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Social Bookmarks

What are social bookmarks?

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata, typically in the form of tags that collectively and/or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, "the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content".

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

Why use social bookmarks?

  1. Access your bookmarks from any Internet connection!
  2. Dynamic generation
  3. Individual and group contributions

Possible Educational Applications of Social Bookmarks

  1. Class resource lists
  2. Student-generated resources, links
  3. Many, many more!

Examples of social bookmarks

Free Social Bookmarking Tools

How To Get Started with Social Bookmarks

  1. Sign-up for a free account
  2. Install the bookmarklets in your web browser
  3. Start bookmarking!
  4. Pick a unique tag for your course and use that tag when bookmarking all resources for that course
  5. Instruct students to use the same bookmark to add their bookmarks to yours

More Social Bookmarking Resources