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Using Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking, using websites like Delicious or Diigo, is a free web service that allows faculty and students to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized web source. With emphasis on the power of the community, social bookmarking greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet.

Delicious lets you and your students bookmark any site on the Internet, and get to it from anywhere. Instead of having different bookmarks on every computer, Delicious makes it easy to have a single set of bookmarks kept in sync between all of your computers – office, classroom, laptop or iPhone, and home.  Even if you're not on a computer you own, you can still get to your bookmarks on the Delicious website.

You and your students can share your bookmarks and get bookmarks in return. If your colleagues use Delicious, you can send them interesting bookmarks that they can check out the next time they log in. Of course, they can do the same for you.

Tags give you much more flexibility over saving bookmarks or favorites on your computer.  Instead of a single keyword, you can now assign multiple keywords (or “tags”) to any site, making recall and subsequent finding much easier.  It also allows a site like Delicious to be used as a search engine.  Others who use the same keywords you do will have already found and filed relevant websites that you can use for instruction or research.

As you explore the site and find interesting users, you can use the Subscriptions and Network features to keep track of the Delicious tags and users you find most interesting.  Through your network and your students’ networks, you connect with hundreds of people sharing websites and filtering information on topics of interest to you.

Delicious also allows you to organize your bookmarks into folders:

The web is awash in disorganized information.  Delicious brings order to this mess. {http://delicious.com/about}

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