Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking are web based services where users store and share bookmarks which they find useful and would have previously stored locally in their web browsers favourites. One stored they can be accessed from any web-enabled computer using a web browser. Users can choose to share their content and collaboratively share online resources using common tags. They use tagging to organise user based content and rss to distribute and syndicate the content. is one of the more popular social bookmarking services but by no means the only one. It was initially developed by Joshua Schachter as a simple web page listing bookmarks with annotations, Schachter then decided to make these available on a web server so that friends and others could also view them. From there, it was but a small step to hosting others' lists, and so the social bookmarking tool was born.

The website (pronounced as "delicious") is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. It is now part of Yahoo!.
A non-hierarchical keyword categorization system is used on where users can tag each of their bookmarks with a number of freely chosen keywords (cf. folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collaborative nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.
(Wikipedia, 2006)

Uses for
  • The primary use of is to store your bookmarks online, so you can access them from anywhere.
  • Group colloboration, for example a common and agreed upon tags are used by a group to categorise and share web resources.
  • Ling and Tag rolls via RSS
  • Mashps using API eg.
  • Podcasts using the playtagger tool built into for example the AFLF CoolConnections conference where all the mp3 recordings were tagged "coolconnections05podcast"

BACK to the main ACAL Conference presentation page.


Links and Resources
Sites tagged with 'adultliteracy'
Simply 12 page PDF guide to using in education
Emanuele Quintarelli, Folksonomies: power to the people, 2005
Tagging in Social Networks - Stephan Ridgway

Sample accounts: Activities:

1. Go to and sign up (you may need to validate your registration via email)

2. Read about tags and tagging at

3. Log in to and click on POST. Add a favourite Adult Literacy website URL. Provide a description and add some relevant tags - for eg. adultliteracy, literacy, literacyresources, literacyjournal, adultnumeracy.....

4. Enter adultliteracy (or other tags of interest) in the search box and see what comes up. You might like to add some of these to your own bookmarks.

Uses in education
  • Book recommendations
  • Professional research and networks
  • Lists of books and resources for future reference
  • Web site collections tagged by study topic