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Web site: http://delicious.com

Date of first review/ name of reviewer: 8/12/08 [Tyler Manolovitz]

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Produced by: Yahoo!

Cost: Free

Description: "Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source."

Platform: web-based

Maturity: Mature (launched in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005)

 

Features:

  • Attach personalized tags to any bookmark

  • Add notes about any bookmarked page

  • Retrieve bookmarks from any computer with any browser

  • Share bookmarks and network with other users

  • Subscribe to tags and users you find interesting
  • Easily import bookmarks from different browsers and other social-bookmarking sites
  • See the most popular bookmarks for a tag
  • Well-developed search capabilities and simple easy bookmark retrieval 
  • Offers suggestions for tagging based on a wide user-base

 

Advantages:

  • A very convenient and simple way to store bookmarks.  It is much more efficient and powerful than traditional browser-based bookmarking
  • Easily discover web pages and interesting content  by see the most popular bookmarks for any given tag 

 

Disadvantages:

  • Does not allow highlighting or sticky-notes like Diigo
  • There is a small learning curve and new icons to learn

 

Tips:

  • If the default title assigned to a bookmark (derived from the title of the web page) is vague, change it.  Otherwise you'll have a hard time finding that bookmark later.

  • Tag wisely and take advantage of the suggested tags. 

 

Tutorials:

  • The Common Craft video: "Social Bookmarking in Plain English"

 

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