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A tasty way to collect and share web links

March 8, 2010

I am always finding websites that I want to remember. I could bookmark them in one browser on a particular computer, but I use more than one browser and multiple computers (office, classroom, home, and travel). There would also be too many bookmarks to manage. Luckily, Delicious.com is there to help you save, organize and share website links.

Delicious is nothing new. It launched in September 2003 and Yahoo! acquired it a couple of years later. It was originally called Del.icio.us, but last July it was simplified to Delicious.com. At last count the service had 9.5 million users (six months ago) and 180 million unique bookmarks (a year ago).

Delicious "Edit bookmark" window

You need a Yahoo! account to log into Delicious. After you are in everything you need to add links is on the tools page. The easiest method is the Fireworks add-on, but you can create a Delicious button in any browser. Either way, adding a bookmark is a simple matter of clicking a button and filling in the blanks. A key component is “tagging.” adding descriptive words that you can use later to call up specific bookmarks or group them together.

You can access your Delicious bookmark collection from any browser on any computer. You can also view and add to your links from a smartphone or PDA. This did not prove life-changing in my case. I installed a free Delicious app on my iPod Touch, used it for a while, found it clunky, deleted it, and have not missed it.

Here’s a great tip: make up tags for specific purposes. For the comic creation article, each time I saved a site in Delicious, I included “blogcomic” as one of the tags. As a result, I have a web address that lists all of my comics links: http://delicious.com/cclark2/blogcomic. This is a dynamic system; if I add a new site it will appear the next time someone goes to the address.

For my multimedia class, I use the course designation CAPP30523 as a tag. My students can use the tag as well … but they don’t. I have tagged a great deal of sites for the course, so I usually combine tags when creating a Delicious link. A list of all sites (not just mine) tagged “design” and CAPP30523 is at http://delicious.com/tag/capp30523+design.

These are just plain, everyday URLs, which means you can post them on a website or send them in an email. In Concourse (Blackboard Vista at Notre Dame) go to the Build tab, click “Add content Link” and select Web Link. That’s a lot easier than creating a static web page which you have to manually update every time you add a new link.

Another useful facet of Delicious is the Hotlist of what’s popular. It tends to list sites that are only exciting to geeks, but it’s worth a look. A better place to find trendy websites is Digg. It’s intended for this kind of thing and it has categories like “Lifestyle.” If you would like to visit random interesting sites, nothing beats StumbleUpon – lots of fun!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2012 4:17 pm

    You might like to try Handpick:

    http://handpick.me

    It helps you collect links throughout the day and compiles them into a single email digest that gets sent out once a day (or week).

  2. Gerry permalink
    March 9, 2010 3:24 pm

    Yes, grazr is cool, but I hear you about the ads. An alternative is something like http://feed2js.org/

  3. LT Lab permalink*
    March 9, 2010 2:52 pm

    Great ideas, Gerry! I took a look at Grazr and it’s pretty neat. I’m not sure I like the “stock tips” link, but they have to pay the bills, I guess.
    The Delicious “Browse These Bookmarks” feature is VERY cool! A friend of mine is a big fan of TrackStar; this would be much more flexible.

  4. Gerry permalink
    March 9, 2010 1:58 pm

    Hi Chris:

    Nice posting on Delicious – it’s a tool I have been using for a long time now. A couple more things you might want to try:

    Use the RSS feed from you tag specific urls in delicious to create a widget in Grazr. The Grazr widget can be embeded on a webpage, unless the HTML is stripped out. This will allow you to create a custom and dynamic reading list while letting Grazr and Delicious do most of the work.

    Try out the new Browse These Bookmarks feature – you could provide your students with the link to that page as well.

    Cheers

    Gerry

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