Beyond “Favorites” Web 2.0, Social Bookmarking, and Del.icio.us Allison Mackley Derry Township School District January 2008
Implications for Teaching and Learning
What is Web 2.0?
Wisdom of the Crowds/Knowledge of the Masses
User-centered (vs. creator centered)
Web-based software (vs. computer-based software)
More than new technologies—a change in attitude
Interactive and engaging
What is Web2.0 - Tim O'Reilly
What has changed?
World Book Online
Google Docs/Zoho Writer
RSS feeds (syndication)
Future Exploration Network
Future Exploration Network
Sometimes searching the web is like finding a needle in a haystack. Social Bookmarking makes the needle easy for us to find. Metadata - Mineur
Managing information by saving bookmarks to a public web site and “tagging” them with keywords
Store bookmarks that you can access on any computer
Add tags that make sense to you
Designate bookmarks as public or private
Search for resources that others have tagged and gain insights from other users to locate information on a topic
Seven Things You Should Know about Social Bookmarking
Where does fit in with social bookmarking?
Why use ?
Access on any computer
Multiple tags for one source
Share sources easily
Import Favorites or Bookmarks
Tag and organize as you surf the Internet
Use on own computer
One folder per bookmark
Search folders and long lists of marked sites
Manually email links to others who must manage them
How Can I Use Social Bookmarking?
View the “ Social Bookmarking ” resources that have been tagged.
Watch the tutorial titled Video: Social Bookmarking in Plain English - Common Craft - Explanations in Plain English
Visit Del.icio.us to get started. Click the “about” link at the bottom of the page for helpful information.
What Are Tags?
Tags are one-word descriptors that you can assign to your bookmarks on del.icio.us to help you organize information.
Tags are similar to keywords, but they are chosen by you.
You can assign as many tags to a bookmark as you like, and rename or delete the tags later.
Be sure you have thought about your tagging scheme. Create common tags for particular assignments/topics or groups of people.
Tagging Tags are created by users and define an object in a way that is meaningful and useful to him or her. An Ongoing Experiment in Social Tagging, Folksonomy, and Museums
How Do I Tag an Article?
When saving or editing a bookmark, there is a field for tags .
In this field, enter as many tags as you would like, each separated by a space.
You may notice lists of tags underneath this form. Popular tags are what other people have used to tag the page, and recommended tags are a combination of tags you have already used and tags that other people have used.
Think about what tags or words will help you remember this page a few years from now? That is a good place to start.
How Do I Import My Favorites?
If you have bookmarks stored in your browser that you would like to upload to del.icio.us, you can choose import/upload in your settings to add them to your account.
This is a convenient way to consolidate bookmarks from multiple computers.
You will be able to access those bookmarks from any computer connected to the Internet.
How Do I Edit or Delete a Bookmark?
After saving an item, you can edit its description, notes, and tags by going to your bookmarks and visiting the "edit" link next to that bookmark's description.
Similarly, if you would like to delete an item, visit the "delete" link next to its description.
How Do I Make Files Public or Private?
Bookmarks saved with your buttons are public by default, but i mported bookmarks are private by default. If you see "not shared" next to a bookmark, that means it is a private bookmark and only you can see it. Note: if you're logged out, you won't be able to see your private bookmarks either.
To change a private bookmark to public (so that everyone else can see it), click the " share " link next to it.
To change a public bookmark to private, first enable private saving in your settings . Then edit your bookmark, check the do not share box, and save it. While saving a new bookmark, you can also check the do not share box to make that bookmark private.
How Do I Share My Tagged Articles?
On del.icio.us, you can share your bookmarks with everyone.
First, you can tell everyone the link to your public bookmarks – for example, mine is http://del.icio.us/allisons21
To share bookmarks in a specific tag , provide a link to http://del.icio.us/allisons21/tag (name the specific tag in place of “tag”)
There are also RSS feeds available for your bookmarks and tags, which anyone can subscribe to.
How Do I Explore Other User’s Bookmarks?
Search a specific tag. For example, to take a look at all the bookmarks saved recently that are tagged with your favorite topic, go to a page like del.icio.us/tag/ semanticweb or del.icio.us/tag/writing .
You can also see relevant items bookmarked by a lot of users by visiting del.icio.us/popular/ semanticweb or del.icio.us/tag/writing .
How Do I Explore Other User’s Bookmarks? (continued)
The del.icio.us search engine may also be helpful to you: it searches users' descriptions, notes, and tags. There's a search box on the top right corner of most pages on del.icio.us - type in your favorite keywords to see what people have bookmarked about them.
Most of the bookmarks on del.icio.us are public, which means you can look at everyone else's bookmarks -- try visiting the usernames associated with bookmarks that you find while browsing. If a person has a lot of interesting bookmarks, you can add them to your network to see more of them in the future.
How Do I Subscribe to a Tag?
Subscriptions allow you to watch all your favorite tags in one place. After you add a tag to your subscriptions, del.icio.us watches for everyone's bookmarks saved with that tag and delivers them to your subscriptions page. It's a tag aggregator, good for watching what people are bookmarking about a favorite topic (or a bunch of them).
You can view your subscriptions by clicking subscriptions at the top of any page of del.icio.us, or by visiting del.icio.us/subscriptions . To add a new subscription, visit the edit link on the right side of the page. Labels, which you can also create on the edit page, are an optional way to group together related tag subscriptions. You can delete an unwanted subscription from the edit page, or by clicking the X next to a subscription on the right side of your subscription list.
After adding a new subscription, bookmarks may not show up on the page immediately - wait a little while, and the right bookmarks should appear. There is no way to delete items from the page, but they disappear after a length of time.
Your tag subscriptions are public, and you can explore other people's subscriptions by visiting del.icio.us/subscriptions/username .
How Do I Form a Network?
Your network connects you to other del.icio.us users: friends, family, coworkers, even new people you run across while exploring del.icio.us. It is a people-aggregator, collecting your favorite users' latest bookmarks in one place for you to view and enjoy.
You can view and manage your network by going to your network at the top of the page, or by visiting del.icio.us/network . Your network is visible to other users by default . If you do not want others to see to whom you are connected, you can make your network private by following the network settings link on your network page.
To add a person to your network, you can type their username into the add box on the right side of your network page, or you can use the add username to your network link in the grey bar at the top of other people's bookmarks pages.
How Do I Receive Bookmarks from Other Users?
The “ Links for You ” link at the top of any page on del.icio.us, becomes bold when you receive a new bookmark from someone. You can also get to “Links for You” by visiting del.icio.us/for .
There is no way to delete items from this page right now.
Your “Links for You” page is not visible to other users.
How Do I Send Bookmarks to Another User?
If the person is already part of your network, you can click that for:username tag provided for you when saving a bookmark , and the bookmark will show up on their “Links for You” page .
You can also type in for:username , and the link will be sent to that person.
Sending a link within del.icio.us can be easier and quicker than email or instant messaging, and your friend or coworker will have a permanent copy of the link that is easy to add to his or her own bookmarks.
When you tag a bookmark with for:username , only you will be able to see that tag, even though the whole bookmark may be public.
Implications for Teaching and Learning
Potential to change how we manage information
Know how to retrieve information using a framework created by and shared with peers and colleagues - an essential information literacy skill
Encourage virtual collaboration
Open possibilities to learn and understand perspectives of others
Simplify distribution of resources among peers and students
Create working bibliographies for units or projects by sharing a common tag
Build lists of resources with students and/or colleagues
Create a network of people with common interests
Analyze the tags that others have used for certain bookmarks
Develop a information management plan for organizing information
Use digital technology to save, organize and view articles rather than printing.