I’ve been an avid user of Delicious.com for a while, and I love it. Delicious is a free online tool that allows you to bookmark your favorite websites from any computer, and access them from any computer. It also allows you to tag (mark with keywords) those bookmarks, and see what other people are bookmarking with similar tags. It’s a community of interesting and useful links on every subject you can imagine. I don’t use the favorites or bookmarks feature in Internet Explorer or Firefox anymore, because they are stored only on that particular computer. There are numerous applications for such a tool, as well.
But after hearing the recent news that Yahoo! is “sun setting” Delicious (whatever that means), I’ve decided to shop around a bit. I’ve found a few alternatives that are very interesting and feature-rich!
Before we get to that, though, you may want to review the following articles for a better explanation of social bookmarking, and more importantly, how it can be used in education:
- What is Social Bookmarking and Why Should I Use It?
- Exploring the Use of Social Bookmarking Technology in Education: An Analysis of Students’ Experiences using a Course-specific Delicious.com Account
- 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking
Convinced yet? Good! Now which tool should we use? Delicious should still be around for a while, but there are many other options. The one I’ve chosen to try next is Diigo.com. It has a rich set of features, has an app for my smart phone, provides an option for porting over from Delicious, and even offers educational groups for faculty and students!
Have you tried social bookmarking? Will you? Can you see an application for it in your classroom? Share your comments with us below!