Sometimes we fail to see things for one simple reason-- we assume it to be following the convention.
So when we bookmark a blog post on Google, with the desire to pull some more traffic; we are least bothered to check what the Google bookmarks are by Defualt--‘public’ pr ‘private’. We know that Delicious bookmarks are by default ‘public’; which we can make private by ticking a checkbox; so we unconsciously assume Google bookmarks to be the same.
But Google bookmarks, are not following the Delicious convention. Google bookmarks are indeed by default ‘PRIVATE’. And cannot be made ‘Public’. Ya there’s no option for doing so in the bookmarks page.
So if you are religiously bookmarking your blog posts without making an extra effort to make the bookmarks ‘public’, then you’re not helping your objective.
So how to make Google bookmarks ‘public’.
To achieve this Google has included the provision of Lists.
Here’s how Google bookmarks can be made ‘public’ via Lists:
Step 1: Bookmark the post. You’ll reach the page showing all of your bookmarks (Look at the top, it’s by default ‘Private’; which can’t be made ‘Public’)
Step 2: Click on ‘Create new List’ link on the left sidebar. Give your list a name, an optional description and create list.
Step 3: Your new list is created and adjacent to the list title, it’s shown ‘private’. Click on ‘private’ and a drop down menu will open. Choose ‘public’. With this you have made your list visible to the world.
Step 4: Return back to your bookmarks. Check the posts that you want to share with the world. Click on the ‘Copy to List’ dropdown box just above the bookmarks. Select the newly created list.
Your selected bookmarks are added to the newly created list and are now visible to the entire world.
So next time you use some bookmarking service, don't assume it to be 'Public' by default.