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Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren't shared, merely bookmarks that reference them. In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.
technorati
Technorati is an Internet search engine for searching blogs. By June 2008, Technorati was indexing 112.8 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media.
When you search technorati it will find the latest blog posts in their search engine. The most recent updated posts are the ones that show first for those searched keywords. So unlike regular search engines, where its all about SEO and pagerank to get to the top, you will instead find the freshest content in the beginning results.
Another useful thing about technorati, is it can tell you all the bloggers that are linking to your blog through a blog post or blogroll. This gives you a great opportunity to exchange links or comment on their blog.
While I haven’t gotten a whole lot of traffic as a result of Technorati, it only takes about 15 minutes to register and claim your blog. Blog software like WordPress will automatically “ping” technorati after each post. Pinging is where it will tell Technorati you have just updated your blog with new content. Technorati will then spider your site and update their search engine with your new post.
digg
Digg is so named because users 'digg' articles they agree with and 'bury' articles they don't agree with. It has a simple look and feel that makes it easy to hop right on and start using the site. Articles are listed down the page with a brief description and a voting tag that prominently displays how many diggs the article has received.
Users can choose to view listings of popular articles and upcoming articles. Upcoming articles are new articles that have not received enough digs to make it to the popular listing.
The categories are broken out into technology, science, world and business, sports, entertainment, and gaming. Each of these has subcategories that further break down the article's subject. The category system is driven by an easy-to-use pull-down menu system.
Digg makes it easy to comment on articles or share an article with your friends among the Diggnation. You can also send an article to a friend by email.
Digg has been criticized for the amount of control the top users have over what articles are displayed and what articles get sunk.
delicious
Del.icio.us lets you save, import, and tag bookmarks without fuss. As the most popular take-it-with-you bookmarking service, Del.icio.us can be a powerful tool for sharing content with other users.
To get started, just visit Del.icio.us to create a free account, verify it, and log in. You can select Del.icio.us's Import/Upload link to copy up to 5MB worth of browser bookmarks to your account. Del.icio.us will translate folder names into tags and can tell if you already have a page bookmarked, so you shouldn't wind up with duplicates. You can add new bookmarks individually within a simple form at Del.icio.us, or drag a bookmarklet to your browser's Bookmarks or Links Toolbar, so that you can click Post To Del.icio.us without leaving the window.
Del.icio.us hasn't changed much since Yahoo bought it in 2005, nor has it merged with My Yahoo or integrated with a host of other Yahoo services. The text-and-white-space interface of Del.icio.us remains monochromatic with a touch of blue, which would have looked up-to-date in the last century. The overall lack of design means Del.icio.us loads in a snap, so you don't have to wait for big images to appear if you're stuck with a dial-up connection. However, social search services Wink and StumbleUpon also load quickly while managing to be easier on the eyes. Tiny thumbnail previews of Web pages are a recent interface addition to Del.icio.us. Even more useful, the competing Windows Live Favorites previews bookmarked pages within its interface. Text ads appear within the Del.icio.us site, but they're pretty low-key.
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Reddit was launched in 2005 by two University of Virginia graduates. It was part of the Y Combinator program of Paul Graham for young startups. In 2006 they where bought by the company that also owns Wired.com
Reddit tries to improve upon the already existing social bookmarking websites. The most important difference are the individual recommendations. If you spend time voting for stories your preferences will improve the things which are shown to you.
The look and feel of Reddit is clean and simple. There is a lot of content; no graphics or ads to distract you. This 'just-the-product' approach makes it easy to surf through all the available links.
Reddit lets users vote on stories and pictures they like (hot) or don't like (cold). The most popular ones are posted on the frontpage and on individual recommendations pages. The individual pages consider your past voting preferences when selecting stories to display.
Not only can you use Reddit to share and discover new Web sites, you can also explore the Reddit subnetworks, called subReddits. Basically, these are channels of particular topics such as Science, Programming, and all sorts of other channels. 
stumbleupon
StumbleUpon lets you discover new articles and videos based on a community opinion. You can use the website to find popular sites based on many topics. Many users install the toolbar and click the Stumble button to find a new site or rate an existing one. StumbleUpon uses the serendepity factor more than other social bookmarking websites. You don't know what the next site will bring but more often than not it is interesting and of high quality.
Registration requires your email address and a birth date. You must create a username but a password is automatically generated. After signup you are encouraged to download the toolbar. You can login with either your email address or your username. We got 4 emails during the first two weeks after signing up encouraging us to remember the "Golden Rule" of Stumbling: the more you do it, the better it gets!
The website features a lot of small 'screenshots' of the recommended websites. The integration of video is nicely done. A lot of people will use the toolbar to get recommendations.
First, the emphasis is definitely on sharing great sites with the greater StumbleUpon community. You can do this simply by installing the StumbleUpon toolbar. As you come across great sites that you would like to bookmark and share, you hit the Thumbs Up button on the StumbleUpon toolbar, give the sites a few quick tags and categories (this is to help other Stumblers find what you’re about to submit more easily), and then click Enter. That’s the social bookmarking/social networking part of StumbleUpon.
newsvine
Newsvine was started by veterans of Disney, ESPN and other media groups in March 2006.
At Newsvine, you can read stories from established media organizations like the Associated Press as well as individual contributors from all around the world. Placement of stories is determined by a multitude of factors including freshness, popularity, and reputation. Contribution is open to all, and editorial judgement is in the hands of the community.
Additionally registered members can also post their own news as well as seed posts which are linked to the original news source. This translates into an interesting, interactive and dynamic site. The articles can be voted on and tagged, making it a social site as well. The creators of newsvine.com have designed the site in such a manner that irritating spam is done away with.
The main feature of newsvine.com is user interaction, tagging and voting. This translates into fresh and early reporting of important news as perceived by readers. Instead of reading about personal escapades of people, the news on this website is displayed depending on popularity, which means quality information. Another feature of seeding or putting links to origin of news feeds is unique in this application. This ensures fast and quick display of relevant news. The application provides news from regular wire sources as well as user generated news. This provides balance and a good mix of news.
The news items change periodically every ten seconds. The news display at the center of the screen is attractive and catchy. The user interface for registration and login is simple. Navigation has been kept to a basic level without any complicated submenu. Overall, newsvine.com conforms to a good interface design standards.
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Diigo, is a magnificent online collaborative platform that lets web users to bookmark and tag websites. In addition to simple bookmarking of websites, the platform also allows its users to highlight some specific portion of the web pages. This feature tremendously helps users in enhancing their research productivities by allowing them to share the information in a more precise and concise manner. Users can further attach sticky notes to the web-pages to ensure interactive sharing with other members. These sticky notes and highlighted text stays permanently with the tagged web pages thereby assisting users in easy re-evaluation of the tagged content. Diigo serves as a personalized repository for its members, as the application stores their entire data, which includes- highlighted content, original URLs, and sticky notes- on its servers. The website can also be viewed as an effectual social content website comprising of huge information database on diverse range of topics. In addition to obtaining the required URLs and highlighted text, Diigo users also gain insights of other members of the website. On the basis of users’ interests, its software also recommends matching resources and news to them. Users can also search out people with matching interests through their tags and websites. Diigo markedly differs from other applications its kind, as it offers a lot over simple social bookmarking to its users. Striking a top notch over the other social bookmarking applications, Diigo lets its users to highlight the required part of tagged web-pages that further facilitates in easy and focused sharing. Moreover, the website also offers the features of social networking website and tenders its users a commendable platform to explore their interests.
Scribd
Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing website. The company claims more than 50 million readers every month and houses tens of millions written works including best-selling books, magazines, research reports, recipes, presentations, and more.
Often called a “YouTube for documents,” Scribd enables you to upload documents of varied formats – including MS Office Documents, Google Docs, PDF and ePUB files – and make those documents searchable (across the web and within the documents themselves), social, and easy to embed in websites and blogs.
Scribd’s document reader has been embedded more than 10 million times across the web, on sites like The New York Times, USA Today, Guardian, and TechCrunch. More than 1.5 million searches happen on Scribd.com every day, and prominent partners include media companies like The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune; publishers such as Random House, Workman, Wiley, and Simon & Schuster; government organizations like the FCC, Sunlight Foundation, Red Cross, and Meg Whitman’s campaign for CA governor; businesses including Ford Motor Company and Accenture; and more.
Reading long-form written content (books, magazines, documents) has been a solitary experience for too long, but technologies now exist to bring people together through their shared interests. Scribd acts as a hub for all your written content -- where you can upload, organize and distribute your work on the web and mobile devices.
thooflogo
Thoof is a website that offers interesting news articles, websites, videos, photographs, and other links from around the web. Everything on the site is posted by Thoof readers, and can also be improved and edited by those same readers. What makes Thoof unique is a sophisticated algorithm which discovers a reader"s interests and tailors the stories to each reader"s individual tastes. Every Thoof reader will see a personalized page with stories he or she will find interesting. All that you, as a reader, have to do is simply read what you like, and Thoof takes care of the rest!There's a new content discovery site going into private beta today: Thoof. The concept is that it knows who you are, where you are, and what you like, and picks online sites and stories for you based on that information. Thoof determines if other users will see the item based on their previous selections (Thoof aims to find out what you like according to your click history). Other readers are free to edit news items; changes are voted upon; if they are liked they stand. Over time Thoof will bring you news specifically tailored to your tastes.
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