Some real people feedback about bookmarklets…

Posted by joy


On the MSNBC developer blog, the question was posed How do you share?. Not in the grade school way, but in the newfangled Web 2.0 way.

Overall, the comments from MSNBC readers were pretty… negative. Aside from the “I’ll just paste the link I want to share in an email” or the “I’ll just add the page to my browser bookmarks” or the “they’re tracking your habits for nefarious purposes” comments, other commenters cited just one or two social bookmarking sites (the most popular seeming to be either del.icio.us or digg.com). And a few other commenters wondered, “Hey, MSNBC, don’t you own Newsvine?”

It appears that the zen habits of social bookmarking hasn’t been widely accepted by the at large Internet populace.


5 Responses to “Some real people feedback about bookmarklets…”

  1. joh3n Says:

    My assessment of this: it takes approximately the same amount of work to do it the old way as the new way. Thus, why learn a new way when the apparent benefit is no different?

  2. Sigivald Says:

    I’ve never seen the point of social bookmarking, myself. (I comprehend using, say, delicious, to provide bookmarks for myself when on the go, but I don’t actually do so.)

    Especially Digg, which seems to attract dense clouds of stupid, and Digg-spam of people trying to get Digg rankings raised.

  3. Arthur Says:

    Especially Digg, which seems to attract dense clouds of stupid, and Digg-spam of people trying to get Digg rankings raised.

    Yeah, particularly that. Back in the days I always thought slashdot was for kids…

  4. Robert Morgen Says:

    I experimenting with it now. I’m thinking that I might get a bit of traffic from Reddit and maybe propeller, but it also occurs to me that it’s a gamble that the right person might see the article before it’s bumped off the page.

    On the other hand, it only takes about 5-10 seconds to send the link over to those guys, so the jury is still out.

  5. Andrea Says:

    I really like using bookmarklets. I feel like I should be using sites like digg and feel like a bad little blogger for not doing so. But I really only have time for sites more specific to my industry like StyleHive and SugarLoving so that I can most efficiently target my audience.

    @joh3n: I find bookmarklets way quicker and more efficient than say pasting a link in an email or event bookmarking it the “old fashioned” way.

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