Sunday, November 4, 2007

Social Bookmarking

Those of us who were used to storing our favorite websites in a sidebar-like window on our own computers on which we could click while we were sitting at those computers had our world expanded several years ago when Social Bookmarking appeared. Suddenly, we were able to access our favorite sites from anywhere on the Internet because they were stored on an online site, being one of the first and most popular of these sites.
Not only could we save these favorite sites for our own use, but we could share them with everyone and see what others had bookmarked through the use of categories called Tags. I could, for example, see who else had been saving sites on Aromatherapy and compare my tagged sites with theirs.
This process has triggered the sequence of events that resulted in a social web ecosystem, one that is rich in sharing mutual interests and also, along the way, allowed a sort of mutually-created "map" through the jungle of overwhelming cyber-information that pointed out trailmarkers toward specialized topics.
I discovered a helpful video produced by Lee LeFever about Social Bookmarking 101. It's great, and makes me want to take more advantage of this community resource.
If you haven't explored Social Bookmarking, I encourage you to give it a try.

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