Play #8 – Do you know what tags are? Can you get to your favorite bookmarked websites stored on your home computer when you are at school?
I use iGoogle as my home page and have always like the way I can save my favourite bookmarks and access them from any computer that I am working on. Despite having access to this function, I started to encounter problems with my google bookmark list when the volume of bookmarks I wanted to save started to escalate.
Fortunately, I discovered the social bookmarking site, Delicious, and now my life has become more organized. Moreover, I have been able to tap into a wealth of resources that other people have tagged and shared. I do love this tool, but I don’t think I am maximizing its features fully.
Perhaps someone out there can help answer a few questions for me:
1. Should I be using Diigo or Delicious? I started using Delicious first and tend to favour it; however, I now find other people who are using Diigo. Currently, I am flipping back and forth between the two sites and this does not seem to be very efficient. Is there a way to sync the two sites or is that really necessary?
2. Is there an optimum number of tags that you should give each site?
3. I have begun to realize that tagging needs to be intentional. In the heat of the moment it is easy to slap a tag on something and move on. However, if you are not thinking about how to organize this information as you go, you will end up with just a jumble of sites without any real order. For those of you working in education, do you have a list of tags that you refer to when organizing your work. A common tagging language seems like a necessary thing to have.
I know that I will eventually find the answers to my questions through further research and trial and error; however, if anyone has any useful advice or insights I would love to hear from you.
Keep on sharing!