07 – Tagging with Delicious

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Social Tagging:
Use Delicious to Manage & Tag Your Bookmarks

Skip straight to the task…

What is delicious?

Delicious is a social bookmarking site that is used for storing, sharing and discovering bookmarks in a form that can be accessed anywhere on the web. It’s particularly notable for its powerful tagging facility which lets users create their own folksonomies.

Why should I use it?

The immediate benefit to using delicious or another social bookmarking site is that it makes your bookmarks portable. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home or at work or even in the same country – you can make use of your bookmarks no matter where you go.

The other big benefit is, like RSS, it helps you keep up to date with minimal effort. Delicious lets you share your bookmarks with others, but it also lets you see what bookmarks are being added by your friends and colleagues, or by people you just think are interesting. You can also subscribe to individual tags, and see what bookmarks are being added to them minute by minute.

That really cool article about the future of libraries? Rather than post it to SOX where it may well get ignored, share it accross your network. Looking for resources on teaching information literacy? Browse the tag clouds of your colleagues or just other users at large.

But don’t just take our word for it:

To Complete Task 6:

  1. Start a delicious (new window) account
  2. If you have firefox, install the delicious plugin. Unfortunately, if you only have Internet Explorer, we can’t install the plugin for the pilot.
  3. Add five bookmarks to delicious and tag them. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not try some of your favourite sites, or perhaps some of the more interesting blog posts you’ve seen through google reader?
  4. Add the two presenters and another participant to your network.
  5. Blog about it


  1. Paisley Red Said:

    HELP! O wise practically perfect programmers, I implore you, HELP! I am super-confused – how do I add the buttons? I tried “add buttons”, which brought up a window asking for administrative permission to run. So I tried “alternative buttons” instead, which instructed me to:
    1. Activate your Bookmarks Toolbar. Go to the View menu, select Toolbars and make sure that “Links” is checked. (done.)
    2. Click the “Add Buttons” link below to install the bookmarklets. – what “add buttons” link below? I cannot see one at all!
    Pretty please if you can offer any tips at all, it would be most appreciated.
    Ta! 🙂

    • clover25 Said:

      Hi Paisley Red, You won’t be able to add the buttons unless Firefox is installed. We were not able to have firefox installed on the work PC’s. So what I do is login to Delicious, then I open another browser and cut and paste the URL’s I want to add into the ‘save bookmark’ icon from Delicious. This method is more time consuming but does work. I hope this answers your question. Ask away if you need any more help.

  2. Paisley Red Said:

    Thank you so very much clover25. That worked perfectly! 😀

    • clover25 Said:

      Oh, I’m so glad. See you at the workshop!

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