Social Whisper

Social Bookmarking

Posted on: February 24, 2009

In organising things for my departure on Thursday from my current job it occurred to me that over the years in my current role I had amounted a substantial number of bookmarks on my browser that I wanted to take with me.

I had never felt before that I had a use for some of the social bookmarking sites, as when I tried previously it was just another place that I would have to remember to save things, so it quickly gathered the proverbial dust on my browser.

Now however with fresh interest I decided to do some proper research into the tools available that I had a need and thought I’d give you an overview of the more popular tools below, some of which I use already and others that I had a little play with.

Stumbleupon – I love Stumbleupon and although it is a Social bookmarking tool as in you can save pages that you stumbleuponlove I use it more for the recommendation side of it rather than the bookmarking site I was looking for.

Those of you that don’t know its easiest to use when you’ve installed the toolbar and picking which categories that interest you, then when ever you need a five minute break or are just generally bored you hit the ‘Stumble’ button and it brinks up a random page from the internet that has been submitted or rated by other users, which you can then rate you self.

Digg – Is a social news site where people can share sites and links that they find interesting where people can then vote and diggcomment on stories. This is a popular site and the pages that have received the most ‘diggs’ that day appear on the front page so people can see what is currently hot or interesting.

Personally I like Digg although dont use it as I find other social tools more useful and it doesn’t suit my needs for a bookmarking tool.

Del.ici.ous – Is basically a place where you can store all your bookmarks so you can access them from any computer. deliciousYou can tag your bookmarks so they are easier to find and organise as well as to share them with your friends.

You can also make you profile public so any one can see the sites you have bookmarked and can recommend others. Del.ici.ous also has a section on its main page of what has been recently tagged or is currently popular with its users.

Furl – To be honest I gave up trying to look at this tool as after numerous attempts to create an account and then furlfinally getting one,  I then had trouble adding the ‘Furl it’ button so I lost interest but it appears to be a combination of Stumbleupon and Digg (but not as good so I would recommend to use the aforementioned instead of Furl).

Reddit – Is a place where people can submit links of anything such as a site, picture, video etc for users to vote on. The redditfront page contains the sites with the most votes and you can have your own account to save the ones you like. Personally I find Reddit a slightly messy and childish compared to the other sites I’ve looked at, but I imagine as with most things a lot of it will come down to what you’re used to using.

There are obviously many other sites out there, and although these tools have many similar properties I think it depends on what you are actually wanting to use the book marking tool for that will dictate which site is most appropriate for you.

Personally I now use Del.ici.ous to store all my bookmarks as I have found that once I have downloaded the toolbar it will automatically save my bookmarks on my browser and in Del.ici.ous and Stumbleupon for when I need a 5 minute break from work.

It also meant that with Del.ici.ous I was able to automatically upload all my bookmarks that were saved on my browser with out having to add them my self manually, which would have probably taking till 2010.


2 Responses to "Social Bookmarking"

I love reddit. I used to be a big digger, but as soon as I spent a few days on reddit, I was hooked. I think you should give it a chance before calling it childish – it’s far more intelligent than the four listed alternatives. It looks ugly, but it’s oh so nice.

I have been using diigo, delicious, reddit, digg

these are the best bookmarking sites.

Thanks for nice information

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