I Read It On Reddit: Social Bookmarking and Staying Up To Date

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The internet is a big, scary place. Not unlike the world, it’s impossible to see everything so having a guide you can trust is important. In real life you’d choose a local or tour group to show you the best parts of a certain area, so why not do the same on the internet? Enter Social Bookmarking.

Social Bookmarking is a lot like watching Sportscenter. It weeds out the boring, the mundane and uninteresting to bring you the very best of what’s out there. Websites like Reddit, Del.icio.us, Stumbleupon and Digg are examples of Social Bookmarking sites. Users log in, browse the most interesting parts of the internet (according to the usually specific community of the Social Bookmarking site you’re using) and can add to the discussion with their own favourite parts of the internet that day.

Much like Twitter, there are ways to follow certain topics. The site usually segregates links into categories like humor, politics, news and sports and depending on your interest, some sites are better than others for each category.

Each site has its own unique community, and caters to a different type of web browser. Reddit is a geek’s Social Bookmark site and takes a lot of the (cleaner) links from 4chan (if you don’t know what 4chan is, google it at your own risk). Stumbleupon is very user-friendly, and allows users to put a toolbar in their browser of choice so they can add their own Social Bookmarks easily, and when they bore of a page they can click a ‘random’ button and be whisked away to a popular link on Stumbleupon from that day. Digg is a more corporate site, and is often seen along side ‘share it’ options on video blogs, web tv sites and similar media outlets. If a user finds a cool video they ‘Digg it’. Delicious is similar to Digg in this respect.

UVic students won’t find any information on the UVSS on any of these sites – not nearly enough people post links about student politics. However, Reddit does have a soft spot for civil liberties cases, and a lot of the huff about the CFS is sure to spill over into the news or WTF section.

    • egw
    • November 27th, 2010

    Great posting! You’ve convinced me to give Reddit another chance.

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