wither delicious?

December 17, 2010

By now, most Delicious users have read the bad news.

The social bookmarking tool most loved by libraries hangs on a thread.

I’ve exported all 1818 of my bookmarks into an HTML file.  I can import my bookmarks into Safari.  I can upload my HTML file to the cloud, and access it at any time.  I can share my links via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.   I’ve cURLed by bookmarks into an XML file. So what have I lost? Anyone that’s used Delicious knows that Facebook and Twitter can’t replace it.  There is no substitute.

Yes, I’ve tried CiteULike, the now defunct Mag.noliaStumbleUpon, and Zotero. Somehow I always ended up back in Delicious.

Delicious brought social tagging and serendipitous search to the forefront of the web 2.0 movement. It’s the first tool most of us started using in our introduction to web 2.0 courses for a reason.  Remember the joy you felt when searching the collective knowledge of a particular tag, only to find something else, all the more exciting and worthwhile?  That’s gone folks.  Bye, bye Delicious. It was good while it lasted.

links for 2009-01-08

January 9, 2009

links for 2008-12-07

December 8, 2008

  • Simply Del.icio.us
    Presentation by Carol Cooke, University of Manitoba Libraries for the Prairie Partnerships Conference, Regina, SK May 2008 which includes various links and resources for using Delicious and social bookmarking in libraries.

  • Social bookmarking website by Leanna Jantzi, a student at the University of B.C.’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Purpose of the blog is “to explore and evaluate the use of a Web 2.0 tool in specific libraries.” Explores various social bookmarking tools including Delicious, Connotea, LibWorm and PennTags.

links for 2008-11-02

November 3, 2008

  • “Feedity is a revolutionary service that generates RSS web feeds for web pages without a web syndication format. With Feedity you can create an RSS feed for any webpage. Feedity allows feed subscribers, webmasters, organizations, and developers to seamlessly interact with web content.

    Feedity will take virtually any web page, and convert it into a fully formed RSS document.”
    ~ a bit quirky, but worth a look.

  • Forrester’s new report on RSS adoption declares: “consumers still don’t understand this really simple technology”. From the Executive Summary: “Nearly half of interactive marketers use RSS, but consumer adoption has only reached 11%. Of the consumers who haven’t adopted RSS, most don’t understand how RSS is relevant to their lives and the way they seek information. If marketers expect to reach a critical mass of consumers by using content syndication, then they must take on the burden of education. “
    (tags: RSS)

links for 2008-09-30

October 1, 2008

  • Text a Librarian is an easy to use text messaging solution that enables students/members and reference desk librarians to communicate through online “Questionariums.”
    (tags: IM librarians)