Social Bookmarking with Delicious


Introduction


Delicious is a popular social bookmarking site (of which there are dozens) that allows Internet users to store all of their saved websites (a.k.a. "favorites" or "bookmarks") online, so that they are accessible from any Internet-enabled computer. Users can organize their sites using tags (user-defined keywords), and descriptions. The "social" aspect comes from the fact that users' bookmarks and tags are publicly browsable and searchable. Users can also subscribe to others' bookmark collections or to specific tags to create a personal resource network. Delicious tags are an example of a folksonomy, or user-created organizational structure.

Here's Social Bookmarking in Plain English (3:24), from our best friends at CommonCraft:



A Few Delicious Features

  • Import all your existing bookmarks (a.k.a favorites) from your browser with a few clicks.
  • Access (and add to) your bookmarks from any computer! Never lose another link, email links to yourself, or paste into a document for sharing access.
  • Discover great resources saved by millions of delicious users with a keyword search, or by browsing specific tags or individual user collections. Try searching Delicious as an alternative to Google when looking for resources for a particular topic.
  • Mark any bookmark as private by selecting "do not share" when you save it. (Only YOU will see these sites when you are logged into delicious).
  • Let others do the work for you!
    • Add users to your Network (click "Add to my Network") to automatically track all their sites (displayed on a separate page from your own). You can also share/recommend a site to any user who is in your Network (such as a colleague!)
    • Subscribe to a specific tag (go to Tags > My Subscriptions > Add a Subscription) to receive all users' sites saved with that tag (or even narrow your subscription to a specific user and tag).
  • Display your own and others' bookmarks as a list or in a cloud, sorted by tag name or count (frequency of use). The larger a tag appears in the cloud, the more times that tag has been used.
  • Easily share and collect bookmarks with others!
    • Share all your bookmarks with students or colleagues by giving them a single URL for your delicious username
      (e.g. http://delicious.com/lottascales).
    • Share sites for a specific tag (i.e topic) by providing the link for that tag only, (e.g. http:delicious.com/lottascales/digital_storytelling -- where the user is lotta_scales and the tag is digital_storytelling).
    • Subscribe to the RSS feed of a specific user, tag or user/tag combination in your RSS reader, or display the feed results on a blog, wiki or other webpage to share with students or colleagues.

Five ways of "looking at bookmarks" in delicious:

(If you take a moment to look at the structure of each link, it's easy to see how delicious is organized).


A Few "High Profile" Ed Tech Delicious Users
(Not a Representative Sample)