What: Inside Wheaton and Printing Services
Why: Server maintenance
Have you ever bookmarked a webpage and placed it in a folder? Have you ever used a card catalogue? If so, you have already experienced the two major principles behind social bookmarking: categorizing and sharing.
Wikipedia defines social bookmarking well as "a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources". And, like the card catalogue, "the resources themselves aren't shared, merely bookmarks that reference them."
Social bookmarking is, in essence, an opportunity to make your own library catalogue of digital resources, share it with the world, and hook it up with other people's catalogues -- all via a dead-simple interface.
In practice, this is a very simple process: as you browse the web, you look for pages of interest. When you find one, you save the location in your bookmarking service (usually with the click of a single button) and apply metadata to it. Typically, that metadata consists of a short description and one or more tags -- one-word identifiers or labels; think library of congress classifications, except you make them up yourself.
Like so much of the Web 2.0, the magic happens when many many people start doing this together. What was once a private collection of interesting links (not unlike the bookmarks you maintain in your browser), becomes a vast, searchable information landscape. Consider the advantages: