Bookmarking Services: Delicious, Mento, Twine

When I first began blogging I used Delicious for bookmarking. Then I received two invitations. One was to join  Mento (Beta) and the other was to join Twine (Beta).

I’m currently finding that I prefer Mento to the other bookmarking sites. However, I’m interested in hearing some feedback from readers with regard to how many bookmarking services they have tried, which one they are currently using, and why that is.

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Delicious

Delicious is a Social Bookmarking service, which means you can save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what other people are bookmarking. It also means that we can show you the most popular bookmarks being saved right now across many areas of interest. In addition, our search and tagging tools help you keep track of your entire bookmark collection and find tasty new bookmarks from people like you.

Delicious uses tags. Tags are simply words you use to describe a bookmark. Unlike folders, you make up tags when you need them and you can use as many as you like. This means, for example, that all of the bookmarks you tag with funny and video will automatically be placed in the “funny” collection and the “video” collection. Since tags work the same way for everyone, you can also check out other people’s  “funny” or “video” bookmarks. You can even combine tags to see bookmarks with funny and video.

If your friends use Delicious, you can exchange bookmarks with them via our Inbox feature. If you’re totally into what they’re bookmarking (or just curious) you can add them to your Network too and watch their stream of new bookmarks flow past as they save them.

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Mento

Mento provides a package of services for saving links so that you’ll find them again.  Mento is for sharing links with friends:  Smarter than email overload, more permanent than IM, and always just one click away.

Mento is a button for your browser and a place for saving your shared links. Send links to any email address, Facebook friends and Twitter contacts, and use groups and tags for exchanging links with more people. Mento works best with Firefox and certainly supports Safari and Internet Explorer, too. Find friends and extend Mento by adding services you already use. Mento works with Facebook,  FriendFeed,  Tumblr,  Twitter,  del.icio.us,  Ma.gnolia, and more services are being added. You can automatically publish your links with the services you already use so that even more friends will see and interact with them.

Mento tells you when friends clicked on your links and gave you feedback and only you can see the clicks on your links; and only your friends can see when you clicked theirs. That means: No one can see that you clicked a link except for your friend who posted it.

You can add screenshots to the links you’re sharing and also share videos and images from YouTube, Flickr and many other sites. Adding screenshots on Mento works with Firefox on Windows or Mac.

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Twine

A new way to collect content and connect with people who share your interests. Use Twine to track, find, and share what interests you. Twine ties it all together by topic, so you can have it in one place. To get started, find a twine of your interest through search or explore.

Twine provides:  interaction, organization, connection and recommendations based on user created tagging (twines).

Discussion questions:
How many bookmarking sites have you tried?
Which bookmarking site(s) are you using and why?

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29 thoughts on “Bookmarking Services: Delicious, Mento, Twine

  1. I was very happy with Google Bookmarks until they stopped working. They conflict with Google Toolbar. Strange but true. Now I’m looking for something like them. I really’ do not want a bookmark sidebar or a bookmark toolbar. Delicious gives you both.

    Can I find a simple dropdown menu somewhere? Similar to Google’s? Help would be very much appreciated…

  2. I have been using Delicious, I like the thing that you can import & export your bookmarks from delicious to other account .
    The other bookmarking sites which I have been using are-

    [http://www.reddit.com]
    [http://www.wirefan.com]
    [http://www.folkd.com]
    [http://www.jumptags.com]
    [http://www.stumbleupon.com]
    [http://www.diigo.com]
    [http://www.bibsonomy.org]
    [http://twitter.com]

  3. Hi timethief, i’m visiting your site now, looks that you make an effort for this site. Your site have a great information to webmaster like me. Gonna stick to come here again.

    • @devilnoangel
      It’s good to hear that you found the posts on my site to be useful and interesting. It’s also good to hear that you plan to come again soon.
      Happy blogging

  4. I love my stumble and my delicious now that I have build up a collection of bookmarks its set as the home page and I use it before google .. I find I get more relevant search results for my needs.. @littlenomads

  5. I can’t manage that much, however I have all accounts like Digg, SU, Delicious because we need to try it (Experiment isn’t it?) and I made my choice by using Stumble Upon, if I like it… I’ll definitely stumble it… :D and just download the bookmark or check out the site…

  6. Hi,
    This is not on-topic, but I notice the “Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS” that you have after your comments, and I would like to put a similar thing on my blog.

    I have the “Notify me of follow-up …” button plug-in which I got from http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/ but I can’t find how to make the RSS comment feed.

    AHGR (all help gratefully received)

    David

    • @QuillCards
      The “Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS” is coded into the template I use and automatically appears. If you want the same thing on your blog then you will have to edit your template and add the apprpriate code snippet into it.

  7. I have used Delicious, Digg, Plurk and a few others. Recently I signed up to this collective called Onlywire where you can submit links to multiple bookmarking sites in one go.

    My favourite for personal use is Delicious. Stumble is good for traffic but only if someone else stumbles your link for you. Too many self-submits and it refuses to work.

  8. hi,

    I’ve been reading your posts for a bit now and have noticed that at the bottom you usually have the small icons for bookmarking the post on delicious, newsvine, stumbleupon, facebook, tailrank, fark, etc. how do you get those small icons at the bottom of every page?

    thanks and have a fabulous day!

  9. Oops I for got to add the Diigo Demo video link sorry about that.

    Diigo, demo Source YouTube,

  10. Hello TT, Great post I’ll have to check out mento,

    I’m currently using Diigo,/Diigo is two services in one
    Diigo is a social bookmarking site like Delicious, but has the
    added twist of annotations were you can share pubicly or
    private. Most Diigo users use Diigo to organize their research
    and share valuable content.

  11. Hi,
    I use Delicious but mostly I bookmark things in the browser (Safari). I have folders for most things and a TEMP folder for things I want to look out and may or may not keep.

    Delicious is good if I tagged the site properly in the first place, but often I don’t know what to tag a site until I am better acquainted with it, like when I couldn’t remember browsershots.org because I didn’t have a use for it when I bookmarked it, just thought it looked good.

    So I’m interested in another approach and Mento sounds interesting.

    • @David
      I have numerous bookmarks in my Firefox bookmarks folders that I have not had the time to input into Mento as yet. Of the three sites that I have “test driven” I much prefer Mento.

  12. I have always used del.icio.us as my bookmarking site, simply because it was one of the first and I liked the idea of sharing my bookmarks which I can access from anywhere.

    Only recently I joined twine. I like the tracking feature and I have found many interesting articles through that.

    I have only heard of Mento. I am definitely giving it a try. Thank you for the reviews.

    • @Jaffer
      I think Mento rocks and I won’t be surprised once it’s no longer BETA if it attracts a very large following very quickly. Drop a PM into my BC shoutbox if you want and invitation.

  13. I have Del.icio.us and SU account and am a frquent user. Although, these days, Twitter is taking most of my time. I find better content there than Stumble Upon.

    • @MrI
      I’m also an active stumbleupon member and although I do have a twitter account up until now I have been using it solely for chatting with friends. When I first got a twitter account I discovered hundreds of internet marketers were following me and could not determine why that was. I decided to protect my tweets and I jettisoned all of the followers whom I did not know. Perhaps one day I’ll un-protect it again but at this point I’m not ready to do that.

  14. I have accounts on Delicious, StumbleUpon and Digg but I use them very rarely. One reason is lack of time and slow internet connection. My Indian friends hardly use any social bookmarking!

    I was unaware of Mento and Twine. Mento sounds promising.

    • @Vikas
      I’m only a little surprised to hear that your friends are not using bookmarking services. I grew accustomed to using my Firefox bookmarks and now I have a huge whack of them to input into Mento. As usual I’m backlogged … lol :)

      If you want a Mento invitation drop a PM into my BC shoutbox. Also I truly think that Nita might like Mento so let her know the next time you drop by that I’ll hold back an invitation for her in case she wants to join.

  15. The only one I ever use is Delicious, and that’s only because it seems to be the most popular (maybe that’s changing). I feel like I learn about “new” social networks or bookmarking services daily, and I hardly have time for them. I guess that’s why you try many services and find the ones you like most.

    I guess that’s what it all boils down to- time. I only wish I had more of it.

  16. Thanks for posting this article. I would give delicious a good go. I heard about that name a few times but never gave a good try

    • @roentarre
      Delicious is okay but if you look at Mento long and hard I think you may prefer it. Mento allows you to add screenshots to the links you’re sharing: select any part of the page and make your links stand out. You can also share share videos and images from YouTube, Flickr and many other sites. Adding screenshots on Mento works with Firefox on Windows or Mac.

      P.S. I forgot to say that I have a limited number of invitations I can issue so if you want one then drop a PM into my shoutbox at BC.

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