For wonkie Web types, this blog post may seem like old newswrap (digital, of course), but I'll take my chances. For the rest of us still trying to catch up with instant messaging and the constantly changing world of Internet technology, del.icio.us may very well be a new item on the menu.
Earlier this year, "tag this article" links began to appear on article pages of washingtonpost.com. What this means is that rather than "bookmarking" a url with a Web browser (IE, Firefox, Safari) that appears in difficult to find laundry-list fashion, you "tag" it with del.icio.us. It's Web bookmarking on steroids.
Described on its Web site as a "social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share Web pages from a centralized source," del.icio.us works like this: After setting up a free account, you get a personal page for storing Web bookmarks. There's room to make notes and sort links using classification "tags."
For cooks and kitcheneers, this kind of organizing tool is indispensable. Say you're on a tandoori kick, and you've been gathering all kinds of links to recipes and resources related to your research. Tandoori shrimp stuff can get its own "tags" and so can "clay pots" or "tandoori Indian spices" or anything else you deem relevant. You can build an entire library of tandoori and any other topic combination imaginable.
Del.icio.us also lets you know if other users have also "tagged" the same (or similar) Web pages. What this means is that a list of all del.icio.us users who have tandoori "tags" will appear, as well as access to their collection of bookmarks. You may discover tandoori links that you don't already have, plus have a look at what other tandoori enthusiasts are reading about when not mixing spices.
After "tagging" The Cook's Thesaurus, a Web site I use with regularity, I discovered that 744 other people had also saved this page in their bookmark collections, including their anecdotes that may prove useful for future research. Any of those 744 people would also discover by clicking on my page that in addition to cooking stuff, I've got links for travel, yoga and humanitarian projects.
At this stage, I find the organizational piece more interesting than the "who's in the cooking club, " but I can see the possibilities. My only fear: I'll spend more time at my computer linking to recipes rather than making them.
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Posted by: Ckleiman | August 18, 2006 2:59 PM
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