del.icio.us & community

I wrote about my problems with bookmark files and my need to put them on the network here.... I have had some feedback that I shouldn't take people's knowledge about stuff like del.icio.us for granted.

My colleague, Bryan Donovan, blogged about del.icio.us here..., so pop across and look at that article. Danny Malks has also written about it here... & check out the picture below.

My Delicious feed & tags

http://del.icio.us is a bookmarks on the web feature. Firstly, it allows individuals to place their links on the web online. It also offers the opportunity to tag those bookmarks and as you can see it allows you to use the tags as keywords to find the bookmarks. The picture aside shows that I have filtered on the tag BG2 (its in red) and aligned/associated tags are shown in green and in the related tags bit. The size and weight of the tag is also relevant.

The site also keeps track of who and how many others have bookmarked the link and how they tag it.This is what makes it a community or social site.

An important, possibly most important community feature is that it creates an rss feed. Your links are organised in date order and others can see what you've posted in date order by subscribing to feeds on the basis of either your name or tags. So my Technology or BG2 links are available as an RSS stream. Each page has the RSS feed advertised at the bottom of the page. An aggregation of the blogs, pictures (from flickr) and links from del.icio.us is created at technorati as a technorati tag, although the tag doesn't seem to exist unless a blog article is tagged.

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