What is social bookmarking?
Or more to the point… What is it good for?
Flip through the slide show below (a mashup from Zoho Show, a prominent online office app) to get a quick overview of how you can take advantage of social bookmarking technology, then see below for some of the gorier details.
There are more social bookmarking tools and services than you can shake a stick at. Unfortunately, no one tool is best for all jobs. Still, as an all-around winner, we are recommending del.icio.us for the Wesleyan community. The vast del.icio.us user base increases the collective benefit of tagging. Moreover, del.icio.us offers impressive tools for integrating your web-based bookmarks with you browser, especially if you are using the FireFox browser, another tool that we can recommend.
Still, you might want to look at Slide 14 above for a list of situations in which you might consider a different bookmarking tool.
As mentioned in the slide show, you can use del.icio.us to manage lists of ‘related links.’ The list of links below is pulled in from my del.icio.us account anytime anyone looks at this page. This means that the content may change from visit to visit, depending on whether I have added any links to my account.
As a relevant example, the list below shows my recent bookmarks tagged as “academic” and “socialbookmarking.”
You can see the complete list by clicking on the title, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed that will alert you whenever there is new content for this list. (See the RSS page in this blog.)
We think that course Blackboards, personal web pages, and library subject research guides are places one could use a link roll to great effect.
Social Bookmarking: The Handout
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