I am a huge user of del.icio.us (to the point where I keep virtually no links in my browser bookmarks) and as I bookmark more and more links, the problem arises over how best to organise them all and even more importantly, how to find a specific link again in the future. The whole concept of “tagging” is still rather new to me and so I am concerned that once I put a link on my del.icio.us page, it will disappear forever down the deep black hole of the internet. I am currently organising my tags into bundles and so I can see for myself first-hand what a mammoth task it is to keep links and tags in such an order that they can be easily found again.
So today I want to share a free program which I have been using on and off for quite a while now and it has proven to be very useful in finding the links I am looking for. It’s called LocalDeli and it is a small desktop application which directly links to your del.icio.us account and updates itself as you add new links.
After installing, you just enter your del.icio.us username and password in the boxes provided and then click the “update” button in the bottom left-hand corner. Your links all then get pulled up into the box with the title of the link on the left and the tags you gave that link on the right.
Now, when you want to look for a specific link, just drop the search box down (using the little magnifying glass to the right of the search box). You can then filter your search by tag, description or both. Searches are conducted in “real-time” so as you type in the search box, results are filtered down immediately. The more you type in the search box, the more specific results are returned right away. Results are quick and highly accurate.
When you have found the link you’re looking for, just double-click on it and the link will open in your default internet browser.
I want to stress though that LocalDeli does NOT allow you to add links to del.icio.us. All it does is allow you to search the links you already have stored in your account. If you are looking for plug-ins and tools to add links to your del.icio.us account, then head on over to some official tools such as bookmarklets or Firefox users can use the brilliant extension tools. Internet Explorer users can use these tools.
Another great del.icio.us software tool is Fresh Del.icio.us which checks your account to see which links are dead. Despite some pretty silly spelling mistakes on the interface (the inventor’s native language must not be English), this tool has still been very informative as it has told me some links which were now dead and I was subsequently able to clean up my del.icio.us account a little.
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