What is Delicious?
Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) is a popular free social bookmarking site. It’s a place to collect and share the things you like on the web. Unlike conventional bookmarks, Delicious bookmarks can be shared with other people, organized any way you like, and personalized with comments. They also don’t have to be links, but can also be videos, pictures, tweets, blog posts, or articles. There is an emphasis on sharing with the site, as all bookmarks are public by default, although users can choose to make specific bookmarks private.
Check out this video to learn more about building stacks:
What Can Delicious Do For You?
There are many advantages to using Delicious over traditional browser bookmarking.
Use Delicious to:
- Access your favorites from any computer with an Internet connection
- Share bookmarks with friends and colleagues
- Find new and interesting links by browsing other accounts, searching tags, and viewing what’s popular
- Syndicate your bookmarks into an RSS feed that others can subscribe to, or you can post as part of your website
Who is Using Delicious?
All kinds of people are using Delicious in a variety of ways. Here are some examples of how libraries are using Delicious to manage and share bookmarks:
Let’s Give it a Try!
First, go to www.delicious.com and sign up for an account. If you already have bookmarks saved in your browser, you can easily import them into Delicious. If you are able, try adding the bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar so you can easily save links to Delicious or directly into your stacks. Refer to the help section if you get stuck.
Add a bookmark that you find through the use of tags.
Users have the option to tag individual bookmarks with keywords, and this creates a sort of non-hierarchical classification system. It is possible to see all bookmarks with the same tag. For example, if you click on the following link, you will see a page displaying all bookmarks tagged with “library” and listed in order of popularity: http://delicious.com/tag/library This list can be filtered by adding another tag in the box in the top left corner. Try adding an aspect of the library that is more specific to your department, such as reference or eBook. Try to get as specific as you can by adding more than one tag. Explore the results, find something that really interests you, and try bookmarking it to your own account.
“Follow” a user or one of their stacks.
As you browse through stacks and tags, you may find a user who is collecting great stuff, or you may find an interesting stack. To make sure you don’t miss anything new, you can choose to “follow” users or stacks.
If you can’t find anything you want to follow yet, try following a stack I made called Libraries Using Delicious, for practice.
Build a stack around an idea that interests you and share it on your blog.
First, choose a topic to center your stack on. It can be anything, and it can evolve as you go along. Then, making sure you’re logged in, click the Create Stack link in the top right corner. You’ll be asked to choose a name for your stack. Then you’ll be taken to a page to choose a category and write a description. Don’t worry; you can always edit all of this later, or even skip it for now.
Now you are ready to start adding links to your stack! Click on Add Link to paste in links manually, or use the bookmarklet to add as you browse. You can find items using the tag search method that you used in Activity #1. When looking for new bookmarks from within Delicious, you will be able to easily add links using the + symbol. You can then select a stack from the drop-down menu in the new window. Be sure to add personalized comments!
Finally, add a short new post to your blog in which you share the link to your new stack, and reflect on anything else that came up during your experience with Delicious.
Further Exploration (Optional)
- Making Your Library More Delicious is an online presentation by Ellie Dworak, Reference Services Coordinator at Boise State University
- Social Bookmarking and Del.icio.us: A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool is an online presentation by Patricia F. Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Michigan
- ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) has a page for Delicious on their Wiki
- Tags Help Make Public Libraries Del.icio.us: Social Bookmarking and Tagging Boost Participations is an article by Melissa L. Rethlefsen, published in Library Journal
- Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki has a section on Social Bookmarking
Questions? Comments? Leave a comment below or e-mail the author at allisonemackey at gmail.com.
This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2012 (LIBR 281-12). This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Allison Mackey for Bethlehem Public Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.