[Delicious news -12/17/2010 – Yesterday rumors began to surface that Delicious owner,Yahoo!, was closing down this popular bookmarking site. Yahoo! finally release an explanation today as documented here. I will update as I get more information.]
We have all been bookmarking interesting websites in our browsers since we first discovered the Internet. There is always that URL you just know you will have to revisit or share in the future. As we poke our heads into the Cloud, we find online bookmarking platforms, like Google, that allow us to access our stuff wherever we are, plus share information in a public forum. The good folks at Common Craft explain the social bookmarking concept and introduce the best of all social bookmarking sites – Delicious:
Delicious offers benefits beyond online bookmarking with a useful social element that allows for tagging, commenting, indexing, archiving, and very simple sharing. we will just look at the basics. The easiest use of the site is through browser plug-ins like Share This or Google Chrome’s share button, or a bookmarklet from the Delicious site. When you find a website or blog post you want to bookmark, just click the button or link to activate Delicious:
You can add tags, and a description. The tags (keywords) you enter will help you find the articles later and share your public bookmarks with others. The URL structure looks like http://delicious.com/USERNAME/TAG, so you can share a link that that would take your reader to a list of the articles you have found on a certain subject. Here’s a real life example from my Delicious – http://delicious.com/joespake/realestate will take you to articles I have saved (bookmarked, clipped) about real estate. I can also generate an RSS feed for those articles which anyone can subscribe to to follow my recent updates.
Delicious is a useful tool at all levels – from saving your personal bookmarks, accessible from any computer, to more advanced curation, sharing and RSS feeds.
- How to Use to Delicious: The King of Social Bookmarking (socialmediaexaminer.com)
- Does Anyone Bookmark Anymore? (e1evation.com)
- Social Bookmarking (twowritingteachers.wordpress.com)