What is social bookmarking?
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.

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.
Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

As these services have matured and grown more popular, they have added extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and groups or other social network features
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Tools for social bookmarking

Why should teachers engage in social bookmarking?
  • To share links with students
  • To share links with your colleagues
  • To find links your colleagues find valuable
  • To promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness (NETS*T)
  • To engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. (NETS*T)
  • To model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments. (NETS*T)
  • To design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity. (NETS*T)
  • To customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources. (NETS*T)
  • To provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching. (NETS*T)
  • To demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations. (NETS*T)
  • To collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation. (NETS*T)
  • To communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats. (NETS*T)
  • To model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning. (NETS*T)
  • To promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. (NETS*T)
  • To develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools. (NETS*T)
  • To participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning. (NETS*T)
  • To exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others. (NETS*T)
  • To evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning. (NETS*T)
  • To contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community. (NETS*T)

Why should students engage in social bookmarking?
  • To keep track of important links for their projects
  • To organize links for various projects or classes
  • To share links with fellow students
  • To share links with your teachers

Why should librarians engage in social bookmarking?
  • To collect bookmarks for research projects
  • Some databases now offer the ability to bookmark and lead students and teachers to individual documents or searches

Why should administrators engage in social bookmarking?