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Shortcuts Podcast – Choosing a Social Bookmarking Service (BlinkList)

  A couple of weeks back you would remember how I created a weblog post where I was mentioning my recent participation in one of the episodes from the popular Shortcuts podcast around the subject of social bookmarking, what it was and why you would want to start making use of it, if you haven’t done so already, to benefit from sharing your favourite links with annotations / tags with other folks and learn what other people are sharing and saying about their own favourite links. In case you may not have listened to that particular episode you can still access it from here.

Well, with all that said for an introduction I would want this time around to point you to another episode from that same Shortcuts podcast where I am talking for the second time around the world of social bookmarking but this time around detailing some more what are different possibilities available out there apart from del.icio.us. You can find the link to that episode over here and in it you would get to hear how I have mentioned other powerful social bookmarking offerings like Simpy, Scuttle, Digg, Shadows, Furl and Spurl that are certainly having something to say in that space.

However, at the same time you would get to hear about my actual favourite social bookmarking application that I have been using over the last few months and which I feel is suiting my needs very nicely: BlinkList. You would be able to listen as to why BlinkList is my favourite application to store my Internet bookmarks (For IBM internal sites it would still be Dogear, I am afraid) and how I have been making use of some of the most popular features from the tool itself, like the Message Board, or the capability of reaching out to fans and friends, starring your favourite picks, and the list goes on and on and on.

If you have noticed already from the past, at the very bottom of elsua‘s weblog template, you would actually be able to find the tagcloud from my BlinkList bookmarks so that you get to see the different tags I am using for my online bookmarks and at the same time access them directly from there. I love it ! I could spend hours and hours just playing around with the tool. If only it would allow me to export the bookmarks in such a format, i.e. HTML a la bookmark.html file or as favourites, that would allow me to integrate them with Dogear. Wow! That would make it the killer app. for me for Internet social bookmarking, but I suppose it is just not there yet. Nobody is perfect, I guess. Pity, because with that feature I am sure that the number of folks making use of it would grow exponentially. The tool itself deserves it, so let’s hope we can see that feature been implemented some time soon.

Either way, if you would want to hear some more from me on what my thoughts are around social bookmarking and my usage of BlinkList just head over to the Shortcuts podcasting site and listen to episode #11. Hope you enjoy it and do not hesitate to leave a comment over there or over here if you have got some feedback on the outcome of the podcast. I would love to hear your thoughts …

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  1. Thanks for the great review of BlinkList! We love to hear from our users and love it when our community starts to write about us.

    If you have any more ideas on how to keep making BlinkList even better would love to hear from you.


  2. Hello Mike ! Thanks much for dropping by and for the feedback comments ! Well, yes, you know, it is the least I could do for one of the offerings that I keep on using several times a day to store some of my favourite bookmarks and learn from what others are also annotating and bookmarking. That is just some terrific stuff and one of the reasons why social bookmarking and BlinkList are just so cool !

    Well, if there would be anything that I would love to have with BlinkList is the capability of exporting my bookmarks in a format that I could then use to sync with my other bookmarks that I use internally with Dogear, IBM’s social bookmarking tool. If you folks could provide such exporting capabilities I would be just ecstatic ! I think that is the only thing missing to make BlinkList top notch of the social bookmarking offerings out there. And I am sure I am not the only one who thinks about this. So any chance of having that functionality implemented at some point? Please, please, please?!?! 😉

  3. Hi Janet ! Thanks for dropping by and for the feedback ! I am glad to find out that you are also enjoying BlinkList a great deal. I know it is a whole bunch of us, but it is always nice to find out others with similar interests, too ! Thus keep blinking away !

  4. Hi Luis,

    We are working on better exporting capabilities and will release a straight HTML and probably a CSV export as well. Will also keep the XML export that we already offer. I hope that will give you what you need.


  5. Hi Mike! Thanks a bunch for the feedback comments. This is some really fantastic stuff ! As I said, the lack of export capability into HTML was one of the main issues I was having in order not to use BlinkList much more heavily than what I am doing at the moment, so knowing that you folks will put that feature together very shortly is certainly going to be just wonderful ! It would save us all *so* much time that just this capability will actually make BlinkList worth while trying out.

    So thanks a bunch for dropping by and for sharing this feedback with us ! Great stuff !

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