This week, in addition to exploring Technorati and LibraryThing tagging, we want to also take at popular social bookmarking site called Del.icio.us (typed in as http://del.icio.us/).
Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking manager which allows you to bookmark a web page add tags to categorize your bookmarks. MRRL uses de.icio.us to manage the Reference Links section of our website, so MRRL has a del.icio.us account that you can use to explore the social networking parts of the site.
Many users find that 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 exercise, you are asked to take a look at Del.icio.us and learn about this popular bookmarking tool.
- Otter Group Del.icio.us tutorial (12 min video) - Highly recommended!!!
- Us.ef.ul: A beginners guide to Del.icio.us
- Several Habits of wildly successful Del.icio.us users
- View the 12 minute Del.icio.us tutorial to get a good overview of its features.
- Take a look around Del.icio.us using the MRRL2 account that was created for this course (notice the links to the sites used in this course!)
- 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 catgorized this reference by?
- 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?