Posted by Neil Crosby on May 21, 2005 09:58 AM
I implemented this on workingwith.me.uk quite some time ago, but since the idea is being picked up by other people now, I thought that I’d remind you all about it.
At the top right hand corner of every page on this site is a link entitled “del.icio.us this!”. If you click on it, you’re taken to a page where you can tag that page on del.icio.us, a social bookmarks manager that allows you to use your bookmarks from any computer in the world.
The reasons that you might tag a page in del.icio.us are fourfold:
- Tagging a page means that you’ll be able to easily find it again in the future wherever you happen to be that has an internet connection. This is a good thing if you find yourself working at multiple computers a lot.
- If you have a large collection of bookmarks it can become difficult to find individual links sometimes. With a tagged system you can tag any individual page with as many terms as you like, allowing you to easily drill through them to find what you want. So, del.icio.us is a good system if you find yourself bookmarking lots of pages, or wishing you could remember where you saw that fantastic page you read a couple of weeks ago.
- As well as helping you to re-find the pages which you’ve already tagged, del.icio.us is also great for other users. Any pages which are tagged end up being linked on the del.icio.us homepage, where other visitors can see and click on them. Hence, by tagging a page on del.icio.us you are both helping yourself and other people.
- Finally, you tagging my pages helps me! By tagging my pages with terms which you feel are relevant I get to see what sort of words I should really be using in my posts and articles to describe things.
So, as you can see, tagging pages on del.icio.us is a win-win-win situation for you, other del.icio.us users, and the tagged page’s author.
If you’re already a del.icio.us user, all you need to do is click on the “del.icio.us this!” links at the top right of my pages.
If you’re not a del.icio.us user yet then quickly register first. It only takes two seconds, and you’re not going to get spammed by anyone - all you need to give is a username and password.
So, give del.icio.us a try - hopefully you’ll find it just as useful as I do!