Top Picks: Social Bookmarking Sites
The social or live Web is new territory for many of you. As a result, the sheer numbers of sites and services that are available can seem overwhelming. So, recently, we researched over 50 social bookmarking sites to see which of them we felt would have good staying power on the new, live Web. The following are our picks.
These picks are in no particular order. Social Media Power is not affiliated with any of these sites, we simply provide this list as a courtesy to our readers. The best way to discover your favorites is to visit each site individually. Please note that these sites are for “general” content, there may be niche sites out there more relevant to your industry.
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“del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website — the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.”
“Technorati is the recognized authority on what’s happening on the World Live Web, right now. The Live Web is the dynamic and always-updating portion of the Web. We search, surface, and organize blogs and the other forms of independent, user-generated content (photos, videos, voting, etc.) increasingly referred to as ‘citizen media.”
“StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble!, the site delivers high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended by your friends or one of 4,401,728 other Web surfers with interests similar to you. Rating these sites you like automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover great sites your friends recommend.”
“Faves.com’s mission is to help people discover the most personally relevant web content across a broad variety of topics. Faves.com’s free website delivers recommendations personalized to each user’s topics and people of interest. Through a unique Topic Network, Faves.com users are connected to other members who make the highest quality recommendations in their respective areas of interest.”
“Keeping your bookmarks on a website allows you to access your favorite websites from anywhere. Your bookmarks are available and always backed up no matter which computer you use. You can see what other people have found and share bookmarks with your friends. Bookmarks can be kept private, but most are public and available for everyone to see. See who has the same interests as you! In social bookmarking, you only find the bookmarks that other people think are worth keeping. Ma.gnolia ratings and tags instantly give you an idea of what people think of a bookmark, making your web searches more informed than ever. It’s like having a community of assistants help you find what you need, when you need it.”
“Furl is a social bookmarking site that makes it easy to save and share favorite Web sites.”
“Mister Wong offers you an interesting way to save all of your favorite websites in a personal account, which you have access to online no matter where you are. With the use of tags, you can organize your favorite bookmarks comfortably and individually. You decide whether you you want to make your bookmarks private, so that only you can see them, or public for all to see. From all public bookmarks Mister Wong becomes an ideal peer-to-peer search engine, where you can search for subjects by tags. With Mister Wong, websites that have been saved by lots of users get higher rankings. This new trend is called social bookmarking, and is an excellent addition to traditional search engines, because exceptionally good search results can be found.”
“Use one click (“blink”) and your favorite Web site is saved. You are given the option to describe and tag the Web site right then, or wait until later. Share Web sites with friends or mark them as private and no one else can see them on your list. You can access your saved Web sites any time, from any computer because BlinkList gives you your own Web site to saves your favorites: blinklist.com/yourname. Save as many sites as you want, and navigate through them with tags. Also, BlinkList finds Web sites specifically for you based on your interests.”
“Gabbr allows you to read and comment on the latest news across major news sources as well as the blogosphere. Bloggers can submit their blog posts to appear on the front page for others to comment on. If your blogsite has its own RSS or Atom feed you can submit it to Gabbr so that others can read it thereby increasing the distribution of your site’s content. You can store your favorite websites online through Gabbr’s interface. Once they are stored online you can access these bookmarks anywhere you like, and you can share the bookmarks, or keep them private.”
“Simpy is a social bookmarking service. With Simpy, you can save, tag and search your own bookmarks and notes or browse and search other users’ links and tags. You can be open and share your links with others, or keep them private. Simpy also helps you find like-minded people, discover new and interesting sites, publish your bookmarks, detect and eliminate link-rot, etc. Simpy constantly crawls, checks, and re-indexes your bookmarks, allowing you to quickly see all your broken bookmarks and fix them.”
“At BuddyMarks.com you can store all your bookmarks on-line and be able to get to them from anywhere. Just add a simple bookmarklet to your browser (don’t get nervous, it’s real easy). When you find a web page you’d like to add to your list, just click the BuddyMarks.com bookmarklet, decide what folder you want to put it in, click ‘add.’”
“Xerpi is a place to save, organize and find websites. Xerpi frees you from the limits of browser bookmarks. With Xerpi you can access your favorites from any computer, and share your favorites with your friends. You can use Xerpi to link directly to bank websites, yoga schedules, news sites and any website you visit frequently. You can also use it to organize cool links you find.”
“Netvouz is a social bookmarking service that allows you to save your favorite links online and access them from any computer, wherever you are. Organize your bookmarks in folders and tag each bookmark with keywords. Access them quickly on your own personalized bookmarks page. Share your bookmarks with others or password protect them for your own privacy. Netvouz is a great way to discover new interesting web sites.”
“You can save and tag content (any URL) to your account in RawSugar. You can access your bookmarks anywhere in the world with just a web browser and an internet connection. You can share your bookmarks or keep them private. Organize your content in flexible hierarchies. You can keep track of your friend’s bookmarks or bookmarks of someone with similar interests like you. With RawSugar’s classification of tags in a hierarchy and by merging everyone’s hierarchies, you can search RawSugar and find appropriate, relevant and trusted information intelligently and using our topic-driven navigation to discover additional points of relevance with ease.”
“Kinja is a weblog guide, collecting news and commentary from some of the best sites on the web. Visitors can browse items on topics, or they can create a convenient personal digest, to track their favorite writers. Weblogs are much talked about, but still challenging to navigate for the average web user. Kinja is designed to bring weblog writers to a broader audience, by making it easier to explore topics, posts and writers.”
“Bibsonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature. When discovering a bookmark or a publication on the web, you can store it on our server. You can add tags to your entry to retrieve it more easily. This is very similar to the bookmarks/favorites that you store within your browser. The advantage of Bibsonomy is that you can access your data from whereever you are. Furthermore, you can discover more bookmarks and publications from your friends and other people.”
“Saving references in Conntoea is quick and easy. You do it by saving a link to a web page for the reference, whether that be the PubMed entry, the publisher’s PDF, or even an Amazon product page for a book. Connotea will, wherever possible, recognize the reference and automatically add in the bibliographic information for you. In Connotea you assign keywords (or ‘tags’) to your references. These can be anything you like, and you can use as many as you like, so there’s no more need to navigate complicated hierarchies of folders and categories. Connotea shows you all the tags you’ve ever used, so it’s easy to get back to a reference once you’ve saved it.”
“As you discover interesting Web pages, use the Backflip it! button to save them and Backflip will organize them for you. Then, simply go to your Backflip account and you’ll find all of your favorite pages filed in your personal directory — which you can access from any computer. All it takes is a click, and whenever you find interesting Web pages, you can depend on easily getting back to them, no matter how many you save: Backflip saves your pages and organizes them. With Backflip, you’ll always get back to the good stuff. Now Backflip makes it easy to share and discuss the interesting things you find online with your friends. Simply enter the email addresses of anyone you’d like to share with, and Backflip takes care of the rest. Your friends are notified and they can view Web pages you select, whether they’re Backflip members or not. They can make comments, view each other’s comments, and if you choose, they can contribute more interesting pages.”
“MyLinkVault is a free online favorites manager. Other favorites managers can be so clumsy to use – trying to rearrange your favorites can be slow and frustrating. With MyLinkVault, we’ve created an easy drag-and-drop interface, so you can rearrange your links and categories quickly and easily – it’s just as easy as rearranging the icons on your Windows Desktop!”
“SiteJot allows you to store all your bookmarks/favorites in one online location, making them easy to access and manage from anywhere. Your bookmarks (organized by category) are displayed on a simple, well laid out page. SiteJot will even integrate with your web browser, allowing you to bookmark any site you are currently visiting with a click of your mouse. Using SiteJot’s personalized RSS feed, you can easily view your bookmarks from multiple different sources.”
“Connectedy is a web site where you can upload your bookmarked/favorite links from your browser into a free account. Connectedy users enjoy the convenience of keeping all their links online. It is indispensable if you change computers often or use multiple computers at home, work, and school. You can sort your links, search through them, and collect new ones as you surf the web.”
“Searchles is a highly scaleable “social search” platform that showcases expertise, enables collaboration with peers and instantly captures it in searchable knowledge indexes. The platform is a hybrid, combining aspects of “social bookmarking” and “social networking” technology with analytical “social search” capability. You decide who influences your discovery efforts, when, and how, through networks of trust you create – no other bookmarking or social search site lets you do that!”
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Yes, Jhangor, Digg is good, but I consider it a crowd-sourcing site. Check out this post for more: https://socialmediapower.com/2008/03/06/top-picks-crowd-sourced-news-aggregators/
great list, I would also like to add PR2 bookmarking site Onlinesocialbookmarking.com to the list, thanks
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