Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking has become a popular aspect of social networking for professionals because it allows groups to share and search for relevant information and resources in an efficient way. Social bookmarking features can be added to your favourite internet browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or Safari by installing a plugin via the tools menu. Popular social bookmarking plugins include Diigo, Delicious and Evernote. Social bookmarking apps can also be installed on mobile devices such as IPads and Android phones or tablets. The web browser plugins and mobile apps can be synced to one account so that all your bookmarks remain live and are the same on each chosen device. Information professionals who research, share and collaborate can use features of Diigo in a more efficient ways than traditional methods of web browser bookmarking, emailing and or posting links on a blog. Diigo features allow users to annotate (highlight) webpages and share that annotation with their social network via a social bookmark (See Image One). Evernote also provides sharing features that allow social bookmarks to be posted on Facebook and Twitter (See Image Two).

Social bookmarking apps and plugins have a useful feature called a tag. Adding a tag to a bookmark is an extra step but there are social bookmarking benefits for professionals. A tag adds searchable metadata to the bookmark and this is useful because semantic search scripts can locate information containing the tag data from a range of different locations and display it all in a list on the same page. Searching metadata tags can be a quick way to locate resources for specific course topics such as Modern History (See Image Three). Further, when used ethically, the information/ resource can be shared and collaborated on among multiple individuals in an efficient way (Ruffini, 2011; Keiser, 2012). Barsky and Purdon (2006) highlight the useful nature of tagging folksonomies for the development of social networking groups who seek to share information from new digital resources. Vander Wal (2007) argues that folksonomies are adding value to the professional use of social bookmarking across social networks that are seeking to filter relevant information and resources in an efficient way. The Diigo website (previously also known as allows members to form, join and organised into social networking groups that can share and locate resources in one place using social bookmarking taxonomies (folksonomies) to organise the information. Information professional who are seeking to research, share and collaborate can use those features of Diigo  (diigobuzz, 2009) in a more efficient way than the traditional methods of web browser bookmarking, email and or posting links on a blog. Google has responded to the technological developments made by Diigo, Delicious and Evernote by releasing their own Google Bookmarks application that also syncs/ stores bookmarks across profiles/ devices and enables sharing of social bookmarks within google+ circles and other social networks (Kawasaki, 2014).

Despite some concerns about the nomenclature of folksonomies (Rosenfold, 2005), Specia and Motta (2007) highlight their increasing value in the development of a more democratic ‘bottom up’ taxonomy of information hierarchy. Modern search engines can work with tags using Web 3.0 affordances and students who research, share and collaborate using tags may find exciting avenues for self directing their education activities. A significant potential for teachers is that the use of tagging can be integrated into more innovative research, sharing and collaborative tasks that move toward a more student centred environment for the classroom.



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