What is Social Bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.
In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_bookmarking)

PMI on Social Bookmarking

Plus - Can keep track of your bookmarks on any internet connected computer, can post bookmarks for someone else (collaborative research), follow other people's research thoughts
Minus - can be distracting
Interesting - social networking and collaboration opportunities abound

Examples of Social Bookmarking

my del.icio.us account - how it looks - http://del.icio.us/nick.johnstone (follow me)

"7 Things You Should Know About... Social Bookmarking" addresses a community—or social—approach to identifying and organizing information on the Web. Social bookmarking involves saving bookmarks one would normally make in a Web browser to a public Web site and "tagging" them with keywords. The community-driven, keyword-based classifications, known as "folksonomies," may change how we store and find information online.
(Source: http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutSocia/156804)