Interpreting Bookmarking

| July 11th, 2006

In a Social bookmarking system, users store lists of Internet resources, which they find useful. They also categorize their resources by the use of informally assigned, user-defined keywords or tags. [via Wikipedia]

One way of interpreting bookmarking systems is as the above ie simply a list of ‘resources which they find useful‘. If we consider bookmarking systems like, as per the above the bookmarks are just lists of urls which the user finds useful.

The same if viewed from another perspective could be interpreted as ‘resources which they find interesting‘. Hence a bookmarking system behaves as an ‘interest management system‘.

Yet another perspective, which is relevant to search engines, is the ‘history of visited pages labelled by keywords‘. This gives the search engines information about the likelihood of a user clicking on a result (the bookmarked link) for specific keywords (tags), something intrinsic to personalized search.

These are the various perspectives I intend to exploit with the tool I’ve started developing (read about the core concept here). I will be developing this tool initally on Simpy as Otis Gospodnetic (author of LIA book and the one behind Simpy) has offered his valuable support.

In the meantime you can ponder over other ways to look at bookmarking and possibly list it down here as well.

  • Otis Gospodnetic

    Ah, that link to the core concept refreshed my memory. I’m looking forward to this! Out of curiosity, what are you going to write this in? Note that Simpy has several API clients available now – .

  • Anand Kishore

    I intend to build this in Java/Ruby (not yet decided) along with the good ol’ Lucene and Simpy.