Raise your hand if you've ever been frustrated because you can't remember the name of that interesting/useful website and it's only bookmarked on your home computer and you're at work (or vice versa)?
Well, social bookmarking is here to save the day. Social bookmarking sites allow you to save webpages you like to one bookmarking website, so you can access them from more than one computer or place. Convenient!
With social bookmarking, you can search your bookmarks from any computer or mobile device just by logging onto your social bookmarking account (different sites are outlined below).
The "social" aspect refers to the interaction between users of bookmarking sites. You can label, or "tag", your bookmarks to organize them the way you want, like "Investment Info" or "Cool Games for Kids". You'll be able to see sites that other people have tagged with the same label, and they can see sites you've bookmarked or tagged*. This helps you save time by introducing new sites on topics in which you are interested.
Diigo is a website that allows you to collect other websites and information and store them for access from anywhere. It's compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Droid phones, so you can find (and re-find) what you've saved. You're can highlight information on a certain page and view your highlights, or notes, even when you visit the page from other computers or web devices! Pretty cool.
This video shows you how to use Diigo and its tools.
Which leads us to...
After creating an account, at the upper right corner of the Diigo website, click on Tools to download the Diigo toolbar or Diigolet: The Diigo toolbar will display all of the Diigo tools whenever you're signed in to your account. If you don't want a permanent toolbar, the Diigolet doesn't need to be downloaded, just drag the Diigolet button to the top of the browser window as shown on their page and click it--a temporary toolbar will appear.
If you're feeling ambitious, try highlighting or adding a sticky note to a page. Play around with the tools Diigo offers, there are no mistakes!
*You can adjust your privacy options in "Account Settings" in the drop-down menu under your sign-in name at the top of the page.
One of the most popular bookmarking sites is Delicious, which is very similar to Diigo. If you have a Gmail account, Google has Google Bookmarks. There are also some social bookmarking sites that are "amped up." On these sites, you can vote for your favorite articles that have been bookmarked by other people that day. Examples of these are Digg, and Reddit. These are fun to look through if you like to see what people online are talking about right now. Some of the articles are quirky or about topics you might not necessarily gravitate towards, but that's what makes it so interesting!