The Social Web Part 2: Social Bookmarking Services

In the beginning there was the web. People stored their bookmarks locally. Then the netgods said: “Let there be tags!”, and social bookmarking emerged. Or something like that.

Social bookmarking is a simple thing. You store your bookmarks (or favorites, if you prefer that term) online and give them a couple of tags, which help you to remember why you stored them in the first place. You can then search your bookmarks for these tags. You can also search through other user’s public bookmarks and look which sites are widely favored - hence the word “social”.

My Top 5

he dinosaur. It’s been there for quite some time and has a huge following. If your looking for a big community, this one is for you. It’s not the most powerful, but it does what it’s supposed to do, without a fuss.


Also one of the older services, and it shows. Bookmarks are easy to handle and edit. When you bookmark a site, Furl stores a copy of it. Nothing spectacular, but reliable.


Pretty much standard in it’s features and doesn’t even have a browser add-on. The only real reasons why I listed it here: Groups are well implemented, and I like the clean and extremely well structured design.


Seriously lacking in the social department, but has one thing that make it shine: A link checker. Shouldn’t that be a standard for an online bookmarking service? If you’re just looking for a way to store your bookmarks online for yourself, Netvouz is worth checking out.


What Netvouz lacks, is Blinklist’s big plus – the community. Other than that, I don’t see anything special about it.

If you want to submit your posts to several of these services at once, you should take look at OnlyWire.

I know there are a lot of other social bookmarking services, but these are the ones I have tried and found handy.

The Social Web Series
Part 1 - Social News Sites
Part 2 - Social Bookmarking
Part 3 - Blog Communities
Part 4 - StumbleUpon

Update: If you find that my Top 5 are not enough for you, head over to Arsenal Marketing for a list of 139 Social Media Sites including pagerank. If that’s not enough, you should really seek professional help.

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4 Responses to “The Social Web Part 2: Social Bookmarking Services”

  1. Thanks for parts 1 and 2. Can’t wait for #3. And thanks for laying it out in such an easy to understand fashion - those that are newbies will be able to follow with no problem. Great job!

  2. You’re welcome. Part 3 should be ready soon :-)

  3. I always use onlywire. The thought of not having it any more would just be awful.

  4. And if you like, please do stop by - it’s a social search engine/forum/bookmarking site, with a twist, we hope. It’s still in its developmental stages, but would truly appreciate feedback and comments - especially since your standards are high and you seem to know exactly what you want out of these sites.

    Thank you! :-)

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