Social bookmarking allows individuals, and groups, to centrally organize and manage bookmarks in flexible ways. Tagging is a completely unstructured and free form method of categorizing online content (webpages, pictures & posts). This allows users to create connections between data anyway they want. If you've ever seen a subject heading in the library catalog, then you’you've already come across tagging. Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines (i.e.Library of Congress subject headings), tagging is completely unstructured and free form, allowing users to create connections between data any way they want. You choose terms that are meaningful for you, so if “cooking” makes more sense to you than “cookery”, you’re free to use it! It’s sort of like the “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” folders in your browser. Only better.
With social bookmarks, you never have to remember which computer you saved the link on. This is ideal for anyone who uses more than one computer. Clicking a tag in the library shows you all the bookmarks with that tag. And in the same way that using a subject heading can narrow a catalog search, using a folksonomy tag can save you from sorting through millions of Google hits by showing you what other people have found useful on that topic. Since your links will be saved to the website, you can access them from any computer with internet access.
Many users find that the real power of these sites is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you. You can think of it as peering into another person’ filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each person's filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.
Many users find that the power of these sites is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you.Diigo is the tagging and social bookmarking site that we'll explore in this section. Del.icio.us is another very popular social bookmarking tool. A number of other Web 2.0 applications use tagging (e.g., Flicker, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter).
Social bookmarking is an open and informal method of categorizing that allows instructors and students to associate keywords with online content and save and organize resources for future reference (including articles, blogs and websites). Instructors can use social bookmarking to build a shared resource library for use by their students. Below are some ideas to get you started thinking about how social bookmarking would work best for your particular teaching circumstances.
Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.
TOEP Diigo Library
The TOEP Community has an Online Resource Library created using Diigo. To explore the library, simply click the Online Resource Library Book icon. If you would like to add resources to the library, you must register. All TOEP participants are encouraged to add resource links to the library.
Learn More about Tagging and Folksonomies
To learn about how to use tagging to describe your bookmarks and other social media to allow these resources to be categorized and more easily located by browsing or searching, check out this Wikipedia entry about Tagging.
Other Social Bookmarking Tools
One of the characteristics of lifelong learners is that they are continuously discovering new resources. These Top 10 Social Bookmarking sites for Teachers can help you store, save classify, curate, aggregate, organize, and share what you learn.
Complete the badge request form to earn your TOEP Social Bookmarking Badge. You will need the URL for the Social Bookmark Library you created using Diigo in this Discovery Exercise.
Borrego, Á., & Fry, J. (2012). Measuring researchers’ use of scholarly information through social bookmarking data: A case study of BibSonomy. Journal Of Information Science, 38(3), 297-308.
Additional research information is available in the Social Bookmarking section of the TOEP Resource Library.
*Note: Access to the research articles may require logging into your campus' library system or you may request an article through Inter Library Loan (ILL).