When you bookmark a website in your browser, it’s a convenient mechanism for keeping track of that site in the future. Using Safari or Firefox, you can organize these bookmarks in folders and be ready to call up any number of your favorite sites.
But more often today I’m sending my favorite sites to a social bookmarking service. The two I like are delicious.com and diigo.com. Both urge you to install a special link into your bookmarks bar in Safari or Firefox, which is about the most complex thing about the process. It’s easy.
After it’s installed, you click on this link whenever you get to a site you like. It sends it to the service, and keeps track of it for you. But better than folders, it organizes the bookmarks by keyword tags. So if I find a site on education that deals with math, I might tag it “education” and “math.” I can always return to the site to later find all the sites I’ve found that deal with “math,” and sure enough, it pops up.
The process is also cool because of the social aspect. As with Facebook, it’s about who you know. If you know my username, you can see my public bookmarks – sites I like to visit or have saved. It’s a really great way to find new sites of interest.
Diigo has one feature Delicious lacks – and that’s annotations and highlighting. It remembers what you liked about a particular site when you bookmark it, and if you signup for a free education account, you can share these sites with students. Imagine – students arrive to a bookmarked page with the important content already highlighted and annotated.
If you’d like to get started with social bookmarking, let me or one of our ITRTs know!