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Social bookmarking is a public way to bookmark favorite web sites and share them with others. Tagging is an essential element of social bookmarking and involves assigning keywords or “tags” to websites in order to make them more useful and accessible. Creating a collection of social bookmarks involves registering with a bookmarking site such as Diigo or delicious and then adding websites, tagging them with keywords, and designating these tags as “public” or “private.” Over time a group working together can develop a co-created common tagging language, also called a folksonomy, that can provide a useful structure for a set of information resources. Social bookmarking can be especially useful in academia for distributing bibliographies or having students collect and categorize resources about a specific subject.
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Diigo is a social bookmarking site that allows registered users to bookmark and tag web pages. In addition to social bookmarking and knowledge sharing, Diigo is also a collaborative editing tool, allowing users to highlight parts of web pages and attach sticky notes to add comments to a page. Comments and highlighting can be shared with a group or kept private. A “lists” feature allows the user to share specific collections of bookmarks in list or slide format.
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Formerly Del.ici.ous, this social bookmarking web service provides storage, tagging, and sharing of bookmarked web pages with others. Use of the service is free and bookmarks can be set to private, but the emphasis of this site is on public sharing of resources.
Flickr is a photo sharing site that contains billions of photos as well as images and videos. It uses social bookmark tagging to assist users in locating images. Images can be uploaded, edited, organized, and shared. Geo-tagging is also being used on Flickr so that users can indicate where their photos and videos were taken and then see photos and videos that were taken nearby. Flickr can be especially useful in locating creative common-licensed photos that can be used in courses. It also has many creative applications for student learning involving both photographs and tagging.
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