Social bookmarking links
- 13 July 2010
- From the section Help
Every story and video page on the News website now includes links to a range of social networking websites. These sites allow you to share pages that you find interesting with your friends and contacts.
While the BBC in the UK does not link to a site in return for money, goods or services, we are a part of the wider web, and the way that many of our users now use the internet involves social networks. We want you to be able to share and comment on the content we produce if you wish to, and these links make that easier.
How does it work?
All of these sites are free to use but do require you to register. Once you have registered you can begin sharing links.
You will not need an account with the BBC to use these. When you click on the logo, you are directed away from the BBC News website and you access the social media services as normal. The BBC won't ask you for any personal information.
Which services do you link to?
Currently, we provide prominent buttons that will help you use two services - Facebook and Twitter - as well as a 'share menu' that provides access to others - Delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit.
What happens when I use the links on your pages to share items?
Sharing an article is a simple process.
When you use any of the services - Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Digg, Reddit or StumbleUpon - a pop-up will appear that enables you to sign in to the third -party site (if you're not already signed in), and then share the link.
How did you decide which services to link to?
Our original list of five services was determined a number of years ago. Since then, we have determined the most relevant social media services for our users by looking at current usage via our site, referrals from social networks to the BBC website, and market share on the internet as a whole. All of the services we have included are, at time of writing, free at point of access for users, which was another important factor for us. We will, on a regular basis, review the list of services we include, in order to reflect market changes.
Why are Facebook and Twitter more prominent than the other networks?
Facebook is currently by some margin the largest social network in the UK and their audience share is growing year-on-year. Twitter, although having a smaller audience than Facebook, is growing faster than any other social network.
The BBC does not retain any data about the content that you are sharing via these tools.