Spread the word – the Confused.com guide to social bookmarking
If you found a Confused.com article (or indeed any page on the internet) useful or interesting, social bookmarking is an easy, convenient and increasingly common way to share it with friends or interested parties. Here’s how it works.
What is social bookmarking?
You’re probably familiar with the process of bookmarking an internet web page, i.e. saving a link to a page in your internet browser (e.g. Firefox or Internet Explorer) so that you can click on it to view later without having to retype the whole web address. Social bookmarking is simply a way to share these links with other people.
In addition, as links stored on your home computer are only accessible from that PC, and those stored on a work computer are only accessible at work, there’s another handy benefit to social bookmarking: the ability to access any saved links regardless of what computer you’re on, anywhere in the world.
Choosing a social bookmarker
The social bookmarking sites available on Confused.com are:
Facebook ; Dzone ; Digg ; Stumbleupon ; Technorati ; Del.icio.us ; Newsvine ; Reddit ; Blinklist ; Furl
Simply check out the above options, decide which you prefer, and sign up. Social bookmarking sites are free to use, but you will need to register to create your own account.
Each site has different features. For example, Facebook also lets you check what your friends are up to as well as a host of other things, whereas some just concentrate on storing and sharing bookmarks.
How to use social bookmarking
Say a Confused.com article strikes you as being particularly useful, informative or amusing, here’s how you’d socially bookmark it:
- Locate the relevant bookmark icon at the end of the article (if you’d signed up with Reddit, for example, you’d select the Reddit icon).
- Log into your account.
- You can usually label or ‘tag’ the bookmark to enable other users to search for relevant web pages.
- Share the article by using Reddit to email the link to everyone who may be interested, or simply save the link for your own future reading.
Social bookmarking really is that simple – just a few seconds and any page can be saved for use by you and the rest of your internet community. So don’t forget to social bookmark your favourite Confused.com article, and spread the word about saving money!