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Why I Use More than One Social Bookmarking Service

July 30, 2009
Not that I’m paranoid (or maybe I am but I like to call it cautious skepticism) but I am always aware than any of the free web services that I use, or even ones I’ve paid for, could go belly up and my stuff on it (them) could vanish into a black hole. So when I read about speculation that my wonderful collection of bookmarks on could disappear, I feel my paranoia is justified.

Internet search marketers could lose some invaluable free tools from Yahoo such as their Site Explorer. Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb was concerned what the deal meant for Build Your Own Search Service (BOSS), Yahoo’s search developer platform Search Monkey and social bookmarking service Delicious, which he described as “one of the last era’s most heartbreaking symbols of untapped potential in social media”.

Bing is exciting as an effective challenger to Google, but if that competition comes at the cost of cannibalising Yahoo’s innovative search work – then we won’t be so excited about Bing any more.

I also celebrate that I have a strategy to deal with this. What are the odds that two similar web services will disappear at the same time? Not good, I hope.

My web stuff paranoia has led me to set up another social bookmarking service called Diigo. So I have two active accounts on different social bookmarking services.

So does that mean I have to save everything I like twice? Well, sort of, but that’s because I’ve recently taken to using Evernote, a broader and more visual saving application. But back to strictly social bookmarking. I only save once.

How? you ask. In Diigo, under my account name, I go into “Tools” where I can “Import Bookmarks”, but more importantly, I can “Save Elsewhere”. I have added my account here, and every time I save to Diigo, I also save, without any extra work, to

So I’m prepared! If Yahoo and Microsoft let die, I still have all my bookmarks in Diigo. (Same thing if something happened to Diigo.) And I have Evernote too!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2009 6:56 am

    Those are good suggestions, Joan. I use much the same technique. One of the things that bloggers do is put hours and hours of work into entries and so if that service ever went away, so do hours of sweat. You might consider as a way to create a book of all of your blog posts so that you have them should your blogging service go away. Or, it’s a nice PDF for Christmas presents.

  2. July 31, 2009 7:50 am

    Hi dogpete,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll be checking out today.


  3. July 31, 2009 9:26 am

    I think you’ll like it. It’s amazing how much you write as a blogger and this puts it in one spot.

    BTW, dogpete is my pet.

  4. February 9, 2010 6:20 am

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