August 20th, 2007
You can find some pretty cool stuff on the tubes. The Internet tubes, that is. Now, if we find something cool or useful on the Internet, we might think to bookmark it, to remember where it is later. This in mind, it would be nice to see what other cool/useful things people are finding online, as well as share what we find. A free service called Delicious, at del.icio.us, which is, in fact, a real web address, allows you to do just that.
After you’ve set up your account, and you have a list of sites you would like to share, you can start sharing by clicking the “post” button. Enter the URL of the site you’re interested in, add a brief description, and make sure to tag your URL. By giving the URL different tags, like Flickr, your opportunities for sharing increase. For example, let’s say you and some classmates are studying Macroeconomics. By finding a link and tagging it as “Macroeconomics,” and running a search for that tag, you’re bound to find other links — and people — who have posted links with the same tag.
Another nifty feature of Delicious is its RSS capabilities, which means you can view a feed of recently-tagged sites in Google Reader, for example.