Thing 10: Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking services allow you to save or bookmark your favourite web sites online and to share them with others. Using a Social bookmarking service is like saving favourites to Internet Explorer or any other web browser but with added benefits:
Some advantages of social bookmarking

  • You can access your bookmarks from any computer or device with an internet connection
  • You can share your bookmarks with others (although you can also keep any that you don’t want to share private!)
  • You can “tag” bookmarks with relevant keywords to help you (and others) to retrieve them easily.

The following services offer Social Bookmarking: Delicious, Diigo, Digg, Connotea and Stumbleupon. For a longer list see

We will use Diigo.
More about Tagging
Tagging is a facility used by many Web 2.0 services – not just bookmarks. It allows you to associate keywords or phrases with particular items (for example pictures, videos, bookmarks, catalogue records etc) in order to make them easier for you and others to retrieve. You can add as many tags as you like which makes it easy to describe items that cover many different concepts.
It is also possible to use “shared tags”. These are tags used by people who want to share items on a particular topic. To facilitate this, users tag relevant items with an agreed shared tag. For example, to share items with other people participating in the RHUL 23 things programme, add the tag “rhul23”. A search on rhul23 will then reveal all the items shared by programme members.

Diigo (Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other Stuff)
Are you fed up of finding good websites and then not being able to re-find them? Do you want to share useful websites with your colleagues? Then Diigo could be for you! Diigo allows you to save and share your favourite websites. It works in a similar way to the Delicious service that some of you may be familiar with (but Delicious is up for sale and faces an uncertain future).
With Diigo you can:

  • Bookmark your favourite websites and then access them from any PC that you login to.
  • Tag (or index!) your favourite websites so that you can easily search for them later on.
  • Highlight or annotate your chosen websites, making notes that will be there the next time you visit the site.
  • Share your favourite websites with colleagues. You might want to think about sharing sites across your team.
  • Search for websites and view other people’s reviews and comments.

This video explains a bit more about Diigo.

Thing 14: Create a Diigo account and download the Diigolet. Please download the step by step instructions to get started! Once your account is active, bookmark some of your favourite web sites and add some tags.
Optional extra: Share your favourite websites with a colleague.

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  1. Another thing (that Kim loves) is Pocket (formerly Read It Later). Pocket ( lets you save articles, web pages, tweets, to your account – and syncs them automatically with your smartphone or tablet so that you can read them even without an internet connection. Very useful for nosy people who have too much to read and spend time on trains or other places where internet connections can be unreliable.
    You can tag items in your Pocket, comment on them, email them to yourself… And by adding a simple little bookmarklet to your web browser, saving articles is very easy!
    Kim promises that she’s not sponsored by Pocket…

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