Task 9: Social Bookmarking with Delicious

Del.icio.us (or, more easily, http://delicious.com), 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.

Watch this video on 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 a link to yourself, or paste it into document for later 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." (Only YOU will see these sites when you are logged into delicious).
  • Let others do the work for you! Add users to your network to automatically track all their sites (displayed on a separate page from your own), or subscribe to a specific tag to see all users' sites saved with that tag (or just a particular user and tag).
  • Display bookmarks as a list or in a cloud, sorted by tag name or frequency of use. (The larger the tag in the cloud, the greater the frequency).
  • Share all your bookmarks with students or colleagues by giving them a single URL for your username (e.g. http://del.icio.us/lotta_scales
  • Share your sites for a particular tag by providing the link for that tag only, (e.g. http://del.icio.us/lotta_scales/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 (i.e. all of a particular user's bookmarks tagged with a specific tag) in your RSS reader, on a blog, wiki or other webpage.
  • Create a special "shared" tag to collect resources along with others for a particular purpose or topic, for example "pi20." If you want to share a site with our group, use "pi20" as a tag along with your other chosen tags. Here is what the RSS feed for the tag looks like, embedded in a wiki page. Imagine how you could leverage this for student research, sharing sites with colleagues, or for the school library!

Five ways of "looking at bookmarks" in delicious:

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

Discovery Exercise

PART 1: Explore Delicious (~30 min)
  1. Go to delicious.
  2. Search for something that interests you. (You can do this more than once). Enter keywords in the search box at the top of the page.
  3. Review the results and begin browsing. Things to notice: additional tags used, number of other people who have tagged the site (blue boxes), usernames of those who have tagged the sites, related tags.
  4. Explore the results by following some of the "delicious" information -- click a tag, a related tag, a username, a pink "saved by X other people" box. HINT: To actually visit a "discovered" site, try right-clicking the link and selecting "open in new tab" or "open in new window". That way, you won't lose your delicious results.
  5. When viewing a particular user's saved sites, explore the tag list on the right side of the page. Switch between cloud and list views. Switch between alpha and frequency order.
  6. Basically, search and browse around, and see what you can figure out about how delicious works and how it may be helpful to you.

HELP Video - (This will give you some idea of what you are looking at when exploring del.icio.us).

PART 2: Get De.icio.us (~5-10 min)
Sign up for a delicious account.

Basic Steps:
Step 1:
Go to Delicious and click "Get Started" or "register"
Step 2: Fill in the form. Pay attention to the password rules.
Step 3: Install the Delicious Extension Buttons (For Firefox or IE), or the Bookmarklets (any browser)
Step 4: Check your email to activate your account (NOTE: You do not need the bookmarklets if you have already added the buttons)

HELP Page - Registering for Delicious (Screenshots included)

Complete the 3 Parts below, then write a blog post sharing your thoughts about delicious and what you learned/noticed in your exploration and initial tagging experiences.. Include any ideas you have for using delicious in your professional practice. Include a link to your delicious links in the post. Please include "Task 9" in the post title.

PART 1: Log into your delicious account and practice adding and tagging 7-10 sites. Give some thought to your choices of tags -- think about all the different ways you would categorize the site -- remember that each tag is a SINGLE KEYWORD. Don't be afraid to use several tags, they don't cost anything. Also give some thought to the Descriptions (site titles -- the "link" you will click) and Notes (site descriptions). Click the "My Delicious" button on your browser toolbar to go to your account and check out the results of your tagging spree.
POWER TIP: Try highlighting a bit of text on a page before clicking the TAG button.

HELP Video - Adding & Tagging Sites in Delicious (4 Ways)

Steps for Tagging a Site in Delicious (for video haters and excited folks):

  1. Go to delicious and log into your account.
  2. Go to a web site of interest (either perform a search, or select a familiar site).
  3. While viewing the site, click the TAG button, or the "post to del.icio.us" bookmarklet. Fill in the notes and tags fields, and edit the description as desired. (If other users have tagged the site, tag suggestions will be provided and you can just click them. After awhile, your own tags will be suggested as well). Separate each tag with a space. Remember that (to a point) "over" tagging is better than "under"tagging.
  4. Click Save. Repeat for several sites.

PART 2: Add the "shared" tag "pi20" to a couple of sites that you would like to share with our group. Click the "My Delicious" button on your browser toolbar to go to your account and check out the results of your tagging spree.

PART 3: Try one or more of the following:

  • Add a subscription. Find a tag that interests you and subscribe to it (click subscriptions). You can refine/narrow a subscription by using a Tag Intersection (multiple tags joined by + e.g. poetry+shakespeare
  • Add someone to your network. You can add amy (avalk), a colleague, anyone you wish. (click "your network"). It's a great way to pool resources and share.
  • Create a Tag Bundle (this is most meaningful when you have a lot of sites) to organize your tags.

Future Stretch
When you are feeling brave, import your existing bookmarks into delicious (log into your account, click settings, then import/upload). Be aware that they will come in unfiled and public -- you will need to tag each and click "do not share" for any that you want to keep private). This may be a good "Summer Break" project.