Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Thing 13: Tagging, folksomonies & social bookmarking in Del.icio.us

Tagging is an open and informal method of categorizing that allows users to associate keywords with online content (webpages, pictures & posts). Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines (i.e.Library of Congress subject headings), tagging is completely unstructured and freeform, allowing users to create connections between data anyway they want.

In the past few weeks, we’ve already explored a few sites – Flicker and LibraryThing to name two --that allow users to take advantage of tagging. Many even used a common tag (L2LCPL) to create an association between photos that we individually uploaded. This week, in addition to exploring Technorati tagging, we want to also take at popular social bookmarking site called Del.icio.us (typed in as http://del.icio.us).

Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking manager which allows you to bookmark a web page and add tags to categorize your bookmarks.

Many users find that the real power of Del.icio.us is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you. You can think of it as peering into another users’ filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user's filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.

For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a look at Del.icio.us and learn about this popular bookmarking tool.

Discovery Resources:

Discovery Exercise:

  1. View the 12 minute Del.icio.us tutorial to get a good overview of its features.
  2. Take a look around Del.icio.us using the L2LCPL account that was created for this exercise. Note: In this account you will find lots of resources that have been highlighted or used throughout the course of the Learning 2.0 program.
  3. Explore the site options and try clicking on a bookmark that has also been bookmarked by a lot of other users. Can you see the comments they added about this bookmark or the tags that they used to categorize this reference?
  4. Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool. Can you see the potential of this tool for research assistance? Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere?

OPTIONAL: If you’re up to the challenge, create a Del.icio.us account for yourself and discover how this useful bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark list. You might even want to explore Del.icio.us’ latest addition, a network badge.

Note: If you do setup a Del.icio.us account, here’s a quick word about the Del.icio.us Buttons. DO NOT INSTALL THE BUTTONS ON LCPL COMPUTERS!!! You can skip this step by scolling to the top of the webpage and clicking on the link to your favorites or post .

3 comments:

Zoedoodle said...

I've read about most of the things we're doing in LCPL 2.0, but never found the time to investigate them, or didn't understand them well enough to see how they applied to me. So thank you Doug, Stephanie, Cindy, and everyone else involved for giving us this opportunity.

(begin rant here)So when is DIT going to get with the program? We can't always fully explore the possibilities of these technologies on LCPL equipment. For example, the completely harmless del.icio.us buttons are forbidden. Good gravy.(end of rant)

Bamagirl said...

I agree... this is ridiculous! I also found John's LCPL toolbar extremely useful, but was instructed to remove it on our PC's at work after we had had it up for only a few days. I realize they have to draw the line somewhere, but get real!!

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