Category "social bookmarking"
Category "social networking"
Category "web 2.0"
May 30, 2008
Social Bookmarking/Cataloging Activity
Social bookmarking and cataloguing include the potential for building communities that share resources and create useful sets of tags around common interests. In this exercise, you will explore a topic of relevance to you to determine what others have found worth bookmarking. To do this, you will use "tags" that represent some salient feature or characteristic of the topic.
- Choose some tags.
- Decide on two or three one-word "tags" or keywords (see notes below) that you would use to describe or classify an area of interest to you. This could be an area of research, teaching, or a hobby. For example, in graduate school, I worked with some optical illusions that showed "anomalous motion"; so I might choose these as my tags: illusions, optical, and movement.
- Note: When creating tags for items you are bookmarking, choose terms that are meaningful to you, so that you can find them easily later. When searching what others have bookmarked, you will want to choose tags that are descriptive and that others are likely to have used.
- Note: If a tag needs more than one word to be meaningful (e.g., University of Minnesota), you could use a common abbreviation (UMN, UofM, etc.), use hyphens (University-of-Minnesota), run the words together
(UniversityOfMinnesota), use periods (University.of.Minnesota), etc.
- Go to http://del.icio.us
- Enter your tags in the search box near the upper right of the screen, and click Search. You can search each tag alone or in combination.
- Note how many "hits" you get for each. Depending on the topic and your choice of tags, you may get many hits or few or none. If you don't get any hits, try some other tags.
- When your search delivers some items (resources), click one of the "Saved by xxx people" links. In the page that opens, you will see several features of del.icio.us. What information can you find here?
- Now click a username. You will see what else that user has saved and the tags s/he has used.
- Skim the list of tags. Are there any tags that might be useful to you? If you and that user have any shared interests, you might find some tags that you hadn't thought of originally. This is how folksonomies develop.
- When you have set up your del.icio.us space, if you find another user who seems to be looking for the same kinds of resources you are, you can add that user to your network, and all of that user's bookmarks will be
available to you when you click Your Network.
- What do you like/dislike about del.icio.us?
- How might you make use of this tool?
Posted by wilco001 at 10:20 AM
| social bookmarking
| social networking
| web 2.0