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This is the powerpoint presentation I used to train staff in del.icio.us during February of 2008.

This is the powerpoint presentation I used to train staff in del.icio.us during February of 2008.

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  • del.icio.us: it has a flavor Annette Gaskins, HCPL February, 2008
  • Objectives
    • Learn techniques for using del.icio.us on the reference desk:
      • Install del.icio.us buttons
      • Search and browse in del.icio.us
      • Manage your del.icio.us links
      • Network in del.icio.us
  • What is del.icio.us?
    • A place to save your favorite websites.
    • A favorites-sharing tool.
    • A tool that lets you network with other users.
  • Social Bookmarking
    • You may search del.icio.us using terms you associate with a topic to see what others have tagged on that same subject.
    • Others may see any bookmarks you choose to share.
    • Others may “network” with you - they can always have a look at your links (and vice-versa).
  • Getting There
    • http://del.icio.us
  • Set It Up at the Reference Desk
    • My branch’s account name is:
    • __________________
    • Our password is
    • __________________
    • If your branch doesn’t have an account, get one!
    • Keep a copy of this information at the reference desk.
  • Set It Up at the Reference Desk
    • Keep del.icio.us logged in at all of your reference desk computers simultaneously.
    • You will need to log in again after the history is cleared from your browser.
    • Use del.icio.us buttons as you browse.
  • Install del.icio.us buttons
    • http://del.icio.us/help/ or “help” link.
    • Under “bookmarking,” select: “internet explorer buttons.”
    • If you use a different browser at home, select “bookmarklet buttons for any browser.”
  • Exercise 1:
    • Add del.icio.us buttons to your lab workstation’s browser.
  • Using del.icio.us buttons Takes you to the del.icio.us account that you are logged in to, or to the main page of del.icio.us if you are not signed on. Use to save links to web pages that you would like to access later.
  • Exercise 2
    • Find 2-3 websites to save to your del.icio.us account. For each site:
      • Use the “TAG” button to bring up the tagging window.
      • Fill in the form. Be sure to add tags that will help you and others find this link later.
        • If you highlight text at the website, before you click “TAG,” the highlighted text will appear in the “Notes” box! (Great for borrowing descriptive text from a site).
      • Save the form.
  • Public Computer Use
    • If you are not able to install buttons, you may still use del.icio.us!
      • Copy the URL of the site you want to save.
      • Navigate to del.icio.us and log into your acct.
      • Click “post.”
      • Fill in the blanks as usual.
  • Public Computer Use
    • You may access your links from anywhere in the world, as long as you have the Internet available.
  • Account Privacy
    • Links are not private.
    • You have the option to make individual links private (edit – “do not share”).
  • Tagging
    • Explore tags in HCPLLINX
    • (ABG’s del.icio.us account)
  • Browsing Tags
    • If you select a tag from your site (or someone else’s), you will isolate the list of links that carry the chosen tag. You will also be shown a list of tags that are related to the resulting list. This may help you to find other related topics.
  • Browsing Tags
    • Once you have clicked on a tag, you will see a list of links with that tag (in the account you are viewing).
    • Refine browsing through this new list by clicking the “+” symbol next to the second list of tags that appears.
    • Undo your refinement by clicking “remove” next to the tag.
  • Tag Options -1
    • A Tag cloud shows a visual representation of tags – larger and bolder tags were used more frequently.
    • A Tag list displays vertically, and can be configured to display according to frequency of use in descending order, or alphabetically.
    • With the list display, the number of links can be shown.
  • Tag Options -2
    • You can suppress tags that have been used less often (5, 2 or 1 times).
    • Tag Bundles allow you to put your tags in more logical groupings.
    • The tag editing feature lets you rename or delete the tags you have used.
  • Working with Tags
    • Without tags, your del.icio.us page will look like a large list of random sites. Your goal is to AVOID paging through your sites.
    • Don’t be afraid to use lots of tags – remember, your goal is to make your link findable.
    • While you are tagging, give your links good descriptions.
  • Exercise 3
    • Navigate to:
      • http://www.consumersearch.com/
    • Quickly get a feel for what this site does, and collaborate with the group to tag the site (I’ll be the secretary).
    • Fill in the form to save this site.
    • Now try:
      • https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp
  • Searching in del.icio.us
    • You are searching TAGS only.
    • Spaces between tags don’t work – and you don’t need them!
      • Consider using search terms with and without spaces when searching, (homeschooling, home schooling, home_schooling) in case others have done this.
      • Don’t use “ ” either!
  • Results
    • List of links
      • Your favorites
      • Everyone favorites
      • Ads… (somebody has to pay for this)
  • Posting History
    • Lists every user who has saved a particular link.
      • Reverse chronological
      • List or cloud of common tags used
      • List of user descriptions for the link
      • Shows tags the user gave the link
    • If you explore the users, you might find someone who has pre-selected a lot of good links for you!
      • You might want to add that person to your network; they may find some links that are just right for you.
  • Exercise 4:
    • Name your hobby
    • Use the search box in del.icio.us to find links that relate to your hobby
      • For one link you find, note:
        • How many others have saved
        • The common tags shown
    • (If you see a link you like, use the “save this” feature to save in your own account).
  • Networking in del.icio.us
    • When you add users to your “network,” you become their “fan.”
    • If someone has added you to their network, they are your “fan.”
    • If the connection is mutual, you will see a double arrow icon next to their name.
    • Network members can be deleted.
  • Network Privacy
    • Network Privacy is available if you do not want the universe to know who your friends are (your network – network privacy – uncheck “allow other people to look at your network)
  • Exercise 5:
    • Add two people in the class to your network (you will need to ask their user name).
    • Make the connection mutual.
    • Explore how your network page changed.
  • Questions for Exercise 5:
    • Who is in your network, and who are their fans? (just explore, don’t write this down)
    • Look at your neighbor’s links, and save one or two for yourself.
    • Save one of your own links FOR someone in your network. Be sure there are adequate notes about this link so that they won’t have to guess why you saved it.
  • Subscriptions
    • You can subscribe to any del.icio.us user’s links.
      • (settings – people – subscriptions)
    • You can subscribe to just the links that are saved by a user under a particular tab.
  • Exercise 6:
    • Subscribe to IrmBrown
    • Subscribe to IrmBrown/design
  • Bells/Whistles
    • del.ico.us has a few toys that provide code to be added to your blog:
      • Network Badges – identify your del.icio.us name
      • Link rolls – display your most recent del.icio.us links on your blog
      • Tag rolls – display your tag cloud on your blog
      • Daily blog posting “post entries to your blog every day containing your latest del.icio.us links”
  • Can you?
      • Install del.icio.us buttons?
      • Search del.icio.us?
      • Manage your del.icio.us links?
      • Network in del.icio.us?
      • I sure hope you can!
      • akg
    • P.S. How’d it taste? Please let me know by filling out the evaluation form!
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