Friday, April 14, 2006

More on social bookmarking

Hi, everyone. I have an extensive del.icio.us site and find it very useful, from a number of standpoints.

1) It allows me to collect articles and sites that I want to get back to but I don't have time to delve into at that moment. So, when I get notices on email about different things, I use this site as a way of bookmarking useful content and clearing out my email.

2) Using tags (in library terms these work just like subject headings) allows me to find these sites and articles again - which gets very important when you have collected as many bookmarks as I have - currently at page 25 or 26.

3) The folksonomy part of it is fascinating - you can get linked into other people's sites by the fact that they've bookmarked it. It's fascinating to go to someone else's site and see what else they've bookmarked. It's very easy to get sucked into this alternate reality, though and, before you know it, you've lost a half hour just following other people's links.

4) This site is available round the world - it's a great way to be able to find your stuff from wherevere you are. You can log into an internet cafe anywhere in the world and have your own personal bookmarks back again.

There are two things I don't like about del.icio.us:

1) I'd like to be able to rearrange my bookmarks so that ones I considered more important could always be at the top, rather than being stuck with the latest post always appearing at the top.

2) I'd like a way to contact some of these other people. I spent some time one day trying to find a way to make a connection and I didn't find a way. That lessens the value of this from a folksonomy point of view, in my opinion. What's the point of discovering a community and then not being able to make any contact with the other members of it? (If anyone else has figured this out, please let me know)

If you want to know more about folksonomies, check out the entry in the Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folksonomy

Carol Hixson

2 Comments:

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for this comment, which I've found extremely helpful. I can see the advantage of this site.

I guess what I need to do now is get on the site and learn how to use it.

Lisa Ede
OSU

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger S. Clark said...

The prospect of organizing links (my "Bookmarks" are an insane mess) seems really seductive. In fact, the seduction of following up on links--that half hour lost without noticing phenomenon--is just a little scary.

Jim Crosswhite and I were discussing yesterday how hard it is to keep your focus when you are reading online sources, resisting that impulse to follow the tracks on and on into the woods--and yet how important if you want to get your writing done. . .

 

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