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Social Bookmarking and Delicious

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Social Bookmarking                                                                                      

Whatisit.com defines social bookmarking as "a user-defined taxonomy system for bookmarks. Such a taxonomy is sometimes called a folksonomy and the bookmarks are referred to as tags. Unlike storing bookmarks in a folder on your computer, tagged pages are stored on the Web and can be accessed from any computer...Web sites dedicated to social bookmarking, such as Flickr and del.icio.us, provide users with a place to store, categorize, annotate and share favorite Web pages and files."


So simply speaking, social bookmarking is the practice of saving bookmarks on a public website and adding keyword tags to them to aid in searching.  Common Craft has a great video that expands on this theme:


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There are advantages and disadvantages to social bookmarking. 

Advantages Disadvantages
  • bookmarks are available from any Internet computer
  • no controlled vocabulary or subject headings
  • easy to see other's favorites
  • no standardized structure such as using singular or plural forms
  • can easily add multiple tags to bookmarks and search them
  • lack of tagging rules occasionally leads to unorthodox tagging schemes
  • can see how others have tagged the bookmark
  • no subheadings so difficult to indicate hierarchical relationships


Applications in Libraries

RSA uses LibraryThing to supply tags for its online catalog.  This helps the catalog user find additional items with keywords that other users have identified and attached to the record.  Here is a screenshot of a RSAcat record with tags included:




At ALS, consultants use delicious.com to bookmark pages that we feel are helpful to librarians and library patrons.  Our url is: delicious.com/thelibrarian.  Our tag cloud can be embedded in any webpage like this:

To add a delicious tag cloud to a website, follow the instructions at http://delicious.com/help/tagrolls.


Social Bookmarking Sites

We have created some links to common social bookmarking sites.  Click on the "Starting with..." below in TTW pages column for more information on each site, 

Website TTW pages on:  Description 
Starting with delicious.com  Delicious has really found a niche in social bookmarking.  Users can create bookmarks, organize tags, create a network of friends, and subscribe to people and tags.  It is owned by Yahoo!  
Starting with digg.com  Digg is a great way to find out what others are talking about.  It's key feature is that diggs (bookmarked sites) are ranked by other users letting you know what people are buzzing about right now.  
Starting with stumbleupon  Users of stumbleupon love the stumble button which allows users to find web sites based on their preferences. 

In addition, there are 2 more social bookmarking sites that I recently discovered Diigo and Sqworl.  "Taking Diigo Beyond the Bookmark" from knowthenetwork.com's blog describes the many benefits of Diigo and "Sqworl is More Tasty than Delicious" from the blog, Library Media Tech Musings details this visual website collector.


Comments? Questions? 

If you don't find the answer to your question, want more or advanced information on a topic, need further clarification of a concept, would like to see another topic covered, or have any other comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at: 

Beth Duttlinger

Library Development Consultant

Alliance Library System  


(309)694-9200 ext.2117

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