Social Bookmarking – Why You Need to Jump on This Great Networking Trend

socialbookmarkingSo, you’ve never heard of social bookmarking and are feeling a little out of the loop?  Don’t worry, this is one bit of technology that is easy to use and understand.  You can have your social bookmarking lists up and running in no time at all.  The learning curve in this arena is really just a matter of minutes.

Now, what exactly is this new social bookmarking trend all about?  First of all, it is not such a new trend; it has actually been around for several years, but is just now becoming more commonly used by computer users of all skill levels.

You most likely know how to bookmark using your web browser.  This is a handy tool for keeping track of those websites that you return to over and over again.  Well, social bookmarking takes this concept to the next level.  Websites such as digg.com, StumbleUpon.com, del.iciou.us, or blinklist.com allow you to add your well-used websites to an online list of favorites with just a simple click of the mouse.

What are the benefits to such a service? Well, here are just a few of the many advantages to using a social bookmarking site.

These free services store your bookmarks online, so you don’t have to worry about losing all those precious favorites you have built up on your web browser.  If your computer crashes you can still access your links from any location with an internet connection.  This is great if you use your laptop when traveling to do presentations at clients’ homes.  When your laptop is on the fritz, you can take your partner’s laptop and still be able to show your clients’ the important information you have collected without having to write down all the web addresses from memory.

You can also share the links to your favorite pages on a social bookmarking website.  You can allow your customers to have access to your lists and see what websites interest you and relate to your business.  You will also get to see what web pages your customers find interesting.  This is a great insight to help you learn more about your target audience.   Most of these bookmarking sites have a public area for users to add their favorite links.  If you have a website as part of your home-based business, you can add it to the list and generate traffic to your site with just a single click.

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