21 Social Sites


Class Notes - Social Sites

The benefit of social sites comes directly from people sharing.

  • Describing with tags
    • Taxonomies -
    • Folksonomies - classification derived from the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags
  • Types of social sites
                      • Social News (based on tagging)
                        • Technology
                        • Search & Internet marketing
                        • For researchers & scientists
                      • Social Bookmarking (based on voting)
                      • Social activity (e.g., shopping)
  • Features & dimensions
                      • Voting - people vote on whether the site is good or not
                      • Current (e.g., "what's hot")
                      • Time periods (e.g., "last hour", "today", "last week", "last month") - find info not just right now but from the past
                      • Topic categories (e.g., "business", "entertainment")
                      • Tags (both personal and shared) - assign mulitple tags to these sites

General market size information

Delicious changed name, thinking they'd earn more market share, but as seen in the image from today's slides this didn't work. They are still doing better than their competitors though.


Social News sites

  • Digg is the big monster in this field. "Digg is a place for people to discover and share content across the web, from the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog. Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users."
  • Yahoo! Buzz - Buzz articles up or down. See what people are buzzing about.
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon - A lot like Reddit
  • Fark: Basically just fun. They make fun of news reports.
  • Mixx - same thing as above
  • NewsVine - save thing as above
  • Slashdot "News for nerds. Stuff that matters."

Social Bookmarking sites

  • Delicious - Social Bookmarking. Allows you to search for titles, descriptions or tags and then bookmark the results you like. For just tags do "tag:yoursearch"
  • Diigo - "is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community." But it tends to be a little touchy. Diigo was foremost a powerful online research tool for highlighting, archiving, organizing, searching and accessing an article you found on the web. Really cool tool; can read article and highlight paragraphs of interests; add sticky notes on the page; and highlight pictures. In addition you can add tags to make things easier to find. Definitely watch the Tour Video.

Social activity site

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