The Social Bookmarking Phenomenon!

Lately it seems that everywhere you turn, there is a new social bookmarking site of some sort. These sites are interesting, and serve an important purpose. According to Wikipedia, social bookmarking is “a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages with the help of metadata (i.e. tags).”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_bookmarking

To me, these sites are useful in that they offer an alternative to search engines for organizing and rating content. It is actual web users who find and rate the content, not just a computerized search algorithm.

Below, I have chosen my top five social bookmarking and news sites that are competing and vying for your attention and time:

Digg.com

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what makes this site stand out?:

  • anyone can submit a Digg site, and anyone can comment on it
  • you can vote and comment on links and stories
  • you can “dig” and “bury” stories
  • an effective marketing tool for entrepreneurs

address: http://digg.com/

Reddit

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what makes this site stand out?:

  • this is a social news site that allows users to post links to web content
  • has a “what’s hot”, new and controversial lists
  • the site has a really fun “feel” to it!
  • there is a WTF link at the top – hours of fun!

address: http://www.reddit.com/

StumbleUpon

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what makes this site stand out?:

  • allows you to take advantage of a vast network of dedicated Web searchers who are finding utterly brilliant sites, and sharing them with you. (see: http://websearch.about.com/od/bestwebsites/tp/freebookmarks.htm
  • the quality of the sites is amazing
  • a form of “channel-surfing” on the web
  • have fun clicking the Stumble! button over and over again!

address: http://www.stumbleupon.com/

Delicious

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what makes this site stand out?:

address: http://delicious.com/

Slashdot

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what makes this site stand out?:

  • this site has a nerdy bent to it
  • a gathering place for computer nerds and geeks
  • features user-submitted and editor-evaluated stories about science, computer technology, politics, science fiction etc.

address: http://slashdot.org/

*picture credits to http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-bookmarking

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