Social Bookmarking: share, collaborate and contribute online


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Social bookmarking is a way of sharing resources and information online. Whether it is for synchronizing bookmarks for personal use or to collaborate with a team of individuals, social bookmarking tools allow you to quickly build a list of resources through use of tagging and content sharing.

This TechSoup Canada February Toronto Net Tuesday event focused on how two organizations have used social bookmarking.

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  • Collaborative capability: task oriented uses. - Education collaboration – workshops or courses, list items of interest Mutual research project that involves web research. Research enhancement: see what others in your area of interest have gathered, share what you have gathered. Shorten your web research to finding what others have already located Get in contact with networks of other interested folks, opportunity to connect further if discussion is needed.
  • Are the people/trusted sources you already know about/follow already online and sharing? If so, great! Following/engaging with others in your field/interest area – if they find it, you find it. Trusted Networks Peer-to-peer is an expectation and a preference (lived experience is most highly regarded) With experts, interaction and accessibility is a priority Examples of this are Del.Icio.Us, Stumble Upon, Forums, Etc. * Currency - o How recent is the information? o How recently has the website been updated? o Is it current enough for your topic? * Reliability - o What kind of information is included in the resource? o Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced? o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations? * Authority - o Who is the creator or author? o What are the credentials? o Who is the published or sponsor? o Are they reputable? o What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information? o Are there advertisements on the website? * Purpose/Point of View - o Is this fact or opinion? o Is it biased? o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something? Use tags on information you find online to easily share it with your group. Give group members the chance to tag things they find to share them with each other. Embed this information in your group webpage. Facebook
  • Delicious is a great, simple social bookmarking tool. You can see in each link listing how many others are connected to that link. It is really easy to link to other people’s links. Therefore sharing is really easy and it is a really quick way to build up your area of research and follow your own website’s traction (if you’re interested).
  • Diigo – we’ll go into more depth. Really builds off of and adds collaborative aspects to what delicious has to offer.
  • Folksonomies - Tagging can pose challenges, eventually your list of tags can be long and unwieldy, items of the same category are now in different categories defeating the purpose. A folksonomy is a system of classification derived from the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content ; [1] [2] this practice is also known as collaborative tagging , social classification , social indexing , and social tagging . [ citation needed ] Folksonomy is a portmanteau of folk and taxonomy .
  • Another great addition is to see how many links there are in each one. The above tag cloud demonstrated this by a relative size scale – but if you like a list, this option exists as well.
  • Knowledge management theory - less control of vocabulary means more potential for knowledge sharing. Some potential for chaos   Some things to consider there is no one way something will be tagged - apps suggest items, if this provides consistency, then perhaps go with it compound words - sometimes an underscore works, is the second word necessary (nonprofit as an example) consider how you might be looking for something again is it by format, subject, title of the site, etc. – This is really the most important way to develop your own way of tagging. You can eventually batch fix if you put in Nonprofits and decided that non_profit was better.
  • Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes to any web page Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book! Organize your bookmarks and annotations by tags or lists. Tags and lists are two different ways to organize information. Tags are best for diverse and disparate information, while lists are best for focused information. Access and search your bookmarks anywhere, by tags or by full-text Since all your bookmarks and annotations are stored in your Diigo account on the web, you can access them from any computer with web access. Your web pages are cached so they will always be available. You can search your collections not only by tags, but also by full-text, including highlights, sticky notes, and the full-text of the web pages. Multiple ways to share your bookmarks and annotations You can publish your findings to your blog by using the one-click "Send to Blog" feature, by setting up automatic daily posting, or by adding linkrolls and tagrolls to your blog. You can send multiple annotated and highlighted pages at once by email, and the recipients will see exactly what you are referring to. You can also easily post to other websites such as twitter, facebook, delicious, etc.
  • Diigo groups are ideal for team research If you have any need for team-based research, be it a class, a club, an interest group, or a work group, Diigo groups are ideal for you. A Diigo group can be public, private or semi-private. Pool and organize resources using group bookmarks When a member of a Diigo group comes across a web page, he can highlight, tag, and share it to the group. In this way, group bookmarks become a repository of collective research. Group member scan also vote up bookmarks so important information stays on the top. Group sticky notes are great for discussion When adding sticky notes, you can make them private, public, or viewable only by members of a certain group. With group sticky notes, group members can interact and discuss important points right on the web page, preserving the original context. Group tag dictionary to enforce tagging consistency The group administrator can define a set of recommended tags for the group to help enforce tagging consistency.
  • Find the most popular bookmarks on any subject Quite often this is an easier way to find quality resources on a given subject than using search engines Subscribe to the most recent bookmarks by tags, sites, or users This is a great way to keep track of the latest information on topics you are interested in. Get recommended content Based on your bookmarking activities, we find content personalized to your interests Get related content while browsing While you are reading a web page, the Diigo sidebar shows you who else has bookmarked that page or that site, and what other similar pages and sites they have bookmarked, giving you a great way to find related content.
  • Important to agree on tags/terms Anyone can participate, anyone can view the collection as it evolves. This in and of itself can be a list of resources, share with a broad audience.
  • Here is an example where I’ve highlighted areas of a webpage to be recategorized – Yellow = one topic, blue another, etc. I can then share this with my colleague, annotate the item and they can work from the instructions in Diigo.
  • Social Bookmarking: share, collaborate and contribute online

    1. 1. Tools - Trusted Networks Social Bookmarks @marcopolis @ImagineCanada
    2. 2. <ul><li>An overview </li></ul><ul><li>What you can do. How this might improve your life </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging and keeping it organized </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Diigo as collaborative tool </li></ul><ul><li>Case study: how collaborative bookmarking can work </li></ul><ul><li>Data portability </li></ul><ul><li>Going mobile – there’s an app for that </li></ul>Social Bookmarks
    3. 3. Traditional bookmarking Where did that link go? It would be easier find it by topic. <ul><li>Bookmarking from browser </li></ul><ul><li>Categorization, merging = time & management </li></ul><ul><li>2. Limited to one pc, one type of browser </li></ul><ul><li>3. Knowledge isolation </li></ul>
    4. 4. Keyword sorting, portability, knowledge sharing? What more could a girl (or guy) ask for? <ul><li>Solves: </li></ul><ul><li>Portability – web app </li></ul><ul><li>Sort-ability – tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding personal knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Adds: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge community </li></ul><ul><li>Share bookmarks with other users </li></ul><ul><li>Research community </li></ul><ul><li>Updates from users and new topics </li></ul>Wanda, Xavier, and Fred share this Jim, Mary, Wanda, Jane, are here
    5. 5. Tools - Trusted Networks Social Bookmarks - Overview CRAP Test Current Reliable Authoritative Point of View Social bookmarking tools make it easy to bookmark a web page, access your bookmarks through the web, share your bookmarks with others, and discover sites that people with related interests have bookmarked. Trusted Sources
    6. 6. Social Bookmarking Sites
    7. 9. <ul><li>How many ways can you spell nonprofit? </li></ul><ul><li>Non profit </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit </li></ul><ul><li>Not for profit </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profit </li></ul><ul><li>NPO </li></ul>“ Folksonomies” or more simply …Tagging What are other people using for this term? How to describe this in one word?
    8. 11. TAG, TAGGING and MORE Tags
    9. 12. <ul><li>Save once, multiple uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>one place for all bookmarks, accessible anywhere you can connect to the internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>post once, share in multiple places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds – get notified </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post to blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post to web page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post to Twitter, Facebook, Email to network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share with group/lists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more </li></ul></ul>Social Bookmarks – what you can do The Overwhelm
    10. 13. Easily import bookmarks from different browsers and other social-bookmarking sites
    11. 14. Attach personalized tags to any bookmark Add notes about any bookmarked page Subscribe to tags and users you find interesting
    12. 15. Easy bookmarking tools – toolbars, bookmarklets, post to bookmark site
    13. 16. Easy bookmarking tools – toolbars, bookmarklets, post to bookmark site
    14. 17. Diigo – Social Bookmarking ++ <ul><li>Diigo = D igest of I nternet I nformation, G roups and O ther stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo is three services in one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A simple place to store, access and share your bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A research and collaborative research tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A knowledge-sharing community and social content site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo – a Social Information Network </li></ul></ul>Adapted from:
    15. 18. Is Diigo Better Than Delicious? <ul><li>7 Reasons Diigo Tastes Better Than Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting </li></ul><ul><li>Saving Pages is Easier Than Ever, Regardless of Browser </li></ul><ul><li>Functional Commenting and Real Conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Send Bookmarks to Facebook or Twitter with one click </li></ul><ul><li>Simultaneously bookmark things to Diigo and Elsewhere – even Delicious! </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark and Search Entire Web Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Webslides </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from </li></ul>Is Diigo Better? 17 features comparing Diigo, Delicious and traditional bookmarks. By Diigo (so, you know, kinda biased). Ultimately, it depends on what you want to use it for. But, using Diigo doesn’t mean leaving Delicious.
    16. 19. <ul><li>Personal Research Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Research Tool: see what others in your area of interest have gathered, share what you have gathered. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Content - Share bookmarks and connect/network with other users (actively or passively) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative capability: task oriented uses. </li></ul>Diigo – More what you can do
    17. 20. Diigo – Personal Research Tool <ul><li>Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes to any web page </li></ul><ul><li>Organize your bookmarks and annotations by tags or lists. </li></ul><ul><li>Access and search your bookmarks anywhere, by tags or by full-text </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple ways to share your bookmarks and annotations </li></ul>
    18. 21. Diigo – Collaborative Research <ul><li>Diigo groups are ideal for team research </li></ul><ul><li>Pool and organize resources using group bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Group sticky notes are great for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Group tag dictionary to enforce tagging consistency </li></ul>
    19. 22. Diigo – Social Content <ul><li>Find the most popular bookmarks on any subject </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the most recent bookmarks by tags, sites, or users </li></ul><ul><li>Get recommended content </li></ul><ul><li>Get related content while browsing </li></ul>
    20. 23. Diigo – Knowledge-Sharing <ul><li>You are what you annotate. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with friends through content </li></ul><ul><li>Find and connect with people having common interests </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple ways to connect with people </li></ul>
    21. 24. Diigo – Webslides Turning bookmarks and feeds into interactive slideshows… An example:
    22. 25.
    23. 26. Diigo Case Study: how collaborative bookmarking can work
    24. 27. Web content editing
    25. 28. Importance of data portability and bookmark backing up (you can take your bookmarks with you!) Going mobile – there’s an app for that Some last thoughts