Image via CrunchBaseDelicious was a really cool tool. Honestly, it was pre-yahoo. After yahoo bought them a scrappy little group of innovators headed by Maggie Tsai created Diigo. When they hand wrote a classroom console that let us take kids in under 13 and gave us more privacy features than we could imagine because of a request at ISTE — I was hooked.
Delicious is dead
Twitter is full of discussions with many commenting how they never use social bookmarking. Let me tell you how I use it.
My Top 5 Uses for Social Bookmarking
- To send bookmarks to the classes and projects I work with.
By using “standard” tags we can scrape the RSS and pull the best bookmarks by topic to feed to our students and my students as they research. I learned this from Alan Levine with their Horizon Project but it is so useful.
- To send you links on this blog
Everything I tag “education” goes into my daily spotlight. I’m sending to students AND blogging at the same time!
- To create a self-vetted searchable database
When I’m writing my book I sometimes search the web but I start with searching my own bookmarks. If I’ve bookmarked and written my comments then it is self-vetted even if the dusty neuron that it was implanted upon has long disintegrated it is there in my bookmarks! You might wonder who you can trust on the Internet – if you cannot trust yourself who can you trust!
- To create lists to share.
On diigo, I can make lists and convert them to webslides that people can embed and I can put on presentations. Webslides are some of the coolest tools on Diigo.
- To share with Groups of People
The educators group is hugely useful way to share
These may be different from how many people use bookmarking, but then again, Diigo is a very different bookmarking tool. Maybe they are what Delicious would have been if they had stayed owned by a small group of people.
Anyway — although the Gawker incident may have caused me pain, this one doesn’t. Goodbye delicious, I barely knew ye.
- How To Import Delicious Bookmarks Into Xmarks, Diigo, Chrome, Firefox or IE (techie-buzz.com)
- Delicious Shutting Down: How To Save Your Bookmarks (techcocktail.com)
- How To Export Delicious Bookmarks and Tags (techie-buzz.com)
- 5 Solid Alternatives to Del.icio.us (thenextweb.com)
- R.I.P. Delicious: You Were So Beautiful to Me (readwriteweb.com)
- Yahoo Starts to Hack Off Some Dead Limbs (gigaom.com)
- Saying Goodbye to Delicious, MyBlogLog, AltaVista, and Larry King (lorelle.wordpress.com)
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