Section 52. Creating and Sharing Your Bookmarks

52. Creating and Sharing Your Bookmarks


29 Understanding the Blogger Template Structure and Editor


53 Embracing Folksonomy

52. Creating and Sharing Your Bookmarks

Social bookmarking refers to the process of creating bookmarksjust like in a traditional web browserbut storing and categorizing them in an online repository and sharing them with others. Users who partake in social bookmarking offer their lists for subscription, and subscribe to the lists of others. One very popular social bookmarks manager is, and this topic shows you how to output your bookmarks to your blog.

To learn more about and create a free account, visit and click the Register link. After registering, browse through the bookmarks and categories of other users and find some new websites to visit or store your own pre-existing bookmarks. When you have compiled a list of bookmarks to share, go to to get the code needed to include your links on your blog.


Configure Your Output Settings

You can configure several settings to control the appearance of links on your blog. You can control both the number of items shown and the order in which they are shown: alphabetically or chronologically by date added. You can display the link title, the link description, or neither (in which case just the URL will be shown). You can select an icon to call attention your links section, and you can choose an arrow or a bullet to precede your links. Finally, you can filter your links and show only links that have been tagged with a certain keyword.


Preview How Your Links Will Appear on Your Blog

As you make changes to the output settings, the preview area dynamically changes to show how your links will appear on your blog. Also on the page, but not shown in this figure, you can find additional information regarding styling your output with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Most important of all, you can copy the JavaScript snippet you have to place in your Blogger template.


View Your Links on Your Blog

Paste the snippet of JavaScript obtained from somewhere in your Blogger template. Access the Blogger template editor by logging in to Blogger, clicking the Change Settings icon in the Blogs section of the Blogger Dashboard, and then clicking the Template tab.

Find an area where you would like the links to appear and paste the code there. In this example, I have placed the code for my links in the area underneath my blog archives, in the sidebar of the blog template. When you have placed your code snippet in your template, click the Save Template Changes button and republish your blog. As you add bookmarks through the interface, this JavaScript snippet will display them; there is no need to modify your template every time you update your links.

NOTE is not the only social bookmarks management system out there. Check out the Wikipedia entry for social bookmarking at to find a long list of services.

Blogging in a Snap
Blogging in a Snap (Sams Teach Yourself)
ISBN: 0672328437
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 124 © 2008-2017.
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