Delicious was the first site that introduced me to the social bookmarking phenomenon. There have been many clones since then but social bookmarking has always been Delicious to me.
The concept is simple and genius: you can bookmark any page for further reference, quickly find it when you need it using the combination of tags you associated the story with; moreover, you can access your bookmarks from any computer because they are stored online and share your favorite web pages with anyone.
It sounds so simple and yet so convenient that it is hard to imagine someone not using it! Of course, like any service, it needs some tricks so that anyone can customize it to match his or her specific needs and personality.
Today I am going to share the set of tools that help me make the most of Delicious bookmarks.
Organize and access your bookmarks
1. The improved official Delicious FireFox extension offers the comprehensive collection of tools for easier access and better management of your bookmarks. With it you can:
- Bookmark to your browser and to your Delicious account simultaneously;
- Access your recent bookmarks from the toolbar;
- Bookmark any page with one click on an icon (either in the toolbar or in the status bar);
- Search, organize, sort, access your bookmarks from the sidebar;
- Sort your saved URLs by site, by date, by popularity (most visited), by last visited and alphabetically.
3. Delicer is a Delicious browser. Basically, it’s a desktop application that shows you the list of your tags in the sidebar, the list of your bookmarks for each tag (plus the date when it was saved) and the actual page if you click on a bookmark. The tool also allows you to :
- search through your tags;
- search for the selected tag on Technorati and Youtube;
- read Delicious Filetype (mp3, pdf, etc) and Media (video, audio) feeds.
- synchronize Internet Explorer favorites vs. Delicious.com
4. FavThumbs (no need to login – just give it any Delicious username) visualizes the bookmarks by showing you page thumbshots in a grid or carousel. It will also display the member’s tags in the sidebar for you to narrow the search:
Analyze your Delicious bookmarks
5. Revealicious is a web based tool that helps you better understand your own web preferences by organizing and visualizing your tags. One of its tools – Grouper – organizes your tags into 3 sections based on how often you use them.
Another tool by the same service called SpaceNav visualizes the relations between your tags: by clicking on a tag, you’ll see it represented in a circle and its related tags – in neighboring circles. By hovering over a circle, you’ll be able to see related tags highlighted in the sidebar.
6. Delicioussoup (this one is rather for fun than for enhanced usability) lets you analyze your bookmarks by visualizing tag relations in the form of soup blobs. Once you click on a blob, it will show you related tags / blobs and display its stats. For example, for ‘shopping’ I got: “Shopping: Used 15 times, for 16 posts, has 12 related”
Search Delicious bookmarks
7. Built-in search is the best way to search Delicious by tags. If you need to search for several tags at a time, just type them all in a row without commas. You can also access Delicious search instantly with the search plugin that comes together with the official extension mentioned above.
To make this Delicious toolbox even bigger, why don’t you tell us in the comments what Delicious tools you use?
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