  • Bookmark and annotate resources.

Using Social Bookmarking for Presentations

  • Make bookmark list of useful resources.
  • Draft final project as a social bookmarking list; publish and get feedback.
  • Incorporate citations and/or link out to them.
  • Publish final product.


Video: Social Bookmarking in Plain English

About Diigo

Assignment Prompt Samples

  • Individual Annotated Bibliography Entries Using Annotated Link
    Tip: Require sticky notes and have student share annotated link.
  • Digital Annotated Bibliography List(Example) (Another Example)
    : Have them already using Diigo before this assignment rolls out.
    Tip: Use the Snapshot feature for library database resources.
  • Shared Annotated Bibliographies Using Groups
    Using Diigo, bookmark and annotate at least four web resources about transnational communications; tag them "chapter5". Push your favorite to the class group in Diigo.
    Tip: Assign students to synthesize submissions and report back to the class.