Social bookmarking: what the…?

You probably know bookmarks (or favourites) are shortcuts to your favourite websites. Social bookmarking stores your bookmarks on the web, so you can access them from anywhere. The social side comes from the fact that you can allow other people to see what sites you have bookmarked.As you save a website, you ‘tag’ it with keywords – similar to subject headings. You can then search for websites under the tags. So, for example, this blog might be stored under the tags ‘library blog’ ‘web 2.0’ ‘wa libraries’ or whatever else sums it up for you. If you click on any of these tags, you will be sent to a list which includes this blog and other sites bookmarked under that tag.

There are many social bookmarking programs. The most popular one is Delicious; another good one is called Magnolia.

At SLWA, using Magnolia we have set up a group collection of bookmarks to use at our reference desk. If you are searching for information, this could be a good place to start, as the sites we have chosen are high quality. Just click on the link and start exploring what we have bookmarked. If you like any of them, you can add them to your collection, once you have an account.

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