I read a lot of content every day. When I read something I want to come back to later, I don’t simply bookmark it. I use a social bookmarking site called delicious.
Bookmarking via the traditional way has several disadvantages:
- I’m forced to use one category or folder (if I use them at all), or create multiple copies of a bookmark into multiple folders
- The bookmarks I make on one computer are not available on another
- I don’t have any benefit of learning what others tag and share, and others cannot benefit from me.
Instead, I use delicious. delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. I use a small browser plug-in (one for Google Chrome, one for Firefox) that lets me add bookmarked websites to my delicious account with tags. I can pick my own tags, or pick from the ones that are already suggested and have become popular – a folksonomy. The usability is even better with Firefox – a slide-out vertical pane lets me scan my tags from within the same browser window. Instead of searching the net new each time, I can instead search a curated group of sites from others.
This way, I can tag sites with multiple meanings, thoughts, and follow-ups. I can make my tags public or private. I can access them from any Internet-connected computer. And I can look in the delicious network for others with similar interests.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. Head on over to Alan Belniak’s delicious page and see what I’ve been bookmarking. According to the data, some top tag categories for me include social media, Twitter, Facebook, marketing, statistics, and tools. You can even search on a compound tag, like Twitter tools. I also like augmented reality, infographics, and a few other things. Enter a tag at the top of the page to see some of the content I bookmark, and hopefully you’ll find something new.
Are you a delicious user? What do you like about it? If not, how do you bookmark your sites?
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