Social Bookmarking Services

Social bookmarking is a web based service, where shared lists of user-created Internet bookmarks are displayed. Social bookmarking sites generally organize their content using tags. Social bookmarking sites are an increasingly popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the practice of tagging and inferences drawn from grouping and analysis of tags. In a social bookmarking system, users store lists of Internet resources, which they find useful. Often, these lists are publicly accessible, and other people with similar interests can view the links by category, tags, or even randomly. Some social bookmarking systems allow for privacy on a per-bookmark basis.

Web 2.0 is part of the community and vice versa. Social bookmarking is part of it, too.

Social Bookmarking Advantages

This system has several advantages over traditional automated resource location and classification software, such as search engine spiders. All tag-based classification of Internet resources (such as web sites) is done by human beings, who understand the content of the resource, as opposed to software which algorithmically attempts to determine the meaning of a resource. This provides for semantically classified tags, which are hard to find with contemporary search engines.

Social Bookmarking Disadvantages

  • There are drawbacks to such tag-based systems as well:
  • No standard set of keywords (also known as controlled vocabulary),
  • No standard for the structure of such tags (e.g. singular vs. plural, capitalization, etc.),
  • Mis-tagging due to spelling errors,
  • Tags that can have more than one meaning,
  • Uunclear tags due to synonym/antonym confusion,
  • Highly unorthodox and ‘personalized’ tag schemas from some users, and
  • No mechanism for users to indicate hierarchical relationships between tags
  • Social bookmarking can be susceptible to corruption and collusion.

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