4-8: Delicious – Just Like Eating Cherries

Delicious will help you Manage & Tag your bookmarks, & access them from any computer

What is Delicious?

Delicious is a Social Bookmarking service, which means you can save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what other people are bookmarking. These bookmarks are stored online which means they can be accessed anywhere on the web, from any computer. It’s particularly notable for its strong tagging facility, which lets users create their own folksonomies.

(Definition of folksonomy : a system of classification derived from the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content this practice is also known as collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging.)

What is a Bookmark?

A bookmark is a saved link to a Web page that is added to a list of saved links. Bookmarking enables quick access to regularly used sites as well as enabling the saving of interesting sites, for later perusal. Bookmarks are known as ‘favorites’ in the popular Internet Explorer browser while the Firefox browser uses the term ‘bookmarks’. Both these bookmarking tools only save your Web page URLs to the computer/profile in use.

What is a Tag?

A tag is similar to a bookmark, but it allows us to assign a particular description to a Web page. The tag helps describe an item (page) and allows it to be found again quickly. The tag can be used to assign Web pages of similar content so they can be grouped together and found quickly.

Why should I use Delicious?

Because it is wonderful!! Okay, that may be a little over-enthusiastic, but Delicious lets you access all your favourite web sites whenever you have a computer to use. This means that sites you save at work can be accessed at home or even overseas – great if you have planned a holiday and just want to check that information again.

Using Delicious, you’ll also find yourself bookmarking many more things than you would otherwise.  Because it’s so quick and simple both to tag new sites and find them again later, and you don’t have to worry about things like profile space,  you an just keep on adding more and more new bookmarks.

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 across your network. Looking for resources on teaching information literacy? Browse the tag clouds of your colleagues or just other users at large.

Delicious being used at MIT Libraries

Delicious being used at MIT Libraries

To Complete Thing 8
  1. Start a delicious (new window) account.  Note – it may ask you to install a plugin for your browser.  You don’t need to do this, as it should already have been installed for you.  The plugin appears as some extra buttons on internet explorer:
    • Delicious home button – Clicking on this takes you to the Delicious homepage.
    • Delicious bookmakrs – Clicking on this opens your Delicious bookmarks in internet explorer
    • Delicious tagging – Clicking on this allows you to quickly bookmark new sites
  2. Add five bookmarks to delicious and tag them.  There are a few ways to do this:
    • use the delicious tag button Delicious tagging on your toolbar
    • right click in the page and select ‘bookmark this page in delicious
    • in a newspaper article, for instance, scroll down to ‘share this item’ options e.g. at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24611771-12377,00.html – and click on the delicious symbol Delicious home button
    • copy the url of the page you want to save, go to your delicious account, select ‘save a new bookmark’, and paste in the url

All done?  Move on to the second part Thing for this week – LibraryThing!



  1. Maharanistar Said:

    I have signed up with Delicious. This is interesting I can login to this anywhere and seee my favourite links. Although I am naive in using blogs , my colleagues in 23 things wants to read my blog, Ok I will spend more time on blogging

  2. travelbug4eva Said:

    Hi Everyone – after 2 sessions of training, I’m now back using Delicious 🙂 It is just so much better than using Favourites – and I’ve learnt how to “tag bundle” – like using folders but better and easier! Thanks TC for getting me inspired again to use this 23 Thing 🙂

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