Bookmarking sites are a great place to save your websites for later. The great thing about bookmarking sites is that you can keep the websites organized and you have your bookmarks whether you are at school, home, or anywhere else. I frequently look at my bookmarking sites for things related to my class, curriculum, holidays, hobbies, etc. It is always a nice surprise when I am looking for a website for Cinco de Mayo (for example) and find one I had forgotten about that is perfect.
There are many social bookmarking sites out there if you are trying to bookmark for high traffic to your blog or freelance company, but there are some simple ones for those who just want to keep their websites in order and find them when we need them.
Which bookmarking site you use depends on how you want it to look. Some people are linear minded and just like the simple interface with a list of websites. My favorite no nonsense bookmarking place is Diigo. Diigo is very simple. The trick to bookmarking though, is to make sure you tag your bookmarks. Tagging them allows Diigo to put them in folder (so to speak).
The easiest way to use Diigo is with the extension. This is a lot simpler than these directions may appear…. Go to the Google Chrome Store and search for Diigo. It is free. You want the one that says “Diigo Web Collector”. When the extension is added to your extension try, you can start to use it. Whenever you are on a site that you want to save, click on the Diigo extension by the address bar (blue d).
A small window will pop up asking what you want the tags to be. Your tags are separated by spaces. You cannot make a tag more than one word, but you can use underscores, dashes, etc. You can use as many tags as you want. Think about which Diigo folders you would look in to find that website in when you are looking for it.
The small pop up window also allows you to Annotate or make a sticky note. Whenever you return to that page you can click on the Diigo extension to see what you wrote, maybe a lesson plan idea, or you can edit your tags for that site. You can also keep Diigo open and just add the sites at the Diigo website.
There are many other things Diigo can do for you. You can get emails telling the sites that have been bookmarked lately by other users for your topics of interest, for example. Look around, it is a great bookmarking site. Here is the link to my Diigo site if you want to see what a site in use looks like. I have many, many bookmarks. If you click on some they may be old links and not a website anymore, but most of them should work.
Some people are more visual and want to see a preview of the website. Most people know I have an extensive amount of Pinterest boards and Pins. I love Pinterest! I use it for the same things that I used to use Diigo for. There are a few differences. With Pinterest you can see a picture from the place you are bookmarking. You can also bookmark an entire page or just an image.
When you first sign up for Pinterest, you will be asked what some of your interests are. This is because Pinterest also is a different kind of search engine. When web pages are “Pinned” that Pinterest believes may be of interest to you, they add it to your Explore. You get to the Explore area by clicking on the ‘P’ next to the search bar. The search is incredible. After searching an item, you will see that Pinterest gives you some options for refining your search to get just what you want. I find myself searching Pinterest sometimes when I need an image instead of Google.
Pinterest also has an extension. You can also get it at the Google Chrome Store (for free). You want the one that says “Pinterest Save Button”. Once it is installed, you can click on it to save the web page or image that you want. If you are a past user who found that many pages could not be “Pinned”, they have come a long way…
You can save the entire web page or just a photo. If you see a photo that you like but do not want the entire page, open the photo in a new tab and Pin that by clicking the ‘P’ in your extension bar. Once you click the ‘P’, you will get a pop up asking you where to save it. They call these “Boards” but it is just like organizing the websites into folders. The trick is to ask yourself what to name the board so you will know where to find it. Make a bunch of boards to make it easy! You can have up to 500 boards, and some of them can be secret boards… Here is a link to my Pinterest site if you want to check it out. Yes, I have over 150 boards and almost 5,000 pins, but you can see that they are organized so I can find exactly what I am looking for.
There are other bookmarking sites worth looking into: Symbaloo is a popular one with techy people. It looks pretty cool but is a little more work than I like (or have time for). If I had the time to create one it would be a great home page to start the day off with news, weather, etc.
Check out these ones. Everyone has their own favorite… Bag The Web, it looks like a great site. I tried it for a bit but already had so much on Diigo…. Live Binders, it even looks like a filing cabinet….