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PREVIEW: Social Bookmarking on MSDN &TechNet

PREVIEW: Social Bookmarking on MSDN &TechNet

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Next week, we will release a preview version of Social Bookmarks for both MSDN and TechNet and showcase it at TechEd North America the following week.

While the preview will not have full functionality (it is also English-only), it will allow members of the community to...

  • Bookmark any URL on the web
  • Apply tags
  • Save bookmarks in the new My Bookmarks tool

All bookmarks, bookmarkers, and tags will also be enabled as links and can be “surfed” to discover new content and people.

Social bookmarks will also be integrated into the new Profile page and give every member of the community a great new way to increase their visibility, impact, and influence.

(See screenshots of the Social Bookmarks home page from a test build below; the bookmarks themselves are not real - created just for testing)

Let us know what you think of this with a comment or jump in to the new Social Bookmarks forum.


MSDN Social Bookmarks Preview


TechNet Social Bookmarks Preview




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  • This is a simply brilliant idea -what is so shocking is that it took you all so long to see the need for this enhancement

  • Can this be integrated into Internet Explorer itself?

  • Clicking on to Social Bookmark forum gives following error message :

    "Server Error in '/' Application.

    The resource cannot be found.

    Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.  Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

    Requested URL: /Error/Error500.aspx"

  • Kevin, the Social Bookmarks forum is actually not available right now, because we are releasing the platform update that contains Social Bookmarking. Ironic, I know. Should be done within an hour or two.

  • Ken, when Social Bookmarks releases later today, you will see that we offer a simple "bookmarklet" that can be added to your browser to make it easy to bookmark pages as you view them. Were you thinking of deeper integration than that? Pls let us know - we're actively planning the details of the full release.

  • Amazing how Microsoft is late to the game with tools individual developers have created that incorporate into browsers and OS'es.  

  • that's good news for technet and msdn users.

  • Along with live spaces this makes a complete social network offering, much like all in Web 2.0 sites like Danogo.

  • John, I guess I was wondering if this would replace the standard bookmarking system on IE (the Favorites). It would seem for it to be almost obsolete with an online sharing system.

  • Ken, thanks for the question. I think social bookmarking is an emerging technology (its all relative, as my dad would say) that has a lot of promise, especially for technical professionals trying to find good content and connect with others in their space. And it has the potential to make traditional bookmarks obsolete, but that's not a certainty. Adoption will depend on the perceived risk, effort, and reward that people see. We did some research recently on the adoption of "Web 2.0" technologies by technical professionals and found that about 50% of those surveyed were familiar with social bookmakring and abour 25% were actually using it. I expect both numbers to grow. Might be that we start seeing add-ins for browsers that offer social bookmarks in the browser much the same way traditional favorites are offered today.

  • Microsoft is opening up the MSDN , TechNet , and Expression sites to the worldwide technical community.

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