Delicious is a social bookmarking site that I haven’t used in 4 years or so. I barely remembered that it existed and I honestly found it redundant with built-it list-generators in blogs and other social media platforms. Upon rediscovering the site, I see that there have been some major improvements.
The is a list of the improvements that I noted:
- Tags vs. tag bundles – I can now bundle tags, which is helpful to create a second layer of organization. I created a tag for ‘tri-cities tn fun’, which included the music venues and bars that I like to visit on the weekend. I realized after tagging them that I can create a ‘meta-tag’ (ie a bundle) – so I could have used ‘tri-cities tn fun’ as a bundle and then created sub-categories for music, bars. etc.
- Expanded profile – now Delicious has an area where users can upload pictures and share basic information about themselves. You can now follow other users and get followers.
- API for Facebook/Twitter/Google + – there is now the ability to share lists instantly on these social media platforms. I can follow friends from other social media platforms. There is even a button to grab links that I’ve posted on Twitter and import them! This could come in helpful one day.
- Trending – this function resembles Twitter’s trending box and shows the most frequently ‘pinned’ links
- Discover – based on your professed interests, you can now search for Delicious users and lists similar to your own interests
- Robust phone app – I just downloaded the Delicious app for my Android phone and I find it helpful to use. I can use the send icon on the phone’s web browser to share and tag sites on Delicious.
Overall, I really like the improvements. I think that in an effort to rebrand themselves, the developers at Delicious choose to be something between Pinterest and Twitter. I heard about this site a few years ago, but I rarely hear about it anymore. When I browse the web, I mostly do so on a laptop and use the browser’s bookmarks bar to bookmark things. I imagine I will continue doing this – I still don’t like to browse on my phone. For this reason, I think my use of Delicious will be limited. Still, its a nice tool with some opportunities for use in education, such as creating webliographies on various topics.