Social bookmarking tools provide a useful way to collect and organise online resources. There are a number of different social bookmarking services available, including Delicious, Diigo, Mendeley, Zotero and many others. They all work in a similar way although some services have particular features which add to their appeal. For instance Diigo allows you to annotate your bookmarked pages and Mendeley allows you to export a reference list.
- Tag – Add keywords/phrases using tags to help you find a bookmark and organise it with others on the same topic.
- Search – Search other peoples bookmarks to see if they have marked anything you have not seen.
- Share – Share your bookmark via email, Twitter or by using the same tag as other people.
- Browser Add-ons – Many of the social bookmarking services have a tool which you can add to your internet browser to make it easier to add bookmarks.
- Groups – Create a group and invite people with common interests to join, so you can share bookmarks with each other.
- Follow – Follow other users of the service who have similar interests to you. They may bookmark resources you would be interested in too.
- Read Later – Some of the tools allow you to mark a bookmark as something to read later. This provides a nice collection of resources that you can go back to when you have more time.
- Annotate – Some services may also allow you to annotate the pages that you bookmark. This can help when taking notes and highlighting which sections are of particular interest.
- Mobile App – Many of the services offer a mobile version allowing you to go back and look at some of the links that you have added whilst you are on the move.
- References – Some social bookmarking tools allow you to export a bibliography or reference list. This can make it quicker for you to add references for assignments.
If you want to get a better understanding of how social bookmarking tools work, take a look at this video from Common Craft called Social Bookmarking in Plain English.