Posts Tagged ‘delicious’

#6 – Setting up a delicious account

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

delicious is a social bookmarking site that lets you save and organize links to web content. It’s a bit like the ‘Bookmarks’ or ‘Favorites’ folders in Firefox or Internet Explorer. Only much better. With delicious ( formerly known as, you never have to remember which computer you saved that link on. So if you’re going from work to home, or use different computers around the library, all of your bookmarks are always available.

Some of the benefits for using social bookmarking are:

• Never be tied to one computer or browser anymore! Store your favourite sites online.
• Find others that have common interests and review the sites they have saved (you may just find a few that interest you that you have missed).
• Organize and discover new sites based on the tags that you and others have chosen to describe sites.


Check out Devon Libraries own delicious account.


Check out the Getting Started section on delicious.

Ready for the #6 Thing? Time to set up your own delicious account!

Set up an account with delicious. But remember to do the following during the registration process!
• pay attention to the password requirements, and check your email inbox to complete the registration.
• download the delicious toolbar widget into your Internet browser when prompted. This is very important!

Once you’ve set up your account, bookmark and tag the 23Things@devon libraries page by using either one of these options:
a) Go to the 23things homepage and then in your browser click on the ‘Tag’ widget you installed when registering. (This is the widget you downloaded in Step 1.)
b) Go to your account on, click on the ‘Save a new bookmark’ link to the top right of the screen and paste in the URL. Click on ‘Next’.

Add a description to your bookmark. Often cutting and pasting a paragraph from the page saved is useful.

Add some tags and click on then ‘Save’ button.

Bookmark at least 10 other websites of your choice to your delicious account. Add descriptions and tags to each one of them. Remember: when adding tags, chocolate_chip_cookies and ChocolateChipCookies are both one tag, while chocolate chip cookies is three tags! So if your tag is a phrase and therefore has more than one word you need to make sure there are no spaces between the words.

Finally:  Create a blog post about your experience of using Delicious.  Reflect on the potential relevance of Web-based, social bookmarking to your personal life, professional life, and for library customers.  Are there any particular safety or privacy issues to consider?

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Social Bookmarking, Tagging and Folksonomies

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment


This week we’re looking at social bookmarking & tagging.

What is social bookmarking?

Social bookmarking enables you to store and share websites, photos and other resources within an online community and is a way to help you stay up-to-date. It enables you to organise and file websites, photos & articles for future reference, and to also browse other’s bookmarks to discover resources they may never have found using a search engine. is a social bookmarking manager which allows you to bookmark a web page and add tags to categorize your bookmarks. Many users find that the real power of 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 user’s filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user’s filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.

A short video clip
Take a look at this clip created by the CommonCraft team .  It explains social bookmarking really well. Plus it’ll give you a break from reading! Please note: You’ll need headphones to listen to it.

What is tagging?

Even if you’re not sure what tagging is, you have probably done it already.
If you’ve ever used a subject heading in the  library catalogue or a descriptor in a database you’re already familiar with tagging.

A tag is just a keyword or term, and tagging is the process of assigning or associating a tag to something.

Tagging is an open and informal method of categorizing that allows users to associate keywords with online content (webpages, pictures & posts). Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines (e.g. Dewey ), tagging is completely unstructured and freeform, allowing users to create connections between data anyway they want.  You choose terms that are meaningful for you, so if “cooking” makes more sense to you than “cookery”, you’re free to use it.

 We usually talk about tagging with online content like websites, digital photos, or blog posts, but the concept is the same as your handwritten notes on the family snapshots.

Tags are therefore used as a means of finding the websites, photos etc. you have stored in your social bookmarking tool such as

Just keep in mind that tags which have two or more words to them need to be joined together so that there are no spaces between the words e.g. chocolate_chip_cookies and ChocolateChipCookies are both one tag, while chocolate chip cookies is three tags.

The art of tagging by folks who are not librarians or catalogers, is called  “folksonomy”.

Folksonomies? What are they?

A folksonomy is like a taxonomy but without all the rules. Unlike taxonomies, folksonomies are created from the bottom up by anyone who wishes to tag an object. It is classification by people – hence folksonomy. Folksonomies grow from the tags that users apply on bookmarking sites like As you add bookmarks to or photos to Flickr, you see the tags that other users have associated with similar items. You might even like some of them and decide to apply the tag to your own bookmarks. lets you see the bookmarks that other users have added and how they are tagged. This open sharing of links is called social bookmarking. As bookmarks are added and tagged, a folksonomy emerges. Just as you might click a subject heading in Galaxy to see what the library has on a particular topic, clicking a tag in shows you all the bookmarks with that tag. And in the same way that using a subject heading can narrow a catalogue search, using a folksonomy tag can save you from sorting through 2 million Google hits by showing you what other people have found useful on that topic.

Clear as mud? Don’t worry, this week’s activities will help you understand what tagging and social bookmarking are.

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