Friday, July 13, 2007
At last year's Georgia Information Literacy Conference in Savannah one of the presentations I attended was about del.icio.us. I came away really impressed with the website and the possibilities for it to be used in higher education. This is not a social networking site like Facebook or MySpace. Instead it is a social bookmarking site. del.icio.us.com allows you to create a network of people who are interested in similar topics and subjects. You can also import/export your bookmarked websites to del.icio.us from whatever web browser you use. Using this website allows you to access your bookmarked websites from any computer. This allows you to share information with students in an online environment or a classroom setting. If you need to change a site for a presentation or lecture you can do it by accessing your del.icio.us account and finding the website you need. Creating tags for your bookmarked websites help you to share them with others and find similar sites. The site contains a list of topics or tags. The bolder the letters indicates the number of sites tagged under that topic. This site is simple and easy to use and the tagging of sites becomes intuitive once you do it a few times. I would recommend people try del.icio.us because it is great a way to share information and to find information you need with performing a Google search and trying to look through too many results to find the one good site you need for a project or lecture.