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Thing #14 – Social Bookmarking with Delicious

November 14, 2010

WHAT

Delicious is a social bookmarking website that is used for storing, sharing, and discovering websites in a way that can be accessed anywhere on the web. When you add a website to your Delicious account, you also add tags to describe the website that you just added.

The “social” part of social bookmarking is the way you can share with others and search what they have saved. The “bookmarking” part of social bookmarking is the online equivalent of the favorites list of websites that you manage from the browser on your own computer.

In the past few weeks, we’ve already explored one site—Flickr—that allows users to take advantage of tagging. You may have tagged some of your own photos as part of that Thing or as a part of Thing #13. Searching tags in Flickr or another site that allows tagging lets you find other items with those same tags. Delicious uses tags in somewhat the same way—you use tags that you have used to describe your links to find websites that other users have added to their Delicious account with the same tags.

For a real life example of how you can use social bookmarking: Elise at the wonderfully yummy website Simply Recipes uses Delicious to organize some of her recipes.

WHY

Many users find that the real power of Delicious is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you. You can think of it as peering into another user’s filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user’s filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.

As bookmarks are added and tagged, a folksonomy emerges. Clicking a tag in Delicious shows you all the bookmarks with that tag. And in the same way that using a subject heading can narrow a catalog search, using a folksonomy tag can save you from sorting through 2 million Google hits by showing you what other people have found useful on that topic.

Another benefit to using Delicious is that it makes your bookmarks portable and easily searchable. You can be at home, at work, or even in another state and still have access to your bookmarks.

Many libraries use a social bookmarking tool such as Delicious as a central place to gather and organize information.

HOW

You have two options.

A.

  1. Search for resources in Delicious using tags (or keywords) of your choosing.
  2. Discover some new or interesting resources.

–OR– the more fun option

B.

  1. Open your own Delicious account. (note that Delicious is now part of Yahoo! If you have a Yahoo! account for email or MyYahoo!, log in with that)
  2. Start adding bookmarks that you think would be useful for you to have no matter what computer you were using.
  3. Tag them descriptively.

SHARE

Post a comment on your blog about your Delicious experience. How could you see it fitting into your work and personal life? How could the library use Delicious? If you signed up for Delicious, consider sharing your username in this blog post and by submitting the URL of your new Delicious account using the “Add My Profile” form so that it can be added to the participants page. Name this blog post Thing #14.

STRETCH

Set up a Delicious account for your branch with links to frequently visited websites. Make sure to tag them descriptively! If more than one person at your branch is participating in 23 Things SCPL, work together. Make sure you share your work with your coworkers and watch your collection of bookmarks grow!

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