Tuesday, December 12, 2006

del.icio.us is Just That

del.icio.us is a powerful tool. It is a social bookmarking website that lets one store bookmarks online and thus access the same bookmarks from any computer. With del.icio.us, you use tags to manage bookmarks (sometime called favorites).

The main features include the ability to:
  • Store links to favorite websites and add tags to make them searchable and easy to arrange in groups.
  • Share favorites with friends, family, coworkers, and the del.icio.us community of users.
  • Explore new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone's favorite -- they've already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks about technology, entertainment, useful information, and more. Explore and enjoy.
Once again, this is a Web 2.0 application that uses "tags" to help keep things organized. When you see that "cloud" of your tags, the tag terms that have the greatest frequency appear in larger type. A simple click on any tag shows all of your bookmarks that you have tagged with that term. You can also see all the other bookmarks from all del.icio.us users.

Another interesting feature is the "Tagometer" that lets visitors can click on a "widget" that keeps up with on who bookmarked your Web page, when they did it, and how they tagged it.
I think that groups who are evaluating Web sites or otherwise sharing information about Web sites will really benefit from the network functions in del.icio.us as well.