It’s so del.icio.us
So what is del.icio.us, you ask…It’s a social bookmarking website, in other words a way to store your bookmarks online so you can access them from any computer. There are other sites that do the same thing, such as Furl, Backflip, and Ma.gnolia. But for me, del.icio.us has proven to be the most useful. Like Google, del.icio.us sports a very clean, useful interface that doesn’t get in the way of what the site is supposed to do, save bookmarks.
The best thing about social bookmarking are the tags. Tags allow you to organize your bookmark collection. You can even view your bookmark collection in del.icio.us as a cloud, which shows how many bookmarks you have saved with each tag by the relative weight of the tag text. (By the way, since del.icio.us has a public API, many people have created websites that build on del.icio.us and allow you to do even more with your online bookmarks. To see an exhaustive list of del.icio.us tools, click on this link).
Another big reason I like and use del.icio.us so much is the browser buttons, which allow me to tag any web page I visit quickly and efficiently. Like many social websites, del.icio.us supports RSS so that you can subscribe to the bookmaks of a particular user or even a specific tag (I subscribe to the apple tag to get the latest info on anything Apple). You can also subscribe to another user’s collection as well, or use the for: tag followed by the user name of a person you want to share a bookmark with. Those bookmarks will show up in a links for you page on del.icio.us. To learn more about del.icio.us, you can read this website and download the guide.
There are many ways for students to use del.icio.us. It can be used by individual students to organize their online research for papers and other projects. Another possibility is to set up a class account and use it to allow students to create an annotated list of resource websites over the course of a semester.