Monday, October 20, 2008

A Mozilla Add-in to Make Social Bookmarking Easier

The Importance of Social Bookmarking
It's taken me quite a while to get my head around how the whole Web 2.0 and Social Networking thing hangs together but I think I've got it now and at some point, I might even blog about it and try to explain it in lay-terms.

Not this post though.

What I will say though is that Social Bookmarking is one of the most important parts of the whole thing and that it's not enough to presume that every blog you read will have (hopefully) social bookmarking buttons below the post.

Shareaholic
You need to be able to social bookmark from anywhere on the web.

That's where the Shareaholic Add-In for Firefox comes in.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5457

This add-in sits on your browser, near the stop, refresh and home buttons and instantly gives you the ability to post pages, links and reviews to a variety of sources including; digg, delicious, facebook, foxiewire, friendfeed, google bookmarks, google reader, healthranker, kaboodle, magnolia, mixx, myspace, pownce, reddit, simpy, soup.io, stumbleupon, streakr, truemors, tumblr, twine, twitter, yahoo! buzz, ycombinator, and bzzster

It also gives instant feedback about the page you're currently visiting.

Separating Social Bookmarks
The only other point I have to make about social bookmarking is;

Join several sites and use different sites to separate different interests. For example; If you're interested in lifestyle topics, you could bookmark them using Digg, while bookmarking your computing interests via delicious. This enables you to post the RSS feeds for your bookmarks on various social computing sites without presenting information which might not interest your readers.

You can then display different RSS feeds of social bookmarks on your Facebook and MySpace pages or on your Web Site.

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