Youtube have now come to the party and made themselves a full blown Social Bookmarking Site. This is welcome news for you Social Networking and Social Media enthusiastists.
My friend Chris Lang put this video together to show just how easy it is to share with your friends.
When it comes to Social Bookmarking, there is an unspoken etiquette if you like, where if your content is good enough, your readers will bookmark it for you. That makes sense and shows gratitude for your work. If you really want to, you can submit your own links however, it always has more of a chance to be popular or get more votes, if someone else submits it. So let’s take a look at some Social Bookmarking sites to get an idea of how to use them and what kind of posts or videos you will bookmark where.
We should all be familiar with the bigger sites such as Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Mixx, Propeller, Kirtsy (a sister site to Digg), and Sphinn.
Twitter, while not being a bookmarking site as such, still has a very big potential for making your links go viral. As an Internet Marketer or a blogger, that’s what we all ultimately want – our work to go viral and be seen by as many visitors as possible.
Okay, so let us take a look at a breakdown of sites and their suitability for bookmarking. I will list them under headings to make it a little clearer for you. Remember also that with any submissions and voting, it counts more so if you do it from the page of the actual article and not by voting from inside the bookmarking site itself.
This is where submissions are made and the community will vote up or down on what you have shared. They can also leave a comment or review if they so wish. If you are using any of these sites listed here and you are the submitter (ie: first to add a particular item), then it is your responsibilty to give the first review. Preferably in your own words rather than copy and paste from the original piece.
I know we can all be guilty of not writing our own words and that’s okay. I have found that if it is your words rather than the first sentence of the piece, then it seems to get more attention. You could even try to be humourous if it suits. I’ll leave that up to you.
These are more of an organising place for your bookmarks. In these sites, you can add tags to make it easier to then go back and search for a particular site, article or video which you liked. You could also leave a comment about why you liked about it too and this will alert other members to what the bookmarked item is about.
- Faves/Blue Dot
- Mister Wong
- Google Bookmarks
- Yahoo Bookmarks
Feedback is Golden
We all love to have feedback and I would certainly invite your comments and ideas about this post and about your thoughts on YouTube as a Social Bookmarking site. Whether this has made it easier for you to share your content with your friends and peers and even if you are new to social bookmarking, how has this post helped you in using social media.