The “Share” button
Some time ago we made a subtle, but important change to our Web site. We’ve made it easier for you to share content on our Web site with your friends on the Internet.
Studies show Web users are moving away from sharing content by e-mail and now turning to other social networking tools.
On many of our pages, you’ll notice a menu item called “Share”. If you put your mouse over it, a separate menu will pop up:
If you’re not familiar with any of the services listed in the “Share” menu, try some out.
Here’s a quick guide to the ones I listed above:
Delicious: Delicious is a way to bookmark, or save, Web pages you find interesting. Think of it as bookmarks saved on the Internet. The benefits are 1) your bookmarks are available anywhere you can get on the Internet, 2) your friends can see what you’re bookmarking (if you want them to), and 3) tags. Tags are a way to keep your bookmarks organized. Instead of having a long list of bookmarks saved in your Internet browser, you can use tags to more efficiently find what you’re looking for. As an example, I like to find recipes on the Internet. Say I find a great waffle recipe. I save it in Delicious with tags like “breakfast”, “waffle”, “recipe”, “food”. The next time I want to find that recipe, if I type in any of those tags, it will bring up the link to that recipe. I find it much easier than managing bookmarks in my browser.
Facebook: Facebook is a place to share your life with your friends. Some share more than others, but part of that is sharing your favorite links to content on the Internet.
Digg: Digg acts like an Internet content ranking service where people can vote on whether they like (“Digg”) the content their looking at. If enough people “Digg” a page on the Internet, it rises up the rankings and gets more attention. It’s a way for the masses to highlight the content it likes and for you to share the content you like.
If you’ve never used this “Share” feature before, try it out. It’s an easy way to share with others things you find interesting.