Social Bookmarking

As an instructional technology graduate student, my cohorts have shared an abundance of information.  These resources have been and will be useful and beneficial as I continue my personal journey into the integration of technology and web 2.0 tools into instruction.

Question: How can I organize and store this wealth of information?

Answer: Social Bookmarking.

Social bookmarking is a way for people to keep track of their bookmarks and favorites by using an online site they can access from anywhere.  If someone is only using their own computer to mark or list their favorite sites they possibly cannot access them from other places. However, by using social bookmarking site, such as Google Bookmarks, anyone can easily have access to their information on any computer or smart phone.

Social bookmarking is a method for users to organize, store, manage and find resources online. Unlike file-sharing these resources are not distributed, only the bookmarks that reference them. In a social bookmarking system, users save links to websites that they want to remember. These bookmarks are usually public and private can be saved, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. Authorized people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or through a search engine.

Social vs. Local computer bookmarking

Local computer bookmarking

1. Limited Access:  The saved bookmark is only available on the local computer’s hard drive, and is therefore no accessible from other locations.

2. Limited Organizational Options:  Most systems only provide for folders for organization and may not include “tagging” for those website that need to be classified in more than one category.

3. Limited Sharing and Discovery Options: Often when bookmarks are saved locally, the user choices of sharing is limited.

Social bookmarking

1. Global Access: As long as the social bookmarking website is available, users can access their saved bookmarks from any computer.  This will allow users, especially those conducting research, to continue work across multiple computers in different locations.

2. Organizational Options: Social bookmarking sites such as, del.icio.us support tagging.

3. Discovery and Location: Social Bookmarking tools as in StumbleUpon permit users to search and explore saved websites of other users which benefits time saved in research.

Throughout the courses, my fellow cohorts and colleges have been sharing so many good sites and articles that social bookmarking has became a truly useful process.

Works Cited

EDUCAUSE. (2011, October 10). Retrieved October 8, 2011, from EDUCAUSE: http://www.wtvi.com/teks/07_08_articles/socialbookmarking101.pdf

Fryer, W. (2007, September 11). Moving At the Speed of Creativity. Retrieved October 8, 2011, from Social Bookmarks 101: http://www.speedofcreativity.org

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