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A Three Days Experiment Using Del.icio.us For My Bookmarks

I have 880 bookmarked pages in Firefox. 200 of them are in a folder named rails. I can’t find anything anymore. It is usually faster to google for what I want.  It’s time for summer cleaning. It’s also time to move to delicious: I want my bookmarks available anywhere and I want to use tags.

I signup and install the firefox plugin. It can import your bookmarks. Better, there’s an option to automatically add the most popular tag. Talk about a great way to harness the wisdom of crowds! One problem: it only adds the most popular tag when I want all of them. Tags are useful only when you can put more than one (otherwise you are back to using folders)! I wrote a small ruby script to add all popular tags to my bookmarks using the api (and this to get the most popular tags).

The good

  1. My bookmarks are now online and a bit better organized thanks to tags (ex: I can see all rails plugins related to databases).
  2. When adding new bookmarks, the firefox plugin suggests the most popular tags. That’s very nice as it is not always easy to find good tags.
  3. I can delete all my bookmarks in firefox. I now only keep the bookmark toolbar with links to sites I visit daily and links to online tools such as gmail, google reader, dictionary, etc. It is a breath of fresh air to have it so clean.

The bad

  1. The Firefox plugin is sloooooooooow. It is almost unusable. It is better to search on the delicious site.
  2. A big problem with bookmarks is actually a problem related to the way a lot of websites are built: the title isn’t correctly set. Or if it is set, the title is not very good at telling you what the page is all about. Even with tags, I have to actually open the page to know what it is about.

I’m not entirely sold yet, but I will continue the experiment for a couple of weeks.

Popularity: 9% [?]

 

One Response to A Three Days Experiment Using Del.icio.us For My Bookmarks

  1. JoelMig says:

    I also tried delicious a while ago when a colleague of mine suggested it to me, but I wasn’t satisfied with the way things where classified and no really interested in popular link or stuff…

    I started using iGoogle personalized homepage and found out that they have a Google Bookmark service page (like many other cool stuff they offer). It’s mainly using tags you define, but you can’t have two or more deep level (like folders, one tag into another), which I think delicious don’t have neither.

    Also, there’s a Firefox Addin to manage these bookmarks at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2448.

    Anyway, the principle is there, being able to access and manage our bookmarks from anywhere!

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