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Chris Vallance | 16:25 UK time, Friday, 20 April 2007

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably noticed the five 'bookmark' links which now appear at the foot of most BBC blog entries:

Social bookmarking links

Want to know what these links do? Read on…

These five links represent a selection of 'social bookmarking' sites. Sites like these allow you to store, tag, and share links across the internet. Unlike your browser-based “favourites”, social bookmarking allows you to share those links with friends, or access them from any computer you happen to be using. As a member of a social bookmarking site, you can save the link of any web page you come across, in order to create lists of useful or interesting internet resources. You can then share these lists with friends, people with similar interests, or the public as a whole.

When 'bookmarking' a page, it's good practice to add 'tags' or 'keywords' to describe the link, making it easier for others to search and find it. Some social bookmarking sites then rank pages in order, according to the number of people who have bookmarked them.

As you can see, entries on many of the BBC's blogs now come with links to Del.icio.us, Digg, Newsvine, NowPublic, and Reddit. So how do you use them?

Well, firstly you'll need to register with at least one of the sites. Registration is free. It doesn't matter which you use, but each of the five sites listed has a slightly different set of features. Why not have a look around and take your pick? Once you have registered, you can begin bookmarking.

If you come across a BBC blog entry which you find really interesting and want to save for future reference, just click the link below the entry. When you bookmark a blog entry, a link to it will be saved on your profile within your chosen social bookmarking site. It's not all about blogs, though. You can bookmark any web page you like, inside or outside of bbc.co.uk.

If you want to find out more about social bookmarking, try Wikipedia or this article at BBC Collective.

Happy bookmarking!

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