Friday, October 22, 2010

Social Bookmarking with Delicious

What is social Bookmarking?

Social bookmarking refers to saving and the organization of Web content, usually website, using “tags”. Instead of saving the link to your Web browser, which is only available on a certain computer, you are saving it to the Web, so that it can be retrieved from any computer. If you're concerned about privacy, you can also make a bookmark private, so it's only viewable by you.

Social Bookmarks use Tags
Users can tag their bookmarked information with meaningful terms. When another user searches, using a term that matches the tag, that information will be listed as a search result. Tagging data makes searching for information faster and more efficient. Social bookmarking is built upon the concepts of a folksonomy. By organizing the information using tags instead of a structured hierarchy, it is easier to find.

Delicious (http://www.delicious) – formerly (http://
The first application of online bookmarking dates back to 1996, but died with the dot-com crash. In 2003 Joshua Schachter started (now called Delicious – Delicious was a prominent pioneer in the area of “tagging” and is credited with coining the term “social bookmarking”. It is considered the "original" social bookmarking site and has had lots of success with its clever domain name (

Delicious started gaining popularity in 2004, and soon other social bookmarking sites such as Furl, Magnolia (, Stumbleupon and Diigo emerged. Delicious was acquired by Yahoo in December 2005, and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

Introduction to Blogging

What is a blog?
The word “blog” is a shortened form of “weblog” which came from “Web Log”. A blog is commonly referred to as an online diary or journal. It is a special type of website that allows anyone to post or “publish” information. Blogs consist of posts or articles that appear in reverse chronological order (newest first). People can usually post a comment in response to a post, which makes blogs interesting and informative.People who write to a blog are referred to as “bloggers”. The word “blog” can also be used as a verb - to blog. The collection of all of the bogs on the Web is referred to as the “blogoshpere.”

How do I recognize a blog?
Most blogs have a similar layout. There will usually be several articles, or posts, on the home page and a sidebar on the right or left side.
You will always see a “RSS” icon

Folksonomies and Tagging

Traditional Organization of Digital Media- Taxonomy - Hierarchical
* Rigid, structured method of organizing and classifying information
* Folders in browser, on computer

Folksonomy - Tagging of Digital Media - Non-Hierarchical
* Information is organized using “tags”
* No categories or constraints

Definition: A folksonomy is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content.

Definition:A tag is a keyword used to add a description or meaning to a piece of information. Tags are labels that allow users to associate information with particular topics.