Social bookmarking tools are a popular form of storing, communicating, and sharing different types of digital resources from websites. The use of these tools can vary greatly between personal, professional and educational purposes, and the research indicates that they provide a form of online interaction, relevant communication opportunities with like-minded people, and long term digital storage. Ultimately, social bookmarking tools supports formal learning opportunities in the classroom and informal learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom walls.
Uses in learning and teaching
"Social bookmarking opens the door to new ways of organizing information and categorizing resources." Coutinhou & Bottentuit 2008
When designing topics for the inclusion of social bookmarking related tasks, consider how web tools such as online bookmarking tools may be used to:
establish and maintain social presence online
provide a platform for sharing annotated digital resources (web pages)
encourage cooperation and collaboration in the online classroom
provide professional development opportunities to learn from others by sharing digital resources
encourages sustainable, long term digital resource and information sharing, which is accessible anywhere, anytime
connect social learning resources and spaces for new literacy practices
Considerations for using social bookmarking tools include:
define a standard list of tags or terms that are to be used in groups to promote users searching the repository
encourage users to use comments, descriptors and highlighting during bookmarking
establish set criteria for each link that is included during a collaborative exercise
encourage users to install toolbar to promote ease of use
encourage students to follow other users and join groups of interest
introduce users to selected bookmarking site before using widely
develop a rubric to support the involvement of the process and content
Social bookmarking tools are beneficial for storing web links long term, access on any device, and network with others to increase your awareness of resources which are of interest (special interest groups like, topics, courses or events). Diigo and Delicious are traditional social bookmarking sites, whereas Evernote and Google + Communities are two other tools which can be used to collect, share and network with web resources. The decision to use one over another would depend upon whether you are integrating the list into FLO, encouraging students or using for professional means.
Web-based social bookmarking tools
Google Plus Communities
A bookmarking tool to store web links by tags and folders (lists); collaborate and share within personal groups (shareable folders); highlight and add annotations to page; store 'read later' pages; network.
A simple type of bookmarking tool which organises by tag, saves links and helps you to discover web links; store pages access at a later time; network with others to collaborate on links.
Evernote has the capability to save webpages or element of a page in addition to being a notetaking app which can be used online or on a mobile device.
Google + is a social networking tool that can be used to store webpages as links.
Free; Offers educational package; unlimited bookmarks on free account; install bookmarklet/extension to save pages quickly; available since 2006 (stable); easily searchable; save snapshot of page; iPad and Android apps available; syncs to web so objects captured on a mobile device are accessible on mobile device.
Free; bookmarklet/extension available and Chrome and Firefox; easily searchable.
Clips a webpage or part of a page including text, images and links; syncs to web so objects captured on a mobile device are accessible on mobile device; folder system available; access online (login), on a mobile device (in app) or on a computer (installed); Mac, Windows, Android and iOS compatible.
Visual storage of links compared to Diigo, Delicious and Evernote; uses 'post' descriptions to tag each web resource with a description; each link can be 'commented' upon by followers; integrate Google Hangout events with community and photos.
Limited access to cached pages (webpages which are saved at a specific time and stored as a backup); limited to create 3 groups on free level (but join as many as you like).
Ads on pages when in Delicious; no filing system (uses tags only).
Quota limits are 60MB of data each month, within unlimited storage. Pay for more and upgrade anytime; notes, attachments and quantity of notes have limits according to account type (free or paid). See help pages for guidance.
No export currently available. It acts more as a display mechanism which viewers will have to save links elsewhere.
Export bookmarks as HTML format with tags and notes if required. Import bookmarks from other bookmarking sites using third party tools only.
Export your notes and links as an Evernote archive format and store where ever you like or share the note/link as a HTML page, via another tool (Twitter, email etc) and save external to Evernote.
Not possible at present.
While not a storage tool, Diigo can store images and cached pages, however there are limits.
Not a storage tool for objects which have no URL.
Evernote is more of a storage tool than Diigo or Delicious, but can be used to bookmark websites or 'clip' them for reading later offline.
Not a storage tool for objects which have no URL.
Share your links to groups (communities) URL. Create a group and share the group address to your users (students). Share a page directly through Twitter, Facebook and Google+ or email from within extension tool.
Share through Twitter or Facebook.
Share a page directly through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, URL or email.
Share the community link with contacts in Google circles or via email.
Create public or private groups; all links are public unless you tick the 'private' box.
Save links as public or private.
Links are only private unless you 'share' them or the folder you store them in.