Delicious is a social bookmarking
system, that is notable, not only for its unusual
web address http://del.icio.us,
but for its unusual approach to content building
that is becoming increasingly popular. In order
to ease the burden of producing consistent stream
of fresh content, publishers are turning to users
to build, categorize and qualify content. While
this is said to be part of the web 2.0 phenomenon,
publishers realize the value of collaboration.
Social bookmarking allows users to qualify content.
With Delicious, each "bookmark" of a specific
webpage is seen as a vote of confidence. The more
people who bookmark a specific webpage, the more
credible the webpage is viewed.
In addition to bookmarking a webpage, users "tag"
the webpage. The tags are simply single word keywords
that relate to the contents of the webpage. The
tagging associates keywords with the webpage's
content, making it easier to categorize and classify
the content of the webpage. If everyone bookmarking
a page uses similar keyword tags, the webpage
will be classified as a credible resource in a
As a webpage receives more and more bookmarks
from different Delicious users, the listing for
the webpage becomes more prominent in the Delicious
listings. Delicious users can bookmark and tag
multiple pages within a website. Content can be
tagged with multiple terms. As more users tag
the content, it becomes easier to find similar
How to Use Delicious:
1. Create a Delicious Account
In order to create a Delicious account, you
will need to provide a valid e-mail address, login
name and password.
2. Verify an Account
An e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address
provided when the Delicious account was created.
You will need to click the link in the e-mail
in order to fully activate the Delicious account.
Login in to the Delicious account in order
to begin bookmarking and tagging content.
4. Post URL
Enter the URL of a webpage or website that
you find to be particularly valuable or useful.
5. Describe & Tag
Enter a descriptive page title and description
that relates to the contents of the bookmarked
webpage. In the final field enter single word
keywords that relate to the webpages content,
these will be the "tags".
Why Use Delicious?
Delicious can be used by professionals to
share industry resources that are particularly
useful. Delicious users store their favorite websites
or resources online and other users can easily
access bookmarks. Often websurfers will use Delicious
to find resources that they consider to be relevant
Delicious also takes advantage of
RSS. RSS feeds can be used to syndicate user bookmarks
or to aggregate content with the same tags. Generating
RSS feeds allows users to syndicate bookmarks
or to aggregate content that contains related
tags. Users can also syndicate bookmarks that
are created by other users using RSS feeds.
Many users generate bookmarks that are all
related as in this case of bookmarks all related
or the RSS feed of the same bookmarks at: http://del.icio.us/rss/rssfeeds
Other user bookmarks don't encompass
a single theme as is the case with the following:
or the RSS feed of the same bookmarks at: http://del.icio.us/rss/oreck
As publishers struggle to create unique
content, they are turning towards web surfers
to qualify and categorize content. As a result
social-bookmarking is becoming more prevalent
as users weigh-in.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net
a wireless text messaging software company.