Here it is. The official Sharing Cyclone Social Sharing Dictionary.
I’ve been researching these for a while, but this list is not exhaustive. Every time I try I find dozens more. My conclusions after compiling this list are:
- I thought about categorizing these by type—the news elevators, the blog aggregators, the friendly gossipers, the link savers and shares—but, frankly, the overlaps make this impossible. Sharers have blogs. Messagers allow saved links. Blogs have highlighted tags. FeedmeLinks Twitters, but they haven’t for a year. Ayayay.
- In total, we have a discombobulated mess. If you’re happy, stick with what you’re doing.
- Easy come, easy go. Diigo absorbed Furl. Yahoo MyWeb morphed into Yahoo Bookmarks.
- Social Bookmarking options are vast, and they’ve run amok. I’ve emboldened the options that stand out to me in terms having a focused audience and a simply user interface. And I look forward to trying out some of these options which pertain to my life (bargain shopping, yes, online gaming, no).
So here you go. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these. It will be fun to look at this in 10 years and see what has survived…
AIM – The original chat. For people like me, it was THE digital social networking tool throughout college. It’s where you expressed your excitement, your frustration, and your whereabouts (from the library to the shower to bed.) Now it seems to have grown with technology, but usage trends have shifted from this to Facebook, Google Chat, and texting.
Backflip – A bookmarker and tries to be a bit more. Been around since at least 2000, and looks like it, too.
BallHype – Sports oriented stories, blogs aggregator/sharer.
Bebo – My friend says this is more popular in Europe (her boyfriend is Irish). It appears to be trying to be a one-stop-shop for content, sharing, and aggregating multiple social networks. Seems to share a log in with AIM.
Blinklist – Sharable Bookmarks. This claims to be fastest for saving and finding (“lets you sort pages like iTunes”)-and allows saving of websites for review when one is no longer online.
Blogmarks – Just like it sounds: Blog-based “collaborative link management project based on sharing and key work tagging.” Whew. Cliché mouthful.
Care 2 – An online Community for healthy and green living. Part of me wishes it had only one position instead of two, but I can see how they go hand-in-hand. I give them points for having some sort of good-natured focus.
Current – This is the only 24/7 cable and satellite TV network and internet site produced with the audience. It has a lots of partners (iTunes, Cable companies, etc.). Prosumers submit, the best are filtered, and submitters can grow in reputation. I’d like to look more into this…very cool.
Dealsplus – Broken down this is just what its name implies: Deals Plus. Not to be confused with the similar-looking Del.icio.us, it’s a bargain shopping aggregator. Nice.
Digg – The famous news aggregator, where the most popular items bubble to the top.
Facebook – Oh come on, you know what this is. It’s the mother network.
Fark – “Edited” news aggregator; not a very pretty interface. Perhaps that their thing, though?
Faves (Bluedot) – “Sites you love from people like you.” Though I must admit that the Bluedot thing throws me off.
FeedMeLinks – Super techie, and the mission appears to be accomplished because they aren’t taking new users. It’s in language called LINUX APACHE MYSQL PHP. Here is the announcement on the homepage (in currier new font, I’ll add):
FEED ME LINKS: A SOCIAL BOOKMARKING EXPERIMENT
HYPOTHESIS UNDER TEST: COULD I CRAFT AN EXPERIENCE VALUABLE ENOUGH THAT USERS WOULD TURN THEIR BOOKMARKS
FILES “INSIDE OUT” AND SHARE WHAT WAS CONSIDERED, IN 2002, TO BE PRIVATE INFORMATION? (THEIR LINKS)
PRODUCT STATUS: COMPLETE (ARCHIVED)
Fresqui – I think the question this prompts is “What’s important?” or “What’s fresh?,” but my Spanish is terrible. Another news aggregator, seemingly skewed to video, but I could be wrong. Man, do these span the globe.
FriendFeed – For sharing and discussing with friends. Perhaps a watered down Facebook? My favorite characteristic: The dizzying link love run down on their about page:
Furl – YIKES! Look at this, posted on the homepage. It’s vaporizing tomorrow:
Furl will be shut down on April 17. Furl is being absorbed by Diigo and will no longer be available. Click here to transfer your data to Diggo. For help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Google Bookmarks – Part of the loveable iGoogle suite
Kaboodle – All about shopping! Helps users share shopping spaces and deals, and coordinates with Friendster, too.
KiRTSY – Social Bookmarking, but quite girly. Categories include Design/crafts, Family/Parenting, Fashion/Style, and more. Here is the description. Sounds like they’ve taken Jim Eiche’s positioning class (brand character anyone?).
kirtsy is a social media platform of pure goodness. A plaza for the peachy. A portal to the pretty. A place to find cool things. To read smart scoop. To connect with fab ideas, exceptional people, useful information, excellent products. All of it. And more.
kirtsy is just like that friend who always finds the best stuff. Only better.
Link-a-Gogo – FREE online links manager (are any of them not?). Whoopdedoo. I don’t see what’s different about this and the million others; except that it is uuughly.
LinkedIn – This sits on the networking side of social networking and comes with a more profession (aka job search) connotation.
Live – MSN google. (Note my non-proper noun use of google. That’s right, the brand has become the generic. Too bad for you Live because you’re not it.)
Magnolia – YIKES! This site lost everyone’s bookmarks two months ago. It dug (not to be confused with Dugg) around for a while but to no avail. I wonder what its trusted users think about how everything is-poof-gone. Now it recommends Diigo. And a video explanation of what happened. Read the apology notes on the homepage. Wow.
Meneame – Like Digg, with voted on categories, but in Spanish.
Mister Wong – This reminds me of Delicious, but with a more international flair.
Mixx – “Your blend of the web” it says. Another aggregator, with a cute logo and name.
Multiply – More media sharing, this one with a safe, family angle. For “sharing with people you know and not with people you don’t.” Smart position-like Volvo plus multiplying rabbits.
MySpace – Not to be confused with Facebook. Or, to quote a good friend Joe, “facebook or spaceface or facetwit or myface.” Ay, ay, ay.
N4G – Not to be confused with N4C (Northern California Camera Club), this is news sharing and community for gamers. Video/internet/console/moble gamers that is. Nicely targeted.
Netvibes – A “startpage” as they refer to it, similar to MyYahoo or iGoogle, where you can have everything (weather, email, favs) pulled together on one screen when you first hit the net.
Netvous – Online bookmarks, again. Share with friends, again. Discover new websites, again. Green and blue coloring, again.
Newsvine – One click here and I see both a) who was eliminated on Dancing with the Stars last AND b) a story about how Homeland Security is cautioning Rightwing extremism. Similar to Digg, with popular stories bobbing to the top thanks to users, but, like the name says, is more news related.
Oknotizie – Like Newsvine, Italian style.
Propeller – Run by AOL, another user-decided story feed.
Reddit – If you read it, you can Reddit. (Or at least I believe that is how it’s pronounced.) Another news article aggregator, with popularity votes by members.
Segnalo – More social Bookmarking Italian-style. Bravissimo!
Simpy – Another all-in-one: allows users to save, share, tag, search, bookmarks, etc. Lots of verbs. Probably not a lot of users.
SlashDot – A one-stop news source for Techie things-in particular Linux and Open Source platforms. The name says it all. I wonder if the .org means it is a nonprofit?
Spurl – I’m running out of descriptions for these bookmarking sites. Ugh. So many.
StumbleUpon – This site uses both user recommendations and machine learning to recommend websites, based on pre-determined preferences. Interesting. Here is a cool and complex diagram of how this works.
Technorati – Similar to Tailrank, but with news aggregation in addition to blogs. From my experience with it, bloggers can register and “claim” their blogs to create credibility and more frequent bot visits.
Twitter – In a twisted way, all of these dictionary entries are like twitters because they short, sweet, and all jumbled together.
Yahoo MyWeb – Yet another casualty. This shut this down last month and transferred all data straight to Yahoo Bookmarks. Why? To “focus,” to “streamline,” and to “reprioritize” efforts to Yahoo Bookmarks for personal bookmarking and Delicious for social bookmarking.
Yahoo Bookmarks – See above.
Yahoo Buzz – Yahoo’s version of Digg, plain and simple. Again, see two above.
Yardbarker – Another sporty one, here is their “about” description:
Yardbarker breaks down traditional barriers, allowing fans and athletes to debate sports, read and write articles, and watch videos. In the Yard, even the famous athletes are treated like fans.
We feature thousands of sports websites and blogs, so you’ll get news, rumors, photos and videos that you won’t find elsewhere. We make it easier to follow your favorite teams, talk sports, and submit links to interesting articles found elsewhere on the web.
You don’t need your own sports blog to join the discussion on Yardbarker. All you need is an opinion. But if you do have your own blog, join the Yardbarker Network. We will promote your site, increase your traffic, and put money in your pocket.
Yigg – Similar to Digg, but in German.