Social Bookmarking: A Review of Blinklist

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The Bottom Line

Blinklist is a great social bookmarking site for beginners and for long-time users. The video tutorials make it easy for those new to social bookmarking to get up and running. The blink button added to the browser toolbar is a great way of quickly bookmarking and tagging sites without moving away from the website, and the ability to highlight some of the text on the site is an added bonus.

Pros

  • One-click bookmarking
  • Easy to get started
  • Add bookmark without leaving the site

Cons

  • Interface lacks some functionality
  • Too much spam

Description

  • Organize your bookmarks based on keyword tags
  • See how others have rated your bookmarks
  • View recently added, popular, or hot public bookmarks

Guide Review - A Review of Blinklist

Blinklist has made getting started with social bookmarking pretty simple. Setting up an account is as easy as choosing a name and password, entering your email address, and typing in the letters from the spam filter image. Once your account is set up, Blinklist takes you through a quick tutorial explaining how to add the blink button to your browser and how to bookmark sites. Those new to social bookmarking will find their video tutorials a helpful bonus.

The blink button allows you to add a website to your list with a single click. Instead of taking you to the Blinklist site, the button will bring up a small window where you can add the appropriate keyword tags, type in a small description, rate the website, or send the site to a friend.

If you highlight a section of text on the website before clicking the button, this text will appear in the notes field, saving yourself some typing.

Bookmarks are arranged on an easy-to-read page where you can easily search through them. You can also see how many blinks they have, which indicates the number of times they have been bookmarked by other users.

You will also see the overall rating given by the users.

You can also add friends to your profile and search through public bookmarks. While this is also a simple process, there are a few kinks in the system. For example, while you can see who added a website in the recently-added list, you cannot see who added bookmarks in the 'hot now' or 'popular' lists.

Blinklist also has a spam problem, so sometimes searching through the public bookmarks can become frustrating when most of the sites coming up are spam.

One nice added bonus is the message board that allows you to post a quick message. This should be a real benefit to new users who have questions and can't find the answers in the FAQ.

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