Information Competency Gavilan College Spring 2006 Module 25
Del.icio.us As a Resource
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What is Del.icio.us?

Did you ever need to remember a URL that you have bookmarked on your home computer when you are somewhere else... like at school or a friend's computer? Del.icio.us is your answer!

Del.icio.us is similar to your bookmarks or favorites, with two major improvements.

  1. Bookmarks are stored on the Internet so you can get to them from anywhere.
  2. Easy to organize. You decide how to organize and describe your bookmarks using 'tags.'

Definition from Del.icio.us

del.icio.us is a collection of favorites - yours and everyone else's. Use del.icio.us to:

  • Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, restaurant reviews, and more on del.icio.us and access them from any computer on the web.
  • Share favorites with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone's favorite - they've already done the work of finding it. Explore and enjoy.

Example?

 

This screenshot shows the main del.icio.us page with the most recent sites to be added and sites under popular tags. To see this site live, go to http://del.icio.us and look over the new and popular bookmarks.

 

 

This screenshot shows some of the Gavilan College Library Reference Desk links. To see this site live, go to http://del.icio.us/gavref and look over the bookmarks.

del.icio.us screenshot

 

Ways to Use del.icio.us

Main

The primary use of del.icio.us is to create a portable list of your favorites online, so you can access them from anywhere.

Other uses

del.icio.us is an open-ended system. You decide how you want to use it. Here are some examples from del.icio.us:

  • Research - writing an article? Researching an industry? Slaving away on your dissertation? Use del.icio.us to keep track of all your source materials and commentary that you find online.
  • Wishlist - go to any commercial site, find what you like, post it to del.icio.us and tag it as "wishlist". Then just tell people to check it out at http://del.icio.us/username/wishlist.
  • Podcast - want to hear some great podcasts? Visit del.icio.us/tag/system:filetype:mp3+podcast and start listening. del.icio.us also offers RSS feeds that you can import directly into iTunes. Are you a podcaster? Start posting your mp3 files to del.icio.us and we will create an RSS feed for you.
  • Vacation - planning a trip? Post links for hotels, activities, and transportation to del.icio.us and use tags like "travel", "vacation", "tovisit". Collaborate with friends and family by using the "for:username" tag.

 

How to Start?

The first step in using Del.icio.us is to set up your account. Our sample account is Gavref.

For your account: Go to http://www.delicious.com and complete the sign up now portion.



What are Tags?

What are tags?

Tags are one-word descriptors that you can assign to any favorite. Tags can't contain quotation marks or whitespace, but are otherwise unrestricted. You can assign as many tags to a favorite as you like, and rename, delete, add or merge tags together.

Note that the Reference Desk example above includes tags like dictionaries, searchengines, Gavilan, online_classes, reference and many more.

  • To restrict the display to all sites Gavref has tagged as Gavilan, click on Gavilan from the tag list on the right of the screen.

screenshot of tags from gavref del.icio.us account

  • To see what other users have tagged as Gavilan, select all from the list near the top of the page.

 

What are tags good for?

Tagging can be a whole lot easier and more flexible than fitting your information into preconceived categories. If you want to post an article about a little known Greek philosopher, just tag it with "philosophy greece" or whatever other tags you'd want to use to find it again. You don't have to rely on the designer of the system to provide you with category for Greek philosophy. You just make up tags as you need them.

That's great for organizing personal data, but it goes even further when someone else posts related content with the same tags. You begin building a collaborative repository of related information, driven by personal interests and creative organization. For instance, to view everybody's favorites on design, visit del.icio.us/tag/design.


Let's Tag It

There are 2 ways to 'tag' a website.

You can tag the website manually:

  1. Click Post.  Delicious menu
  2. Fill in or or paste in the full url for the website. Post a website for tagging
  3. Click Save.
  4. Fill in a description of the site and the tags you want to use to describe/organize the site. Del.icio.us helps with recommendations from your list of tags and tags others have used for that site.


  5. Click Save.
  6. You have now tagged a website and your My Favorites list will begin to grow.
 

You can tag sites using the Del.icio.us toolbar buttons.

Note: Only do this on a computer if you have edit privileges.

First you need to install the toolbar buttons:
  • click Help in the upper right corner of the sceeendelicious help screencap
  • Select the browser choice for your preferred browser. We'll demo Internet Explorer. del.icio.us help screencap
  • Click on the Install Buttons Now image. Follow the installation wizard.


  • The results will look something like this. Results vary in different browsers.

 

Tag using the toolbar buttons.

  1. Browse to a website you want to remember.
  2. Click on the post to del.icio.us button.
  3. Fill in a description of the site and the tags you want to use to describe/organize the site. Del.icio.us helps with recommendations from your list of tags and tags others have used for that site.


  4. Click Save.
  5. You have now tagged a website and your My Favorites list will begin to grow.

 

Organize Your Tags

Once you have bookmarked several sites, you may want to organize your tags. Del.icio.us offers default methods of organization.

  • You can display the tags as a list or a cloud 
Cloud List

  • You can list the tags in alphabetical order or frequency of use.
Alpha Freq
  • Tags are organized using the Options section located below the tag listing.

 

Exercise


  • Sign up for a del.icio.us account
  • Select some websites
  • Create tags
  • Using your tags find other sites selected and tagged by other users of del.icio.us  -- Did you find a site you liked that you hadn't seen before?

 

If you want credit for this module:

Create a list of bookmarks for your account. Remember: this can include your own pages from your Gavilan hhh account.

Create a tag for one of your classes and apply that tag to bookmarks you would recommend to students in that class.

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Address of this page:
http://gavilan.edu/tlc/ic/delicious.html
For questions or comments, contact Jo Anne Howell at
jhowell@gavilan.edu
Last updated on 08/21/2006

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