Social Bookmarking in Plain English, and then some

Over at CommonCraft, Lee LeFever recently published a great basic video tutorial, Social Bookmarking in Plain English. Here it is:

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Of course, there’s more you can do with social bookmarking than what Lee describes — he was just trying to cover the bare basics. For instance, you can use del.icio.us, a popular social bookmarking tool, to automatically create a daily post to your blog of all the links you’ve bookmarked in the last 24 hours. This is how I generate my links posts.

To do that, in your del.icio.us account click “settings.” Then under the “blogging” heading, click “daily blog posting.” After that you’ll have to fill in some geeky information. This feature only works with certain blogging tools, and it usually takes a little trial and error to get it working right, but it can be a great easy way to post more often to your blog while also getting all the other benefits of social bookmarking (which Lee’s video explains well).Now, if you use del.icio.us to create daily linkblog posts, then you’ll soon discover that you might want to have more than one del.icio.us account — one for posting links to your blog, and another for other stuff you want to remember and share but not necessarily post to your blog. If for that reason or any other you have more than one del.icio.us account, a hassle-free way to manage them is to get the del.icio.us complete add-on for the Firefox browser. I’ve been using that for a couple of years, and it’s brilliant.

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