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Social bookmarking websites are incredible tools to discover best content from the web, read breaking news, random articles and stumble upon a whole new world of information you never knew existed .Social bookmarking is like a google but it run and maintained by humans, and not with predetermined algorithms. If you don't know about the power of these social bookmarking sites or haven't used any then i must say you are missing a lots of useful information.This small post will guide you through some of the most common and powerful bookmarking sites and how can you make best use of these resources.
Digg is the most popular social bookmarking site which work on the simple principal of popularity, users submit links to content they like, and other users comment on those submissions and add their own votes called Diggs. Post which gets the maximum Diggs will featured on the top and in this way you always find the most famous post in the front page of Digg.com. Digg has lots of advantage but the big problem with their methodology is this website is dominated by some top brass of people and they handle what should be on top and what should not be .
Stumbleupon is a discovery engine which discovers cool websites based on your interest that you probably wouldn’t find using a search engine.Let's say you are in cooking, with StumbleUpon you will discover web pages,videos,blogs,photos about food all personalized to your unique taste, Clicking on the stumble button in your toolbar(see image in the right) will bring new web-pages as you are flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine.With StumbleUpon smart recommendation technique everything is tailored to your interests thumbing up and thumbing down will help stumble upon learn better what interest you and what don't .
What would you do if you find some interesting site,most people just press Ctr+D and bookmark it ,there may be some who subscribed to Email newsletter or RSS but this way of bookmarking has its disadvantages, At times we find ourselves out somewhere away from our home computer , you don't have access to all those essential bookmark you saved on your personal computer. Delicious.com is a online bookmarking service which allows you to save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what other people are bookmarking. It also means that we can show you the most popular bookmarks being saved right now across many areas of interest.
It is another website works on the same principle,Users also called redditors submit links to content on the Internet .Other users may then vote the posted links "up" or "down" with the most successful links gaining prominence by reaching the front page. In Reddit, the links appear on the ‘what's hot' list, whereas in StumbleUpon, based on the number of thumbs up and thumbs down, the links appear on the Stumbler's screen
There are many other social networking sites like Squidoo.com, technocrati.com, Slashdot.com which one is your favorite and what's your way to find new content on the web ,share your thoughts below.