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.

I post my favourite links to delicious, which I share through Friendfeed and other online spaces I haunt.

As a WordPress user it’s easy to bring links into my blog using the Delicious daily blog posting feature.  Starting today, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite links. (Fingers crossed that it works.)

If you want to integrate your delicious links on your own WordPress, Blogger, or Typepad blog, take a look at these instructions and screenshots, or go to the ‘Settings’ link on your Delicious account, and follow the *experimental* instructions.

The libraries using delicious list has been updated with some great links. Thanks to everyone who emailed me, responded via the comment form, and even direct messaged me in Twitter! It’s great to see more libraries using social bookmarking tools such as del.icio.us.

The ALA Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) wiki provides a useful list of links to librarians using delicious to collect government documents.

Alameda County Public Library : ACL20’s bookmarks on deli.cio.us

The New York State – 2008 Summer Reading Program uses delicious for linking to other summer reading program web sites, programming ideas, games and more. Their deli.cio.us links are nicely integrated on the program page using Feed2JS.

Purdue University, Hicks Undergraduate Library : hicks undergraduate library bookmarks on del.icio.us

University Library, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater : uwwedlibrarian’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

Widener Law School Library : WidenerLawLibrary’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

The Library at UCD Dublin has done an amazing job of integrating delicious bookmarks into their Subject Portals Index.

Has your library started using del.icio.us?

Drop me a line via the comment form or direct message me on Twitter, and I’ll be sure to add it to the libraries using delicious list.

It’s time to update the del.icio.us libraries list.

If you have any new additions or recommendations, here’s how you can get in touch with me:

You can also subscribe to the del.icious/libraries tag feed.

I’m in the process of moving this list to a wiki, so stay tuned!