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FAQ: Saving and Sharing Links

This blog links to services that offer different ways to save, share and recommend its contents -- tools to help you keep the conversation going online and connect with other readers who are interested in the same things you are.

Each of the services is free, but some form of user registration is required to use each of them.

Here's a brief description of each of the services, information on how to use them and links you can follow to register and find out more about the sites:

del.icio.us | Digg | Technorati | Other Options

del.icio.us

At its most basic level, del.icio.us allows users to save their bookmarks online.

Del.icio.us also gives users the ability to "tag" their bookmarks with descriptive category names. For example, someone who has bookmarked multiple Web pages that deal with the Washington Nationals baseball team could tag those links with any terms they want, like "baseball," "nationals," "natsfan," etc.

As members of a "social bookmarking" community, del.icio.us sers can also see how many other people have bookmarked the same pages, and they can look at those users' bookmark collections to find other interesting online content.

To register, go to: http://del.icio.us/register

For more information about Del.icio.us, go to http://del.icio.us/about/

Digg

On Digg, users share intersting online content by submitting links to the site. At that point, the Digg audience can vote on whether or not they think it is interesting. Articles with lots of votes, or "diggs," rise up higher on the site's main page and topical subsection pages.

Another form of social sharing, this site also lets users categorize the content they are submitting to Digg and label it with descriptions of up to 350 characters. Digg users can also submit comments on each content item submitted to the site.

To register, go to: http://digg.com/register

For more information about Digg, go to http://digg.com/about

Technorati

Technorati is a blog search engine. You can click the links in this blog to see if other blogs are linking to particular posts. The site also lets users track blogs that deal with specific topics.

Get more information on Technorati: www.technorati.com

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 16, 2006; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  About This Blog
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