As I have mentioned several times, I love to learn. And one of the best ways to learn is from the experts, insiders, and big brains on the net. The wealth of information out there is astounding…and, let’s face it, overwhelming.
Let’s see if this sounds familiar? You are happily googling away looking for a new recipe for your upcoming Fourth of July cookout. You find a yummy-sounding bbq rib recipe so you bookmark it. The site had a link to a refreshing drink recipe that sounds promising so you click through to another site. This site also has July 4th decoration ideas. Which links you to another site that sells decorations. Which reminds you…”Oh no!”…your son’s birthday party is next month and you haven’t started planning. So now you start looking at party theme ideas. More bookmarks. You also need to buy him a present so you start looking at toys. Bookmark, bookmark, bookmark…
Now if you are really organized (which I am), you may have separate folders organizing your bookmarks (which I do), but chances are you are going to find a site you want to note that doesn’t fall into a category (happens all the time to me). And chances are this will happen again and again until your list is a random hodgepodge of bookmarks (yep…I’m guilty).
This is where Delicious comes in. Delicious is a social bookmarking tool that stores your bookmarks online. So why not just use your preferred browser’s bookmarking process? Here are just a few reasons why:
- Lets you tag every site you bookmark. (Click on the image above and you’ll see how it’s set up) So, you can put the site you found that refreshing drink under “recipes” and “decorations” and “holidays”. You make up your own tags, but you’ll want to take a look at what others are using because…
- You can search what other people are bookmarking. This is where the whole “social” part comes in. You have access to what other people have found worthy of bookmarking. This could save you time and the frustration of finding just the right link. (You can make certain bookmarks private so no one knows you are a fan of Jersey Shore.)
- You can subscribe to certain tags. If you find yourself searching for the same thing on a continuing basis or want to keep up-to-date on a certain topic, you will be given a list of links other people have bookmarked with that specific tag.
- It’s all online so you don’t have to be on a particular computer using a particular browser to access your bookmarks.
So, what are your thoughts? If you use Delicious, let me know and we’ll start sharing!
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