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Monday, December 17, 2007
 

del.icio.us Redux

Some time back I discussed how the social bookmarking site del.icio.us has proven to be the best way to remember stuff found online. Saving a site is as easy as clicking on a "save to del.icio.us" toolbar link. Up pops a little window with the current website URL and after adding a few tags relevant to the particular content, the address is saved to your del.icio.us account. Finding it again is as easy as connecting to your del.icio.us account and searching for one of the tags.

The beauty of this approach is that all your saved bookmarks are freed from your computer and accessible anywhere you happen to be, along with being fully searchable. A huge additional side-benefit is that sharing "favourite sites" with friends and colleagues is as simple as including their del.icio.us username as a tag. The next time they visit del.icio.us they will see your recommendations and they get the opportunity to add them to their own account. Believe me, this approach is much easier than copying the address to an e-mail, composing a message and sending it out several times each day.

Online data guru Jon Udell shares some insights into why he thinks del.icio.us has (so far) failed to find a broader audience despite its purchase by Yahoo in late 2006.

The Firefox browser has integrated del.icio.us functionality directly into the browser. This allows saved del.icio.us bookmarks to be accessed as easily as if they had been saved as traditional bookmarks. A Facebook addon application allows your "public" bookmarks to automagically be included in your Facebook Profile. Because new additions and updates are reflected as well, you never have to worry about maintaining shared lists.

If you aren't using del.icio.us already, you should consider doing so.

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Hi there. The problem I find with online bookmarks is the ever-changing nature of my interests. So music can lead to memories which lead to places which lead to people and so a whole chain of bookmarks can eveolve. Which is great for me, but unhelpful for others. So sharing or not sharing becomes an issue. So i could easily end up with dozens of bookmark 'categories' and dozens of variations on what is shared with who.

Which is all too complex for my simple, artistic brain.
 
It's a straightforward checkbox to make each bookmark private. Probably the coolest feature is that each "tag" becomes a page of related bookmarks in its own right that you can access very simply. You or others can then "subscribe" to that tag and easily see any updates. I really recommend playing around with del.icio.us to learn its features.
 
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