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How to Use a Social Bookmarking Site

Social bookmarking is a way to store and share your webpage bookmarks. Learn how to use a social bookmarking site for information gathering and social networking.


  • Step 1: Choose a social bookmarking service Choose a social bookmarking service, such as or, and register as a new user.
  • Step 2: Enter a keyword into the site's search engine Enter a keyword into the social bookmarking site's search engine to generate a sample list of social bookmarks from other users.
  • TIP: Take time to explore other users' bookmarks to get an overview of how the site's bookmarking community works.
  • Step 3: Learn about tags Use tags -- keyword descriptions that a user assigns to a bookmark.
  • Step 4: Add bookmarklet buttons to your browser's toolbar Add bookmarklet buttons to your browser's toolbar. Most bookmarking services offer these as one-click tagging tools to use while web surfing.
  • TIP: One service's toolbar buttons include one for tagging, another that opens all your bookmarks, and a third that searches them.
  • Step 5: Bookmark a web page Find a web page to recommend. Click the bookmarklet button on your browser toolbar, opening a tag window. Then enter keyword tags and click Save.
  • Step 6: Participate in the social bookmarking site Participate in the social bookmarking site, using it as an depository for online information and a way to make online friendships.
  • FACT: In 2008, Forbes magazine declared 23-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, the world's youngest self-made billionaire.

You Will Need

  • Social bookmarking account

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