Thursday, October 9, 2008

Freerange Tools: Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking -- where you save the things you really want to find again in a public place so your social network can see what's got your attention. What you bookmark is often what feeds your ideation. It used to be the social media application that I would recommend to people wanting to dabble with social networking. It still serves as a nice gateway technology.

For a time I thought that social bookmarking was a tool whose time had passed: Shiney new pennies and retiring applications. Now I'm thinking I pronounced its death prematurely. It still serves a useful function, and we all continue to use it. We just use it differently than we did a short time ago.

Which brings me to the tools. There are several places where you can do your social bookmarking. Our workgroup uses three different tools: Delicious-- where I started and still the most popular in our group, Magnolia-- what I use now, and diigo-- probably the most functional but perhaps the most complicated to use. I settled on Magnolia when they went all-in on OpenID. Yep, another decision made on openness. Since the good folks at Magnolia have gone entirely open-source this made my decision a no-brainer.

I had this to say about social bookmarking late last year. It talks about how my use of Google Reader was changing my sharing habits. I have since moved on to FriendFeed and Feedly, but the point is still valid:

Here's a trend I've noted in my own use of these tools. I'm finding that sharing through Reader is causing me to use del.icio.us less, or perhaps more appropriately. I'm finding that I am not bookmarking as many things that I find "interesting". Instead, I'm sharing these items through Reader. Things I bookmark are items that I actually want to return to in the future. How about you? Are you finding that you are using del.icio.us less and sharing in Reader more?

This trend is even more pronounced today. I don't think of social bookmarking as a place to share. I share other places, which is a subject for another post. Now I bookmark what I really want to bookmark--but it's done in the open-- which fits that freeranging requirement for openness and transparency.

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