From Wikipedia: “Social bookmarking is a way for Internet users to store, organize, share and search bookmarks of web pages. In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, but depending on the service's features, may be saved privately, shared only with specific people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, via a search engine, or even randomly.”


How can libraries use social bookmarking?

  • Easy way to maintain and make available lists of links to web resources - easier than continually updating or having messy lists on 'useful links' pages on library websites?
  • Tagging allows for classification within the list
  • Newly discovered resources can be shared via RSS feeds, blog widgets, Facebook applications, and within the site to other users
  • Resource discovery: as a jumping off point, looking at who else has saved the same sites and what other links they have saved.
  • Midway point between Google and services like Intute - user- and librarian-mediated so more focused and meaningful than a search engine, but not as carefully or comprehensively catalogued as Intute so should offer more serendipity.
  • Users can contribute by linking to the library's list and/or saving/submitting links.

Oxford examples

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Newsflash: Delicious closing down? UPDATE April 2011: SAVED!

Recently, rumours have been circulating that Delicious may be shut down by Yahoo, the company that owns it. Yahoo themselves have said that they would like to sell it off. Delicious is a long-standing web 2.0 service that is relied upon by many libraries elsewhere in the world as well as all sorts of other web users, and it would be a real shame if we lost it, but as with all web services, this is always a risk. If you are using Delicious either personally or for your library, please rest assured that the Web 2.0 Working Party is monitoring the situation and investigating alternatives to recommend in case it does shut down. One thing you can and should do now is to back-up your bookmarks so that you will not lose them if the site closes and will be able to transfer them to a new site. You can do this by going to 'settings' and then 'export/back-up bookmarks'. It would be a good idea to get in the habit of doing this regularly.

Update April 2011: Yahoo have announced that Delicious has been bought by a new company called AVOS, owned by the founders of YouTube. They will take over Delicious in July 2011, maintaining the service as it is (same web address, same look and feel) and developing it further from there. In order to continue using Delicious after July 2011, you must log in and accept AVOS's terms of service and privacy policy, which will allow them to take over your bookmarks with the service as a whole.

More information about the transition:
Delicious blog
FAQs on Delicious
AVOS press release

More information about the original story: - Report 12th March 2011