If you have been around long enough you are probably familiar with Social Bookmarking. For those of you that haven’t been around that long, or aren’t familiar with it Social Bookmarking was a way to store your bookmarks and favorites online.
You are probably familiar with the bookmark or the favorite feature in your web browser, which will allow you to find a website or page that you want to revisit at a later time. This is great for your own computer, but doesn’t help if you are on another computer at work, or at a friend’s house for example. You want to show a co-worker this amazing site, but you can’t remember what the URL/address is. You simply login to your Social Bookmarking account, get the URL and show your co-worker or friend.
Originally they were more for storing bookmarks online for your own use in a private setting that you could retrieve from any computer with internet access. Eventually they were shared with friends and became public (Social). Once that happened they were heavily spammed for backlinks.
There were a number of Social Bookmarking sites that were hugely popularity in the early to mid 2000s. When sites like Twitter and Facebook came about they lost a lot of ground, and many no longer exist today.
I did submit some of my links to social bookmarking sites over the years. I never relied on them as my main source of backlinks, which was a good thing because many of the ones I had submitted to don’t exist anymore. I basically lost all my incoming links from many of these types of sites, which is kind of a bummer, but that’s just the way it is. This could happen to any kind of site for that matter too.
These were the more popular talked about sites that I assumed would be around for a very long time or indefinitely, but things certainly have changed as people moved to Social Media in the past few years.
A few of the ones that still exist I wish I wouldn’t have submitted to because they have gone downhill in terms of quality due to being heavily spammed now. Others could be on their way out because they barely load or don’t work properly anymore.
Social Bookmarking Sites That Still Exist That I Have Used:
*Digg and Delicious were sold awhile ago, and have changed some.
Social Bookmarking Sites That Don’t Exist Anymore That I Have Used:
Mixx (became Chime.in)
My Link Vault
*Popular at one time (No longer exist, don’t load, or not accepting new submissions).
I know I am forgetting a few others in this list as well.
It’s hard to pick just one, but I certainly miss Propeller. I really liked the way they did things. It was kind of a news aggregator/social bookmark website similar to Digg, but much more user-friendly and easy to use.
I know people assume that certain sites will be around forever, but that’s wishful thinking. There is no guarantee that a website or service will remain popular. New technology and ideas come about everyday.
Social Bookmarking isn’t completely dead yet, but many big name players have decided to cut their losses and quit. Some without any warning. Many people believe that Facebook and Twitter played a significant role in their demise.