I didn’t intend for this blog to be quite so adult in its themes, but this was just too funny to pass up. (And I swear, I found it legimitately, searching for social networking resources!)
The porn community, one of the largest online group of content sharers and *ahem* common-interest enthusiasts, have taken up the banner of social bookmarking.
PornCabi.net (yeah, don’t open this at work) describes itself as “a lot like del.icio.us, but it’s strictly for adults, which means if you want an endless stream of constantly updated free porn sites all in one place, sorted by popularity among other users, this is absolutely the best place to be!” Just like del.icio.us, when you find a site that intrigues you, you bookmark it to PornCabi.net, tagging it with the keywords you find relevant. The more tags a site gets, the higher up it goes in the rankings, so that when another user searches for that particular word they’re likely to find what they’re looking for. (Probably more so than through Google, which can be manipulated by creating lots of extraneous links to a site and embedding keywords in it that boost its PageRanking.)
To make this a truly effective knowledge-sharing method, it seems that they even allow their users to form organised subnetworks around a particular topic or shared interest. This is particularly important because I’d bet that one man’s great porn isn’t necessarily also another man’s (or woman’s, to be fair), which means that the popularity rankings are only so useful across the entire population.
Kudos to them for the creative URL. And it’s almost a pity that they couldn’t take “del.icio.us”!
Many thanks to Julie for playing research assistant and filling in some of the details.
[This post deliberately has no pictures. Images of bookmarks were too innocent, and everything else... Well, it's out there already and far more graphic than I'm willing to post in my blog!]