One of the biggest problems with saving bookmarks for web sites/pages that are useful to you is that they end up being shackled to that particular computer. Imagine, for example, that you are doing some research at home that turns up some valuable information. As you need to jet off to work you decide that you will finish off looking at what you collected and will embed it into your assignment during your lunch break. The trouble is that you failed to email the bookmarks to yourself and therefore can’t do anything. When you get home you find that your computer wont start up so you need to restore it. Although you backed up all your important files and documents, this didn’t automatically include your browser bookmarks, unless you were exporting them out of your browser as part of your backup procedure.The above was a really worst case scenario but imagine how inconvenient it is to rely on bookmarks (which become important when you’re doing research) which are tied to one machine. When you are at Kingston, you can’t access the bookmarks you made at home or work, when you are at work you can’t access the ones at home etc.
Social bookmarking tools such as ‘delicious’ are web based and provide a web interface so you can work with your bookmarks wherever you want. You can manage your bookmarks directly from your browser or via the web. We can now see that one of the many benefits of using a social bookmarking system is that it allows centralisation and ease of access to those important bookmarks.
I’m not sure about you but I’m a bit of a hoarder. I like to hoard information as for me it is all useful and all worth its weight in gold (even if I never end up looking at it again). The only problem is that the really useful bits of information become buried within all of those bookmarks and suddenly all those bookmarks I collected make the hunt harder. Generally when it comes to browser based bookmarking there is no really handy mechanism for sorting and filtering your bookmarks quickly and efficiently.
Social bookmarking tools allow you to organise and find your bookmarks in ways that would be cumbersome or impossible in a browser based bookmarking system. With delicious you can add a title and description to a bookmark. You can add your own tags (labels) to your bookmarks to categorise them and delicious even suggests commonly used tags for that particular bookmark. Once you’ve created a bookmark in delicious you are given a wide variety of options for sorting through and finding those bookmarks. The main method for doing this is via the tags that you assigned to your bookmarks. As you select tags to filter your bookmarks you will see bookmarks that contain the chosen tag. As you would normally associate a number of tags with a particular bookmark you would then continue filtering the results as required until you get to what you need.
Have you ever needed to share your bookmarks with colleagues, friends etc? Has this normally involved the painful process of going to your browser, finding the b***dy thing, opening the page, copying the address, opening your email application...?Delicious and other social bookmarking tools provide you with a variety of ways to share your bookmarks in a painless way. You can send a bookmark as an email message with the minimum of fuss. You can also share bookmarks with specific users on delicious and also send bookmarks as tweets from twitter. The simplest way, however is to leave bookmarks that you would generally share as public i.e. don’t mark them as private. All you then need to do is provide your delicious username to a friend/colleague and they just need to visit you by going to www.delicious.com/username to get a list of all your bookmarks which they can sift through via the tags you assigned to your bookmarks.
It’s called ‘social bookmarking’ for a reason, and that means that users bookmarks are generally left as public for other users to discover and share. You can search public bookmarks of other users via the search facility. See what a search of ‘summary care record’ turned up? I bet you’re interested in all this malarkey now eh? Keep in mind that some relevant bookmarks may not have turned up in the results because they may have been tagged as ‘patient care record’ or ‘nhs patient record’ etc. so don’t limit yourself to just one or two searches. Try to think of all the possible relevant keywords that might be appropriate to tag a piece of information and then work with that list.
Benefits of Delicious - Briefly
Delicious<br />how did you ever live without it?<br />
Why do we need it?<br />Problem 1: Take your bookmarks anywhere<br />Problem 2: Organise your bookmarks like you never did<br />Problem 3: Share your bookmarks<br />Search other peoples bookmarks<br />