Social bookmarking is different from social networking. I got a really clear explanation of this recently. Yet, I have subscribed to many sites that belong in both categories and did not have a full grasp of the difference between the two of them.
Ok, this is my explanation:
Both are part of Web 2.0. However, social bookmarking is like choosing things to go into your favorites to go to later. Except there is a wide internet world that can see the sites you have chosen.
Whereas, social networking is like visiting sites you want to hang out in and play, visit, learn and share information with others in the world wide web who have silmilar interests.
An example of a social networking site is Twitter An example of a social bookmarking site is Delicious.
Also, see and enjoy an earlier post on Twitter.
Here is a great, easy to understand video from Common Craft on Social Bookmarking.
In my honest opinion, social networking is much more important. Real people who you can interact with will always be better than just plain links. The more people you know, the better YOU will be known. Just my 2 cents. 🙂
Social networking works best with actual face-to-face networking! Whether it be at a party, an event or anyplace where like-minded Baby Boomers gather with other age-appropriate Boomers to expand their social network. htp://www.BoomerParties.com
Thanks for the article on Social Bookmarking! Very informative… and timely! Keep them coming.