A new social bookmarking website seems to appear every month. How do you choose the best one for you? I have been researching social bookmarking websites and here is my top ten. I have ranked the sites on how easy it is to find links to craft and card making web sites.
A social bookmarking website is a place where users can store their favourite web pages under categories and with tags (keywords) that make them easy to find later. Your bookmarks are backed up online and available on whatever computer you use. All users’ lists are combined to give a popularity rating for particular web pages. These combined lists are often available for all to view.
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Delicious is a social bookmarking service that enables users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source.
A search for “craft” and “card making” brings up good quality results.
2. Stumble Upon
StumbleUpon helps you discover and share websites with others who have similar interests. The more you use the service, the more likely it is that you will “Stumble” across pages you like.
A search for “craft” and “card making” brings up good results. A nice feature is the ability to apply a filter to your search results from a list of suggestions such as cards, scrapbooking, paper, diy, stamping.
Furl allows you to save pages to your archive with the option to add comments, categorize and date the item. Members have used it to create wish lists and comparison shopping lists.
A search for “craft” and “card making” brings up lots of on-target results.
4. Yahoo My Web
MyWeb users are out there discovering new sites, tagging them, and sharing them with the MyWeb community. The pages are ranked by the members.
A search for “craft” and “card making” produced thousands of suggestions and they were appropriate. It was easy to refine the search by adding more words to the search box.
Ma.gnolia members can add bookmarks and assign tags (labels) that make them easy to find again. The results are combined to form a collection that can be searched on the tags that have been added. The search results depend on how well the tags have been chosen.
A search for “craft” and “card making” brings up numerous results but it is harder to home in on specific aspects of card making.
reddit is a source for what is new and popular on the web, personalized for you. When you vote for pages, reddit notes your likes and dislikes and starts to recommend links filtered to your tastes.
A search for “card making” brings up copious results but then you need to start filtering with “add” and “remove” buttons. Presumably you will get better results once you have made your preferences known.
kirtsy is the place to bookmark anything that you’d like to share. If kirtsy users like what you submit, they’ll click on it. The more clicks, the more likely your link will make it to the front page. kirtsy was founded by three ladies and sees things from a feminine point of view.
A search for “craft” and “card making” brings up plentiful results but they are on numerous subjects. For example “card making” finds pages with “card” on them but not necessarily anything about making cards.
Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blogs, apparently. Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by their users.
A search for “craft” and “card making” produced many thousands of suggestions on many assorted subjects. I could not find an easy way to filter them to get to what I was looking for.
Facebook is mainly about connecting with friends, either from the real world or those you make online. It can also be used to share links and upload photos. It does not publish lists of links; this information is shared by looking at “Facebook friends” pages.
10. Google Bookmarks
Google Bookmarks is for personal bookmarking without the social aspect. If you are registered with Google you can add bookmarks to a section on your account and go back later to view them. Google do not provide lists of bookmarks added by others but my guess is that your bookmarks will help rank pages in their general search engine.
What is your favourite social bookmarking website?