For anyone doing research online, or just spending a lot of time browsing, bookmarking tools are an extremely useful of saving content for later or sharing it with friends and colleagues.

Here are five of my favourite bookmarking tools for your viewing pleasure...

Del.icio.us

The most popular social bookmarking tool, del.icio.us lets you save a link via a broswer button and access it from anywhere. You can view your bookmarks via a tag list or cloud.

The tools for sorting and sharing bookmarks aren't especially extensive, but the service is easy to use and effective.

Furl

As well as bookmarking articles and websites you come across, Furl also provides recommendations on sites of interest, based on your previous saved articles.


Ma.gnolia

This is a well designed site with an interface that is easy to use. As with del.icio.us and Furl, you can bookmark sites via a browser plugin.

Ma.gnolia also allows you to import existing bookmarks from del.icio.us or from your browser. The sharing tools are excellent, while the service can also save a copy of the web page you are bookmarking.

Iterasi

Recently launched, Iterasi is a useful bookmarking service, allowing you to tag articles and websites via a browser button.

What distinguishes this tool is that it saves web pages in the same state as when you bookmark them, in case these pages change or disappear over time.

Faves

Formerly Blue Dot, Faves works via a button on your browser's toolbar that allows you to instantly tag any site you are reading. You can also choose any image from the page as well as tags and notes to add to the saved article.

With Faves, you can create your own profile and personalise your homepages, while you can also subscribe to topics on the site to receive the latest content in your chosen area.

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Graham Charlton

Published 12 June, 2008 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Jake

Stumble Upon and Del.icio.us are my personal favourites. I use their Firefox plugins which make fast to bookmark sites.

I also use Digg but the Digg website does not always automatically log you in, so it can be time consuming.

almost 10 years ago

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emsquared

A good selection.I've long used Adaptive Blue's Blueorganizer firefox add-on which lets me bookmark to various bookmarking sites & social networks as well as saving to their own bookmarking service which can be done automatically or manually. I like the combination of searching my bookmarks by keywords (ala metadata) and the way you can find related material (in a real semantic web way).

almost 10 years ago

Chris Lake

Chris Lake, CEO at Empirical Proof

Yeah, StumbleUpon is certainly one to look at, can be a good driver of traffic over the long term.

almost 10 years ago

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Matt Bamford-Bowes

Good recommendations, really think social bookmarking is undervalued in the UK and don't feel its reaching its full potential. I use Delicious and have started to revisit my usage of StumbleUpon by changing my settings to see what more interesting content I can find. Am looking forward to trying out the ones you have recommended above to see if my theory that brands can reach niches is true. (have written about this on my blog)

almost 10 years ago

Ian Tester

Ian Tester, Senior Product Manager at brightsolid online publishing

Delicious is great.

But whatever you do, do not go NEAR Yahoo!'s MyWeb which is horribly horribly broken (and has eaten 3 years of my bookmarks, never to be returned to me).

;-(

almost 10 years ago

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