Yesterday on Monday Musings, Robin wrote about Web 2.0 applications like Facebook and the Darling Library's research guides, LibGuides. Another Web 2.0 application that can be used for both fun and research projects is Delicious, a social bookmarking site. Social bookmarking sites like Delicious are used to keep track of and organize Web site links and links to electronic books and scholarly journal/magazine articles.
You could bookmark web sites on your computer, but you would only have access to these bookmarks when using your own computer. Bookmarking using a Web 2.0 application like Delicious benefits you in several ways. First of all, you have access to your bookmarks from any computer as long as you have access to the Internet -- simply login to your bookmarking account.
Another benefit is the ability to create "tags" and "tag bundles" in order to organize and group your links. For instance, you can group all of the links to your favorite restaurants or music sites. If you use bookmarking for research, you can easily organize links to Web sites with statistics or links to scholarly journal articles you have found in one of the Darling Library research databases like ProQuest. The possibilities are almost endless.
You can share and receive comments on your bookmarks. Share your bookmarks with friends or with other students in your class. Working on a group project either at school or work? Share your research with others in your group by using a social bookmarking site.
Still not sure about social bookmarking? Watch the following video, Social Bookmarking in Plain English, created by Commoncraft.
Visit my Delicious account to see an example of social bookmarking.