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Social Bookmarking Quiz
Social Bookmarking Quiz
By Sharon Housley
Take this Social Bookmarking Quiz
and determine how much you know about the collective
What Is Social Bookmarking?
Social bookmarking is a web 2.0 fad where users indicate
that a specific web page, article, podcast, video, or
other content is of particular value. The "bookmark"
is seen as a vote for that item. The more users who
bookmark an item, the more pronounced (popular) the
item becomes within the social bookmarking network.
What Are The Major Social Networks?
Different social networks appeal to different demographics.
For example, "Digg" is a relatively technical social
network, so the focus of most resources found in Digg
are technical in nature. "Delicious" contains a wider
variety of materials, and is easier for the average
user to manage. Here are a few of the most popular networks:
Digg - http://www.digg.com
- technical users
del.icio.us - http://del.icio.us
StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com
Reddit - http://www.reddit.com
Furl - http://www.furl.com
What Are Social Bookmarking Chicklets?
Social bookmarking "chicklets" are icons that webmasters
place on their web pages, which identify the various
social bookmarking networks. Typically when they are
included on a web page, the visitor can click the icon
and it will automatically bookmark that page within
the social network that the chicklet represents.
Create chicklets - http://www.feedforall.com/social-bookmarks.htm
What Are The Benefits Of Social Bookmarking?
Social bookmarking is a grassroots process that allows
users to establish the value of a specific web page,
article, podcast, or video. By bookmarking an item,
individuals are casting a vote to endorse that specific
resource. The idea is that social bookmarking gives
a resource credibility; the more users who bookmark
a specific item, the more valuable the resource is considered
to be. Social bookmarking is all about the collective
voice. Most of the social bookmarking networks increase
the profile of items that receive numerous bookmarks.
It probably won't be long before the major search engines
begin to include social bookmarks as a part of their
What Is Social Bookmark Tagging?
Tagging is used as a way to categorize related bookmarks.
The tags are keywords that relate to the resource. In
most cases, users can search on specific tags to locate
similar bookmarked items.
How Is Social Bookmarking "User-Generated
Social bookmarking is all about people power. "Users"
enter their favorites, and the social bookmarking networks
manage all of the user information, provide aggregate
data by keeping score, and manage social bookmark tags.
Essentially, without "users" the social bookmarking
websites would not have any content.
What Are Some Of The Popular Uses For Social Bookmarking?
Scholars and researchers often use social bookmarking
to share research material and information. News headlines
often find their way into social bookmarking networks,
and users determine the popularity of a story with their
Is Social Bookmarking A Good Search Engine Optimization
While social bookmarking may generate some marginal
attention for you, the content quality must be decent
in order for others to endorse the site. The power of
the collective voice and multiple bookmarks is what
will really draw attention to your website. Social bookmarking
will certainly not hurt your search engine optimization
efforts, but social bookmarking alone will not result
in a top search engine ranking.
Are Social Bookmarks Currently A Factor
In Search Engine Ranking?
At this time it does not appear that any of the major
search engines use social bookmarking as part of their
ranking algorithms. That said, the incoming links for
social bookmarking sites certainly do not hurt a website's
search ranking. It is likely only a matter of time before
the major search engines begin to use the collective
voice as part of their ranking algorithms, as it is
becoming too loud to ignore.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds
and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for
audio recording and editing software.
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