Prompt #12 – Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking sites

It’s Day 12 of the Author Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt is:

A social bookmarking site is a “centralized online service” that gives its users the ability to add, annotate, edit, and share links to web documents. Bookmarking, also known as “tagging” is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies. Popular social bookmarking sites include Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg. Do you regularly use any social bookmarking sites? Why do you use the ones you use? What are the benefits of social bookmarking? What are the specific benefits of social bookmarking to authors? If you’re not using a social bookmarking site, you’re missing out on a key aspect of social media: referrals by the users. Is social bookmarking something you should consider incorporating into your online book marketing strategy? Give us links to your profiles, if you have them.

I used to use StumbleUpon, many moons ago, but I don’t use it any more. I found that I was getting too busy to spend much time there, and many of the sites I found were not all that interesting to me.

To find new sites, I either do a Google search for them, or find them via recommendations on Facebook. I’m also finding more and more I’m heading the library for research as the librarians seem to be able to find information that I seem to miss – even with an Internet search!

Because I don’t use them any more, I haven’t even thought about using them for marketing… I will be interested to hear what others have to say about this and see if I change my mind about it 🙂

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  1. I”m feeling the same way as you. There are only so many hours in the day, and it’s so easy to get distracted by the bells and whistles of social media. I can only spread myself so thin without it being a negative. But, I’ll have to look into it more from a marketing perspective.

  2. Have to agree with both of you. So much to do – so little time 🙂

  3. Never enough time….

  4. I love stumble upon. I’m choosing what sites I feel best suit me and then will work on those.

  5. It only takes a few moments to stumble a site. Especially if you have the add-on installed to a browser like Firefox. I understand your reluctance, but I plan to have a schedule to share on our last day 🙂 WRITE ON!

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