I continue to use Delicious to bookmark web pages as an alternative to storing items in my computer browser folders. I have over 1,000 items that are appropriately tagged for easy reference, such as the below screen shot:
(Click it to zoom.)
You see how the first bookmark is referenced by the number 295 in the right column? That indicates I am one of 295 people who bookmarked that article. If I wanted, which I rarely do, I could click that number and view the usernames of other people who also bookmarked the article.
The idea behind clicking those numbers is I could potentially run benchmarks comparing articles that John, Mary, and I bookmark together; and assume that if we all liked one, then I might like other bookmarks of theirs–and they might like mine. Hence, social bookmarking.
But, I rarely do that. I’m using Delicious for bookmarking but not social bookmarking. This is a key difference–because it helps explain why I’m not using my Digg or Reddit accounts either.
When you consider I frequently recommend content on Twitter and FriendFeed, I don’t see the point in sharing the same content on Digg and Reddit (and countless other social bookmarking sites, such as Sphinn, Furl, Mixx, and StumbleUpon).
With the rise of “Tweet Me” plugins on most of the blogs–and news sites–I visit, I wonder how you view social bookmarking. Maybe I should give Digg and its ilk a second chance? Or, is Twitter the new social bookmarking site?