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Effortless Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking has become the newest and simplest ways to save and organize favorite websites, documents and links. It has gained so much popularity that there are hundreds of sites available today. Some of the sites are geared more toward news, while others may be centered on business and technology. The choice of which social bookmarking site you use will depend on individual needs and tastes.

Getting Started
If you’re new to social bookmarking, spend some time researching all the different sites available. Once you’ve found one or a few that seem to be a good fit, you’ll need to sign up. Accounts are generally free, and the sign-up process is quick and easy. Some sites give you the option of adding buttons to your browser. One button may be for fast and easy access to the bookmarking site, while there are usually two more: one for accessing your bookmarks and one for tagging websites and documents.

“Tagging” with Social Bookmarking
Tagging refers to the use of keywords that help you and other users get to your bookmarked documents and webpages. For instance, you may be reading a great article on dog training and decide you’d like to save and share it. Simply click the “tags” button and a pop-up will show asking for verification and the tags. In this example, your tag could be dogs, dog training or pets. Use one tag or a few. The more tags you have, the quicker others can find your bookmarks and webpages. Using multiple tags also makes it easier to find your own bookmarks as your list grows.

Benefits of Social Bookmarking
The real beauty of social bookmarking is that not only can other users find your favorite links by entering your tags; you can use the search option to find information that interests you. You can sort by most recent, popular or by different categories. These sites allow you to really hone in on the information you’re looking for without paging through hundreds of search engine results. You can also see the number of votes an article has received to determine the best choice.