Well, this task got a little messy. After completing the Discovery Exercise’s Part 1 (Explore Delicious), I proceeded to Part 2 to sign up for a Delicious account. After repeating the specific steps for installing the Delicious Extension Buttons at least TWO times, the applicable bookmark buttons still weren’t showing up on the command bar. The Delicious toolbar was installed correctly. I stuck with it, reviewed the help videos again, and tried other troubleshooting ideas but was getting a bit frustrated! I am using Internet 7.0 (as opposed to Firefox) and I finally decided to right-click in a blank area of my header where all the toolbars are located. From the drop-down menu, I selected CUSTOMIZE COMMAND BAR. On the next drop-down menu, I selected ADD OR REMOVE COMMANDS. The next pop-up menu allowed me to manually select specific selection(s) from a list of AVAILABLE Toolbar Buttons and ADD them to the list of CURRENT Toolbar Buttons. Since the Delicious, Bookmark, and Tags buttons were each listed among the list of available selections, once I manually added each of them to the list of CURRENT Toolbar Buttons, THEN they showed up in my command bar and I could continue with the task. I’m not sure if any of my peers will experience this extra step or not.
I do see the powerful potential of the Delicious bookmarking concept. My husband and I maintain a vast amount of photos on our hard drive, all of which are categorized by tags as part of the Adobe Photoshop Elements program Version 6.0. Therefore, I could easily relate to the concept that Delicious allows a user to maintain a “database” so-to-speak in which you can categorize favorite websites via tags. Of course, the big perk of Delicious is that the user has the ability to access their Delicious account from any other computer with Internet access.
The RELATED TAGS feature of Delicious is neat because it helps the user to organize and share sites within Delicious, and it allows a user to narrow their search on very broad topics. I like the idea of the RECOMMENDED TAGS as well. The ability to enter relevant keywords as the search criteria for “EVERYONE’S BOOKMARKS”, then subsequently select a single tag to narrow that search is also a powerful feature.
Now — for a couple negative discoveries/concerns: (#1) When adding and tagging new sites for my Delicious account, in some cases I “copied and pasted” descriptive text from some of the sites into the NOTES field of the dialog box and, in other cases, I manually entered text in the NOTES field for other sites. I discovered that, while in this mode, the word wrap feature did not exist. I thought this was strange. (#2) Although one may strongly feel that Delicious offers a neater way to categorize and maintain a person’s favorite websites than Internet Explorer’s “Add to Favorites” option, I am somewhat apprehensive about using Delicious exclusively as a database of my favorite websites — what if the owner of the Delicious website chose to terminate its existence?
As a former Business Education teacher, for one of my searches, I decided to enter 3 keywords : (1) business, (2) education, and (3) projects. The results included sites pertaining to Flickr, Wikispaces, etc. It was neat to see sites which offer tutorials and/or introductory exercises for some of the same Web 2.0 tools and concepts we’ve been exploring the past few weeks!! I have added a couple of these to my Delicious account and will be adding others as well !
Here’s the link for my account: http://delicious.com/pokiegump