I need a multi-network social news/bookmarking site.

My challenge in identifying the best social bookmarking or news site for my purposes is that I want to share different links with a number of networks of people. I would like my colleagues in the DA and I to share political news and useful links. I also want to share useful Web 2.0 links with fellow nomadic marketers – class-mates from two different courses I’ve attended (and perhaps a few other contacts I’ve picked up along the way).

I find myself using different sites or channels to share links with different groups – Muti for Nomadic Marketing graduates; Facebook group and/or Del.icio.us for my FNF Political Communication in the IT Age class-mates; and I’ve just set up a Ning network for DA staff to share ideas and information. It’s not exactly efficient.

I confess, I haven’t examined very many of the 47 social news sites cited in the blog I wrote about on Monday. Some of them are quite niche-specific, but even looking at the general ones, it’s hard to know where to start.

Del.icio.us provides for a network for friends/contacts, so you can zoom in what people in your network have been linking to. And I know that Muti allows for specialised sub-groups – co-creator Dave Duarte set up a sub-MutiThis for his Nomadic Marketing graduates – but I’m not sure if it’s something that can be done by ordinary users of the site. Either way, neither option solves the multiple, separate networks problem.

So what’s the solution? First prize for me is a social bookmarking site that allows users to create and/or join multiple networks, and to select the networks with which they wish to share any particular link. Anyone know of a site that’s providing that service? (Or prepared to build one? Perhaps in the new version of Muti mentioned in Dave’s 2008 To-do list šŸ™‚ )

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2 Responses to “I need a multi-network social news/bookmarking site.”


  1. 1 Yang-May 31 January 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I like delicious because you can create different link rolls by using different tags so I have a link roll for my Fusion View blog and another one for ZenGuide blog.

    I also have a separate feed for my book wiki – by sending the delicious feed to Feeddigest.com and putting the Feeddigest code in the wiki. You could use other widgets like springwidget or widgetbox. The feed is the useful bit.

    You can also share links with other users on delicious of course.

    If you feed the link roll to Twitter using Twitterfeed and synched to Facebook using Twittersynch, you can then get the links to appear in your Facebook status.

  2. 2 ahazell 31 January 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Yang-May,

    Thanks for the input. Yes, using tags on Del.icio.us is an option, but doesn’t it still require people in my network to select their appropriate tag. Wouldn’t it be more elegant if you could click ‘post to delicious’ and then tick the network(s) to which the link is relevant, rather than having to jump through numerous feed-related hoops to match the links to the appropriate audience?

    And I don’t really want to post links to my Facebook profile because the majority of my friends probably aren’t interested. It’s one of my bugbears with the ‘Share on Facebook’ widget. You can only post to your profile or send as a message. What about posting to a Group?

    Regards,
    Anthony


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