Social bookmarking

Do you use Do you know what it is? If you don’t know what is, it is a site where, at its simplest, you can save all your bookmarks. Cool, huh? Never lose your bookmarks when you use another machine again.

It goes well beyond simple bookmarking though. For a start, you can tag your bookmarks to help you find them quickly later on. Even better though also allows you to share your bookmarks (or keep them private or a combination) so people can see what interests you at any particular time. The site also publishes rss feeds for your bookmarks and tags.

Stop and think about this for a sec. People only bookmark those web pages which they think are important enough that they want to revisit them. If you have a site which has a categorised (tags), searchable list of the best web pages on the Internet, isn’t that like a Google put through a human editor process?

Once you have signed up for a (free) account with, you can use a browser toolbar or a bookmarklet to drastically simplify the process of adding bookmarks to The bookmarklet option can be particularly useful if you have moved to Firefox 3.0 as the toolbar doesn’t work on FF 3.0 yet.

It is also worth noting that also imports your previous bookmarks, allows you to export your bookmarks for quick backup and lets you subscribe to terms of interest so you receive up to the minute bookmarks for your subscription.

Having said all that, I have recently started to do my social bookmarking on Ma.gnolia! Why the switch away from Well, actually I am using both simultaneously with the help of Thomas Vanderwal’s Ma.Del bookmarklet. This allows me to bookmark sites in both Ma.gnolia and at the same time.

Still, why Ma.gnolia? Well, Ma.gnolia has a number of things which doesn’t. Ma.gnolia has a beautiful interface. It is actually pleasant to browse.’ design is spartan in comparison. Ma.gnolia has a lot of support for microformats. Ma.gnolia has groups, discussions and ratings of bookmarks.

Finally Ma.gnolia has rolloed out support for APML. APML is a markup language for capturing and sharing your interests. As puts it:

APML allows users to share their own personal Attention Profile in much the same way that OPML allows the exchange of reading lists between News Readers. The idea is to compress all forms of Attention Data into a portable file format containing a description of ranked user interests

I’m not entirely sure what to do with the APML file Ma.gnolia generates but the fact that it creates it for me will, if nothing allow me to experiment.

Finally, if you are already using and are considering switching, there is an import function in Ma.gnolia which allows you to bring your bookmarks with you.

7 thoughts on “Social bookmarking”

  1. I’m addicted to It became one of the tools I can’t live without… handy and accessible from wherever I go.

    I didn’t try Ma.gnolia yet, but after your post I think that I’ll give it a shot, (Ma.Del Tagging Bookmarklet sounds good too)

    Have a nice day Tom!


  2. While you are at trying alternatives, give Simpy a shot – the service is rock solid, has been around for several years, also has Groups and other things that doesn’t have (and never will, it seems), good integration with firefox and other browsers, most excellent search, and the list goes on. And OpenID, yeah. URL:

  3. Social bookmarking has exploded, it’s very cool and we are only going to see more of it. I think it’s impacting on traditional search in a very large way although searching some of these sites produces some very spammy looking results. Myself I tend to use furl a lot.

  4. Homes: Furl? Ouch, ouch. Watch for an upcoming review of where we stand with social bookmarks, and this will very much include Furl…

  5. Tom,

    Thanks for explaining what is. I’d heard of it before, but didn’t really understand what it was. Thanks.


    p.s. What exactly is a “Track Back address” and a URI ?


  6. No prob – happy to have helped.

    A trackback address is an address people can use in their blog posts if they want a link to appear here linking to their blog post. Not used much here.

    URI is another term for a website address!

    Hope that clears things up for you. Any other questions, don’t hesitate.

  7. Tom… nice write up on I was trying to explain to a friend what it was all about and directed him to your page. I use myself but agree that it has a very bleak interface, I must check out Ma.gnolia… thanks

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