Delicious.com is sweet!

Posted: September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Some readers of this post may be familiar with delicious.com and the ability to connect with others using this social bookmarking site.  If so, you may want to skip this post as the information I am about to share may be somewhat basic for the experienced delicious.com user.

During the eci831 Sept. 20th session, the class was presented with some of the essential web tools that will be used during this course.  I have been working on my blogging skills using Word Press and so far I have been able to put together a relatively basic and functional blog.  With some level of comfort in this, I moved onto the next tool, delicious.com. Why use delicious.com? There has to be a reason why this is an essential course tool for eci831.  I started by watching a few YouTube videos (this video uses the old delicious.com address) and then with a basic understanding, weighed the pros and cons of learning another web-tool. I thought “Why do I need to log onto this site to access bookmarks that I already have saved in my favorites?”  Simply put, delicious.com allows me to access my bookmarks if I am not at my own computer.  Makes sense right?  Yes, but as I activated an account and started exploring the tool, I realized that the benefit for me (and I assume others) is much more than the ability to simply add bookmarks and bundle them.  For me the power and usefulness of delicious.com is the ability to connect and network when exploring the bookmarks of other delicious.com users. It’s a pretty simple process of adding bookmarks and tagging them which allows you to then see how many other delicious.com users have tagged and bookmarked similar sites. For example, I am teaching Social Studies 9 and am currently researching Ancient Mesopotamia.  I found a relevant site, added it to my bookmarks, tagged it “mesopotamia.” That completed, I saw that 122 other delicious.com users have bookmarked this site. I can then check out their bookmarks and any other bookmarks associated with the tag “mesopotamia.” Very quickly, my resource file of any and all things “mesopotamia” grew very rapidly.  The next phase of my learning and use of delicous.com is to determine how to feed this information back to me with (I am assuming) a RSS feed.  I would appreciate any advice on this and welcome all tips and suggestions associated with delicious.com . Tomorrow, my grade 8/9 social class begins using delicious.com and I am sure they will find it as useful and as engaging as I do.  Having said this, I am sure that most of them are already using it and as usual I have now caught up to my students!

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Comments
  1. Great to see that you are learning something new with Delicious!

    So, yes, actually, every single page on Delicious has its own RSS feed. So, for instance, if you were interested in when people tag things as ‘socialstudies’, the URL would look like this: http://www.delicious.com/tag/socialstudies and you could add that URL to your Google Reader. Then, everytime someone tagged a link as ‘socialstudies’ you would have a new item in your Reader. To do it with others, just substitute the word after /tag/ with the search.

    If you are interested in resources that are tagged with at least two tags (like everything that is tagged with math AND science, the URL would be http://www.delicious.com/tag/math+science … so anything under that link (or in that RSS feed) with have to have been tagged with both math AND science.

    Just follow the pattern, and repeat.

    Good luck!

  2. gcyrenne says:

    Thanks for your enthusiasm. I started with delicious this weekend too and need to work on it a bit as I ended up importing all of my bookmarks and that is not what I wanted to do. Now I am going back and cleaning it up. I didn’t realize that it showed how many other people had tagged the same website. I find that information very useful.

  3. mickpanko says:

    I have had a delicious account for some time but, like you, need to figure out how it works as more than a mobile bookmark tool. I have diigo account too and I wonder if they can work together – they seem similar anyway.

    Much to learn…

  4. Sarah says:

    Hey Dean,

    Thanks for the description. I found it helpful to understand the purpose a little better. Guess I better put it on my list of things to do as well…

  5. kreuj says:

    I may have just found the answer to my burning delicious question in your blog post and the responses. If I want to tag my stuff as evidence based practice, I enter it as evidencebasedpractice???

    PS your blog appearance is very appealing – colors, layout, etc. – reflect a very cool and happening dean!

    • Hey kreuj, I think using evidencebasedpractice is a good tag to start with. Perhaps another option could be evidence.based.practice as well? What I am doing with my grade 8/9 social studies students is tagging bookmarks with the usual names (i.e)social, social9, etc. and also adding my name (i.e.) schwebsocial. When the entire class uuses this tag we can all connect with each other as the tag of “schwebsocial” is unique to us and we can connect with each other in the classs which (as I understand) wil connect us with a larger community of similar tags. I’m not sure if this all makes sense?

  6. kjehman says:

    Thanks for this testimonial – I have yet to delve into the world of Delicious.com but have certainly made a goal for this week! By the way – very clever Blog title!!

    • Thanks Kelly, I’m glad to hear you think the blog title was clever. Close friends of mine who are brutally honest with me don’t necessarily share your opinion on my wit and use of language…hahaha…thanks for the comment.

  7. lorenaleibel says:

    Loved your blog post! You have motivated me, I am going to give it a try!

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