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I’m Sharing My Bookmarks

I’m Sharing My Bookmarks

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We launched an interesting new service at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/bookmarks.  It’s just getting rolling but I can already see this might have some interesting possibilities.  For instance, once this puppy gets really loaded with data there will be some great visualization and filtering capabilities. 

If you want to see the links I am adding, goto http://social.technet.microsoft.com/bookmarks/en-US/user/KeithCombs/.  I just started so don’t laugh.  Which reminds me, home many bookmarks do you have in IE, FireFox or Safari?  I have a little less than 900 but I’m guessing some of you have several thousand.

If you decide to start adding bookmarks to our social site, try to tag them on the add so other people can discover them easily.  Enjoy.

[UPDATE for 6/3/2008]  John Martin provided another blogpost at http://blogs.technet.com/johmar/archive/2008/06/02/why-social-bookmarking-will-be-different-on-msdn-technet-and-expression.aspx that gives you more insight into the current implementation of this idea, and what we hope will come out of it.  I had some pretty good ideas I sent to John and some of the other folks on his team.

I’m a little skeptical on all of this “social” stuff.  I posted 86 links so far. I wonder, what would be deemed socially unacceptable on “My Bookmarks”.  Grin.  No, I’m not going to test those limits.  I probably should go check and see what the rules are just in case.  I certainly don’t want to get in trouble for posting a link to the new P250 or something like that.

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  • Keith,

    The URLs are not working for me. HTTP 404 error code coming back for both links.

    With regard to Microsoft Bookmarking Service, I wonder there is a way of importing del.icio.us, stumbleupon and others.

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    Luciano Evaristo Guerche (Gorše)

    Taboão da Serra, SP, Brazil

  • Is it working now?  About the time you reported this Kevin Remde (another member of my team) said the same thing.  Two hours later it seems to be working for me.

  • Honestly, isn't this what del.icio.us is for. I've been hooked on that for a while. Plus there is Live Favorites...

  • Yea, you are probably right.  But we didn't invent that.  :?)

    However, it'll be interesting to see what surfaces on our site.  The overall context may be very different (the results).  

    I'm going to enter 200-300 bookmarks.  I'll pick stuff I already have I think you might be interested in, and other stuff I stumble across as time goes by.

    Hopefully the IT Pro context will emerge on the  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/bookmarks area.  Personally I am hoping for better visualization of what IT Pros link to and how that is important to their job today.  I really think we have poor insght into that today.  This might be an interesting way to understand what is really going on, assuming we get enough people to participate and we do something more compelling with the data.

    Today the text tags bore me.  But I would like to see some pivots on the data that are more interesting.  If it ends up being just Microsoft employees linking to Microsoft online properties, that isn't social, that's marketing.  I am trying to avoid that where possible.

  • Brandon, I'm on the team that's launching this new app, and I'd say that Keith is pretty close to the mark on our intent with this capability. I'll probably continue to use Delicious myself for my non-work related bookmarks. Check out recent blog posts by others on the team, who've obviously picked up on several comments being made like yours.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/dawg89/

    http://blogs.technet.com/johmar/archive/2008/05/27/about-social-bookmarking-tagspace-and-our-new-social-platform.aspx

    http://blogs.msdn.com/dantr/archive/2008/05/27/social-bookmarking-for-msdn-technet-and-expression.aspx

    Basically, we think this is one of several features we plan to add in order to make MSDN and TechNet much more community-driven sites.