Thing 13 – Discover delicious

Del.icio.us is an online bookmarking manager. It allows you to add bookmarks and share them with others. It’s great if you want access to your bookmarks from multiple locations, eg home and office.

Just like LibraryThing where you can organise your books using tags, del.icio.us allows you to organise your bookmarks with tags any way you want to.

Many users find that the real power of Del.icio.us 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 users’ filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user’s filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.

For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a look at Del.icio.us and learn about this popular bookmarking tool.

Resources

Your Task

  1. View the 8 minute Del.icio.us tutorial to get a good overview of its features.
  2. Take a look around Del.icio.us using the chislib23things account that was created for this exercise. Note: In this account you will find lots of resources that have been highlighted or used throughout the course of the Learning 2.0 program.
  3. Explore the site options and try clicking on a bookmark that has also been bookmarked by a lot of other users. Can you see the comments they added about this bookmark or the tags that they used to categorize this reference?
  4. Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool.

Can you see the potential of this tool for research assistance? Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere?

Optional: If you’re up to the challenge, create a Del.icio.us account for yourself and discover how this useful bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark list. To jump-start your account, try importing the bookmarks from your browser. See the Import bookmarks section of the del.icio.us help pages for details.


Credit: Adapted from the PLCMC Thing posted by HeleneB, under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, and from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR (task written by Andrea Scott), under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. Video from Common Craft.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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One Response to “Thing 13 – Discover delicious”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    Very handy tool to have when needing your bookmarks at home, work and other sites.

    Creating RSS Feeds is the biggest plus for this tool.

    Colin

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