While browsing a range of sites everyday, one often comes across interesting and useful websites that you instantly want to bookmark for future reference. However, how many actually access the websites from the browser’s bookmarks? This is the issue that is solved best through use of social bookmarking tools.
Social bookmarking allows web surfers to bookmark or save their favorite websites online, instead of their computer. Many websites these days offer free services to manage, organize and retrieve these useful bookmarks from anywhere. These bookmarks saved online can be made private or shared with other users.
Educational uses of social bookmarking are plenty. Course instructors can share important bookmarks with students thus creating a common learning resource. Users can browse other’s bookmarks mainly through “tags” or keywords that are added when the bookmark is being saved. Tagging allows easy managing and retrieval of sites of interest.
One site for social bookmarking that I found very interesting and useful on a friend’s blog is Speedtile. What is particularly appealing is the pleasant visual display and organization of website categories in tabs. A must try!