Social Bookmarking: What is it?

Copyright © Alan Mater
http://www.ReplaceYourSalary.com

Social bookmarking is a means of storing people's bookmarks online, tagging them, and sharing them online with other users. Social bookmarks are a way for internet users to store, organize, search, share and manage web pages on the internet that they find interesting. They replace the traditional method of adding a site to the favorites or bookmarks of a browser-based system of folders. Instead, users are encouraged to organize their bookmarks by using tags to describe the site that they bookmark.

Users from all over the world bookmark sites or specific pages using their favorite social bookmarks. They can search through their bookmarks by tags, and can access their bookmarks from any internet connection worldwide. Pretty much all social bookmark sites have the same basic features like browser bookmarklets or "widgets" for one-click link saving, RSS feeds, tags and sharing capabilities.

In a bookmarking system, users save links to web pages they want to remember or share by the use of RSS feeds. These bookmarks can then be organized into a list of tags that describes the site in some way. People are always searching for information on the internet. The search function is probably the most important application on the web for surfers to find what they are looking for. Search engines give more relevancy to sites that have been recently changed or have added new content.

This is where social bookmarks are one step ahead of the game, notifying users when a site has been updated through the RSS feeds. Instead of searching for something in a search engine, users can quickly narrow down the items to what they are looking for by searching the tags. They can even search through what other people have bookmarked as long as they remain public. So, what started out as a way to send bookmarks to friends has really grown into social search engines.

Social bookmark sites allow users to see other people's bookmarks and comment about them, creating interactivity among bookmark users. Social bookmarking is all about the collective voice and the power of the people. As these services have matured and grown more popular, they extra features have been added such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and groups or other social network features. A social bookmarking system can rank a resource, or website, based on how many times it has been bookmarked by users. Conventional search engines mainly rank websites based on the number of external links pointing to it.

Social technologies are definitely here to stay, and are becoming very popular. Social bookmarks as well as other social network sites continue to be one of the driving forces of this evolving web. It is all about labeling the web, making it easier to find content that people are looking for by passing on what they have found to others. For users, social bookmark sites can be a useful way to access a consolidated set of bookmarks from various computers, organize large numbers of bookmarks, and share bookmarks with contacts. Social bookmarking allows users to share the sites that they own to others with relevant tastes, driving traffic to their site, and creating valuable backlinks.

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Alan Mater has been using social bookmarking and RSS feeds to generate quality website traffic to his websites. Take a look at these extra money making ideas to earn extra income from home.
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