Social Bookmarking: Accessing Your Favorites From Anywhere, 24/7


Before Web 2.0 existed, when you discovered a really cool website before Web 2.0, you bookmarked it in your browser so you could quickly access it again in the future. This worked well for the most part; however, a few issues arose with this method of bookmarking. When a site was bookmarked on one computer, it was only available on that specific computer. Change computers, and you lose your bookmarks. Another problem with this method of bookmarking is that you could not easily share your bookmarks with other people. Consequently, other people could not share their bookmarks with you.

That was until now...

As you are aware, technology has changed - and for the better. Now you are able to organize all of your favorite websites in one convenient online location, and you can easily share them with others. Social bookmarking has arrived. With social bookmarking, you simply set up an account with a web-based bookmarking site, and then add new websites to this account as needed. Your bookmarks are stored online, so they are accessible and editable on any computer.


A "Del.icio.us" Concept

Del.icio.us is a free social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet.

Why Use Del.icio.us?

  • Bookmarked sites are accessible from any computer anywhere, anytime.
  • Bookmarks can be categorized through the use of "tags", or keywords, created to help organize similar web sites.
  • Multiple tags can be assigned for the same site; For example, you can tag a web site containing information about social bookmarking into various categories such bookmarking, web 2.o, tools, resources, etc.
  • Cool and practical sites can be shared with colleagues and/or students.
  • It's a great time saving tool. Instead of searching through an every growing number of web sites and blogs, you can search del.icio.us and discover what others have found to be valuable. Others can benefit from your research as well.
  • Through the use of a various tools, you have the option to create a network of people who bookmark similar web sites. By using this feature, you can monitor the group's latest additions. This is an excellent way of discovering useful new websites.
  • Although the bookmarks are by default public information, you can change the settings so that others have no or limited access to what you mark.
  • Del.icio.us has an easy to follow help section that explains the components of the web site.

Educational Benefits/Classroom Applications:

  • Network with other educators who share your interests.
  • Create social bookmark accounts for your school's academic departments. Teachers within the department all contribute to the growing database of web resources.
  • Contact others for professional networking, based on their social bookmarks.
  • Allow yourself and your students to share bookmarks on research topics.
  • Collaborate on projects with other schools, sharing bookmarks between all participating communities.

Real-world Examples of Social Bookmarking:


Tutorials/Videos:

  • Social Bookmarking in Plain English

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