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Social Bookmarking Reviews

:: The v11 n4, April 2005 issue of D-Lib® Magazine features two interesting articles about social bookmarking. The first, Social Bookmarking Tools (I) - A General Review, provides a detailed review of current SB tools:

This paper reviews some current initiatives, as of early 2005, in providing public link management applications on the Web utilities that are often referred to under the general moniker of 'social bookmarking tools'. There are a couple of things going on here: 1) server-side software aimed specifically at managing links with, crucially, a strong, social networking flavour, and 2) an unabashedly open and unstructured approach to tagging, or user classification, of those links.
The second paper, Social Bookmarking Tools (II) - A Case Study - Connotea, is a review of the bookmarking tool developed by the Nature Publishing Group for use by those working in the scientific community:
Connotea is a free online reference management and social bookmarking service for scientists created by Nature Publishing Group . While somewhat experimental in nature, Connotea already has a large and growing number of users, and is a real, fully functioning service. The label 'experimental' is not meant to imply that the service is any way ephemeral or esoteric, rather that the concept of social bookmarking itself and the application of that concept to reference management are both recent developments. Connotea is under active development, and we are still in the process of discovering how people will use it. In addition to Connotea being a free and public service, the core code is freely available under an open source license.
Connotea was previously mentioned in a post in January 2005. At the time, it had 38 users, and as of today, has 2,304 users.

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