Internet users are relieved to have in their hand an opportunity to be able to store, organize ,search and manage bookmarks of web pages .This eventual process is known as ‘Social Bookmarking’. Metadata provides the necessary help in the process
Social bookmarking is an innovative process, wherein links to web pages are saved by the users which they desire to be recollected or shared by them once again. These are public bookmarks in general but are saved privately within a specific group. These groups may be an assimilation of some specified people, within some
reliable networks or of another collection of people of both private and public sphere. Such eligible people can always see these bookmarks through a search engine in terms of category or tags that is according to order.
Even though there are some services offering various options of categories and folders or a combination of tags and folders, majority of social bookmarking services urge users to systematize their bookmarks with common tags in place of the formal browser based folders. They also possess the ability to find bookmarks clubbed with a selected tag and pass on the information related to the quantity of users using those bookmarks.
Generally, social bookmarking services offers web feeds for their list including that of tags. This helps users to mark new arrivals of bookmarks for saving, sharing by others. In short, all these services have gained acceptance in showing related ratings and comments on bookmark. It has also enhanced the capability to accommodate incoming as well as outgoing bookmarks from different sources.
Advantages of Social Bookmarking :
Social bookmarking processes possess many benefits over the old customary automated resource location and classification software, when developing a high quality search engine.
The tag based classification of resources is entrusted to human beings, instead of software attempting to find the meaning of resources algorithmically.
Users try and bookmark web pages, unseen or unlisted by web spiders.
This system is able to rank a resource based on number of bookmarking by users making it immensely useful for end users.
It is a just way to find a comprehensive lot of bookmarks from several computers and thereby share with contacts.