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Keeping Up and Keeping Track: Personal Information Management and

Bookmarking versus Bookmarking...

Bookmarking: Keeping Found Things Found

Bookmarking: Keeping Found Things Found


A Social Bookmarking Overview
  • Bookmarks accessible anywhere
  • Social - searchable, traceable, sharable, sendable - and increasingly, conversational...
  • Bookmarklets and browser/mobile apps allow easy saving
  • Archivable
  • Social bookmarking sites can also have one-click subscription badges/posting buttons:
    Wikipedia: Social Bookmarking

    Social Bookmarking in Plain English (short video focussing on the Delicious service; about 3.5 minutes).

    Bookmarklets - easy links you can add to your browser to add items that you find in your day-to-day web searching/reading to social bookmarking sites (and other sites, like Facebook, Pinterest, etc.) Most sites will have a tool page with the bookmarklets for various browsers. We've seen examples with Instapaper and Pocket.

    What about smartphones and tablets? Many have built-in sharing functionality, as well as sharing apps you can download such as this bookmarklet app for Android phones and tablets. (It's a little more complicated on IOS devices, but many are included in the IOS open-in/share function.)

Social Bookmarking Sites

Social Bookmarking


Diigo - Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network.

A social bookmarking tool that enables much more, including annotation, sharing, collaboration, image capturing/annotation, and web highlighting. Freemium options, but the free version is pretty good. Find my Diigo site at . Find Diigo Tools at and Diigo Help at Also Diigo plans.



PearlTrees (


Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.(saving, starrng, etc. Gets unwieldy fast as there is no organizing except chronological)

Google Bookmarks

...and more.


Archiving the Web

Web Archiving - finding things no longer around; making sure stuff will be findable

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine Webcite


(Instapaper and Pocket and Diigo can also keep text+images copies of webpages, although in some cases premium plans are required)

Academic Bookmarking (with a side of discovery)

Why are these different?

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