Social bookmarking is the “practice of saving bookmarks to a public web site and “tagging” them with keywords” (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 2005). Because bookmarks are saved online, they can be accessed from any Internet-enabled device and shared with others. Diigo is one of the most commonly used social bookmarking sites.
The main benefits of social bookmarking tools – storing, ordering, and sharing relevant information – apply directly to education. You may use social bookmarking for personal information management and collaboration:
- Build a personal collection of bookmarks. Students can be assigned to collect and organize bookmarks on research topics. While saving web links to their online collection, it’s possible to make them public or private.
- Tag saved bookmarks for easy sorting and searching. Tags, i.e., keywords associated with the bookmarked content, should be assigned to saved links. Tags make it easier to find links in a growing collection.
- Search and discover links saved by others. Social bookmarking sites allow you to view public bookmarks created by other users. Search all public bookmarks by full text, tags, users, friends, or groups.
- Build a group collection of bookmarks. Users can create a group and invite others to join it. Group members would build a common repository of web resources by adding relevant bookmarks to the group list.
- Share bookmarks with others. Students can share bookmarks with others using Twitter or email, and discuss bookmarked information through comments and annotations.
- Create a free account with a social bookmarking site.
- Explore several social bookmarking sites and decide which one you want to use. Diigo is one of the most popular options.
- Sign up for a free account at the site of your choice.
- Start saving your bookmarks while browsing web pages.
- Download and install a browser extension to add buttons to your browser. These buttons will make it easy to save bookmarks online as you view web pages.
- Save web links and mark them with tags (keywords). The tags will help you sort and search the saved links.
- Share your bookmarks using Twitter, email or the group feature.
- Discover bookmarks saved by other users. Visit a social bookmarking site and search for public bookmarks by full text, tags, users, friends, or groups.
- Social Bookmarking in Plain English, a video by Common Craft.
- Classroom Collaboration using social bookmarking service Diigo, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2011.
- Seven things you should know about social bookmarking, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 2005.