I’m finally a believer with social bookmarks

It took me a long time to jump on the bandwagon, but now I’m there.

When it comes to social media, I don’t go chasing every new tool that comes out. Rather, I only spend my time using the tools that are recommended by friends and benefit me personally. Wikis are great for collaboration. Blogs are great for easy publishing and getting feedback. Putting photos online is a million times easier than emailing them to friends and family a few jpgs at a time and hoping they don’t bounce back. But I’ve never actually used social bookmarks for myself until about a month ago because I never had a reason to.

On behalf of my clients, I would tout how great social bookmarks (e.g, Delicious, Intelink’s Tag|Connect) are for groups to share links by subscribing to each other’s tags. That elimiates the constant “Hey, check this link out” emails.

I would also tell their stakeholders about how social bookmarks are helpful if you need to access your favorite URLs from different computers/worksites.

Finally, I would talk about how you can identify experts in certain topics on Intelink by seeing what other folks were bookmarking and then contacting those people to form relationships and collaborate on similar issues.

However, because I was working in one location and rarely sharing links with others, I didn’t personally see the need to practice what I preached.

Now I’m on a new project where I travel back and forth between work locations (with different shared computers). And because I’m on a team where we often share links with one another, my teammate recommended our team all get social bookmarking accounts and subscribe to one another’s links tagged as “Web2.0.” This has really made life much easier.

A couple months ago, I would email myself 1-2 links a day from a shared computer, then go on my laptop at home to open the email, click on the URL and then save it to my computer’s bookmarks. What a pain — I can’t believe I didn’t jump on this bandwagon sooner.

Yes, I know I’m late to this — but I’m here and enjoying the ride. If you’re like me — and I know I am — you’ll be much happier if you come aboard.

P.S. You can check out my Delicious bookmarks here


4 Responses to “I’m finally a believer with social bookmarks”

  1. 1 Steve Radick February 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Chris – I’ve become a big believer in using del.icio.us bookmarks, especially since I’ve been bouncing back and forth from my client computer to my home computer to my work computer. You’ll love using them, and others you work with will appreciate your use of them too! I even got Jamie using del.icio.us, and she typically ignores all of my social media evangelizing!

    BTW – just noticed that WordPress is suggesting that a blog post titled “Kelly Clarkson Gets What She Wants” is possibly related to this post. Maybe she just found the utility in del.icio.us bookmarks too!

  2. 2 chrishemrick February 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    @Steve – That’s too funny about Kelly Clarkson!

  3. 3 Social Bookmarking June 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Wow, this post is nice, my sister is analyzing these things, therefore I am
    going to let know her.

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