Have you noticed this appearing at the bottom of all the pages on the Island Blogging website?
What are they?
These icons represent a selection of 'social bookmarking' sites, which will let you store, tag, and share links across the internet so you'll always know where to find your chosen Island Blogging page again! 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.
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? You'll find all the links below. Once you have registered, you can begin bookmarking. If you come across a page on a BBC website which you find really interesting and want to save for future reference, just click the link at the foot of the page. When you bookmark a page, a link to it will be saved on your profile within your chosen social bookmarking site. 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!
To register, go to: http://del.icio.us/register
For more information: http://del.icio.us/about
To register, go to: http://digg.com/register
For more information: http://digg.com/about
To register, go to: http://reddit.com/login
For more information: http://reddit.com/help/faq
To register, go to: https://register.facebook.com/r.php
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/about.php
To register, go to: http://www.stumbleupon.com/sign_up.php
For more information: http://www.stumbleupon.com/about.html