Monday, May 25, 2009

Spread The Word – Part 2: Social Bookmarking Sites

Part 2 of the Spread the Word series will focus on social bookmarking sites.  We will focus on the four most popular sites and how you can add your blogs for greater exposure.

People are using social bookmarking sites for a variety of reasons.  Some simply like to share the things the find across the Web.  Others like to keep track of all of their bookmarks online for greater accessibility.  Others want to find new things, whether “stumbling upon” a random site or finding sites with a specific tag.

Because they are “social,” this means that the bookmarks are a collective from people around the world.  Search engines are great, but they don’t always pick up everything.  For us  genealogists and cemetery enthusiasts, search engines can be out friend, or our enemy.  We may find that very thing we are looking for, but many times, the things we need are buried among the search results.  Social bookmarking sites may help us (and others) to pick up those obscure sources we may not find via a search engine.

GYR are urged to take advantage of these tools by creating an account for each of these site and listing your GYR blog(s).  Help others find you!

This article will provide instructions to guide you through adding your blogs to these bookmarking sites.  The instructions are for manual entry, as not everyone wants to download and use the toolbars.

Diigo

According to their website, Diigo is two services in one -- it is a research and collaborative research tool on the one hand, and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site on the other.”  This is a great tool to not only share your GYR blogs, but to use in genealogy and/or cemetery research.

Adding Your Blog to Diigo

When logged on, from your Dashboard, navigate to My Bookmarks.

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On the right side of the screen, enter the URL in the Add a Bookmark box.

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On the Add New Bookmark page, you can add a description and tags (i.e., categories/topics).  You can also add it to any lists you’ve created and share it with any groups you belong to.

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There are many more features to Diigo, but this article is only covering how to add a bookmark.  For more information, please refer to Denise Olson’s articles GYR Group at Diigo: Building an Online Resource Directory and Group Support.

StumbleUpon

According to their website, “StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites.”  So take advantage and “share” your blogs!

Adding Your Blog to Stumble

When logged on, head to your Stumble home page.

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Click on Site.

Enter the URL for your blog, then click the Post New Blog button.

You are then directed to a new page that lets you enter a review of the site and add tags (i.e., categories/topics).

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For the review section, you can add a short description of your blog.  And be sure to add tags so others can find your blog in the Stumble search.

Digg

According to their website, “Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users.”  Another great place to share your blogs!

Adding Your Blog to Digg

When you are logged in, choose the Submit New button in the top menu bar.

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Enter the URL of your blog and choose “News Article.”  Then click Continue.

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In Step 2 of the submission process, enter a title and description.  Then choose an icon (or select No Icon) and pick a category.  Once you have reviewed your submission, enter the CAPTCHA code to continue.

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It will likely suggest possible duplicates.  Review the list, and if no one else has submitted it, then click on the button at the bottom of the list to continue.  Your blog is now submitted (a.k.a. dugg).

When you are perusing Digg or other GYR blogs, be sure to dig them too!

Delicious

According to their website, “Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet.”  It is very similar to Diigo, mentioned above.

Adding Your Blog to Delicious

When logged on, click on the Save a new bookmark button in the upper right side on the screen.

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Enter the URL.

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Enter any notes (perhaps a description of your blog) and tags (i.e., categories/topics).  Then save it.

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So head on over to these sites and Spread the Word of your GYR blog through social bookmarking.

2 comments:

S. Lincecum said...

Great post, Julie! I learned a lot.

reiki said...

You have nice collection of social bookmarking sites.
I totally agree, Social bookmarking sites are major role in link papularity.
Thanks a lot.