Wes Fryer has a post about a bookmarking tool called PortaPortal. Some folks in my school district have also looked at this tool and I am having a hard time understanding why they find it so interesting. Here you have a tool that does not support RSS, does not even have a bookmarklet for teachers to use to add sites. The process for adding sites is cumbersome, and you can't add any descriptive information about the sites that you are pointing people to. Finally, the site looks like it is stuck in some 1997 web site time warp. I mean, come on, look at those goofy buttons. :-) 200609242147If I'm using a tool for bookmarks to share with my students and staff, I'm going to use something that supports RSS and that I can hook into my browser. For example at Lewis Elementary we use tools such as Furl and del.icio.us (we could very easily use open source bookmarking tools too...) to organize websites that teachers are pointing students to. Because these tools utilize RSS we can easily bake the links/RSS feeds from the various tools into Live Bookmarks in Firefox. We also take advantage of Firefox and GreaseMonkey and have built the del.icio.us tag tool into the browser toolbar to make it easy for teachers to tag the sites they want. Once you have folks using social bookmaking tools that support RSS you have many options in how you share the content. For example we can use the built in aggregator in Drupal (our web site CMS..) to create custom teacher and content specific pages based on RSS feeds of individual tags. Until PortaPortal takes advantage of RSS I can't see much use for it.