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Social Bookmarking: Tressa and Rachel

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What is Social Bookmarking??

Tressa Ramsey, Rachel Patton

Tel 313 #23694 Spring 2009




A social bookmarking site provides a way for students or teachers to save all of their links in one place on the Internet. These links are saved with one or more tags to help find the site in the future.




Advantages of Sharing

Sharing is what makes social bookmarking so powerful. More often than not, it is the Web savvy user who allows their tagged bookmarks to be available for public viewing, and this results in links to sites of higher quality. Some bookmarking sites allow members to rank the site’s usefulness as well. Over time, the quality of a site may be more easily discovered by recommendations from individuals rather than depending on a method like Google that measures the value of a site by the number of visits. 


User-Friendly Technology

Most bookmarking sites are free and very easy to use. It only takes a few minutes to join one of these sites. New members are usually asked to provide their e-mail address and a password. Members can post and review their bookmarks from any computer on the Internet. Teachers and students can also download and save all of their bookmarks for security. Bookmarks can also be easily transferred from one bookmarking service to another. 



The most successful way to organize your bookmarks is to use "tags". These tags are like subfolders to your main folder.  The tags also enable views of the bookmarks that include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them.

Some social bookmarking services also draw suggestions 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 away of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users. 




As these services have matured and grown more popular, they have added extra features such a rating and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks web annotation, and groups or other social network features.

Social Bookmarking in the Classroom


As an educational tool, bookmarking sites can help students to find ways to search for information other than Google indexing. Students who use these sites will also be less likely to lose links that they have found valuable. Why use social bookmarking in the classroom?

  1. Classroom Management

    Students and teachers can move from one computer to another and still have full access to their bookmarks. Students and teachers will be less likely to forget the location of the sites they have used.

  2. Collaboration

    Students can share their bookmarks with their classmates. Students and teachers can also share collections of bookmarks they have found to be worthwhile.

  3. News Gathering

    Social bookmarking sites can also help students to quickly find links to important current events and historical events. Some bookmarking sites allow students to subscribe to news feeds on a particular subject of interest. They can then go daily to this site to find the most current news on the subject.


Top 5 Social Bookmarking Sites

1. www.delicious.com

2. www.backflip.com

3. www.stumbleupon.com

4. www.clipmarks.com

5. www.digg.com












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