Saturday, November 17, 2007

How delicious...

del.icio.us is one of those tools I couldn't live without.

In my main (personal/professional) account -- TheLibrarianEdge -- I have over 1800 bookmarks to date, while in the account I recently set up for school -- UWCSEA -- I'm only at a couple of hundred.

I use the school one to collect links for both students and teachers. For instance, on my Grade 3 wiki, there's a page for the current unit of study, Blue Planet, which is about water -- where I have a link to my collection of bookmarks. The distinction between links for students and links for teachers/parents is based on the tags I've assigned. When I find a relevant website, I make "water" one of the tags and if it's particularly good for the students, I make "blueplanet" a tag. That way I can show the kids the "blueplanet" links and the teachers the more complete list tagged "water".

Tag clouds shows the concentration of subjects -- and I've got two bundles of tags on my TheLibrarianEdge account: Social Software and GreenWorld.

Definitely bother to install the buttons to make saving a link just a click away.

How it gets social is via the network feature. In my del.icio.us network, you can see that I watch 19 people's bookmarks. You can also see that I have 40 "fans" -- or people who have added me to their network. Some of the relationships are mutual. And every now and then I check out my fans' bookmarks because I discover new people worth watching.

My network page is, in effect, an inbox of everything that my network has bookmarked recently. So I can watch their activity. This is a wonderful way to spend hours on the internet...

1 comment:

  1. When you have a chance, look at http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/archives/2007/12/online_internat.html
    Stephen Abram lists the top 2.0 Apps for Librarians:
    •1. Google Suite
    •2. Meebo/Chatango
    •3. Wikipedia
    •4. WorldCat.org
    •5. Amazon.com
    •6. Del.icio.us
    •7. Bloglines
    •8. Zotero
    •9. Facebook
    •10. Wordpress
    •11. MediaWiki
    •12. Ning
    •13. Twitter

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