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 …
Tags: Shortcuts, IBM, Tips, Hints&Tips, Productivity Tips, Social Bookmarking, Social Software, Web 2.0, del.icio.us, BlinkList, Dogear, Knowledge Management, Simpy, Furl, Spurl, Scuttle, Digg, Shadows