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How to use Wakelet: bookmarking

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Do you use Wakelet for bookmarking? Find out how bookmarking can help you save, organize and share content from across the web better than ever before

What is bookmarking?

When you’re browsing the web and come across something you want to save, what do you do? You can’t exactly add a Post-it Note or turn the corner of the page. If you're like most people you’ll likely add it to your browser bookmarks, paste the URL into your notes or keep the tab open (hoping you don't close it) to go back to at a later date. That’s what bookmarking is: saving a web page for future reference.

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Wakelet for bookmarking

Instead of saving links to your web browser, you can save them to the web, meaning they can be accessed from any device and browser.

That's where Wakelet comes in! 

With Wakelet it is even easier to save, access and organize the links you've bookmarked. You can search, filter, sort your bookmarks and organize them further into collections. Links aren't the only type of content you can save to Wakelet. You can also save videos, PDF's, images, podcasts, music... you name it, you can save it!  

Once you've saved your items you can choose to keep them in your items area or add them to a collection, which is a collection of items around a certain topic. For example:

You can personalize and add context to the items you've added, add your own style to the collection cover, background and item images.

You can keep the collection private or share with others.

Making bookmarking social

The great thing about Wakelet and other social bookmarking sites is that your collections can also help others. Making them public means that anyone searching for similar themes and topics can benefit from your research and content, especially if you’re responsible for a company or organisation. Libraries are just one industry that has embraced social bookmarking as a way of collating and sharing informative links for their patrons – check out how Leeds Beckett University Library is using Wakelet here. 

Many educators have also become social bookmarkers. Wakelet is perfect for collating links for research projects, encouraging collaboration between students, allowing critical annotation, and for teachers looking to share resources in a more engaging, interactive way than just providing a list of links. Take a look at how the University of Salford’s Sport Rehab course uses Wakelet here.


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Why is social bookmarking beneficial?


Wakelet makes finding information on the subjects you’re interested in quicker and easier. Simply enter a keyword or topic into the search bar and you’ll be presented with collections of bookmarks on almost every subject imaginable.

And unlike searching on a traditional search engine, Wakelet’s collections have been curated by people who can add context in a way that algorithms can’t. The bookmarked collections feature links that have been carefully chosen, whether it’s to tell a contextual story or because they represent the very best content on a particular subject. It helps you narrow your search quickly, serving you relevant content rather than forcing you to search through pages of results for a needle in a haystack.

More awareness

If you’re a blogger, every time your article is added to someone’s Wakelet collection, it becomes easier for others to find and share. Plus, people who reach your blog from a social bookmarking site will generally find it because your website appeared in a search for topics they’re genuinely interested in, meaning they’ll be a highly-engaged audience. And the more high-quality readers that see your content, the better!

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