Social Bookmarking


When I started my degree in information studies I met a tech savvy university buddy who set me on my Diigo path. She had tried Delicious for her social bookmarking and thought Diigo was far superior and more suited to our “list type’ personalities. I also started Zotero which has been my lifesaver for university citations and organisation. But not to stifle my technological growth she did encourage me to sign up to Delicious. I must admit, it had been laying there dormant all these years as I happily tagged and stored my links in Diigo.

When I logged on to my Delicious account for this journal entry I found every single link that I tweeted, retweeted or favourited in Twitter since I began in 2011 in a nice big ‘stack’. That seemed really cool until I remembered that I have all my tweet history already in Twitter. So it got me wondering why Delicious has this Twitter Connector feature. Tethering social media allows you to assign Delicious tags to all links coming from Twitter and multiple accounts can be joined. Their future features of automatically tweeting activities on Delicious had me a bit worried. Was this overkill? Or were they offering the opportunity to link all my social media without me having to go to Delicious and do it my self. A kind of a one stop shop for social bookmarking. I used the search function to search for hashtags that I had used in Twitter and luckily I’m a creature of habit so it was a very reliable way of searching for me.

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a fabulous feature of Delicious. IFTTT is explained here. If I like a post on Tumblr then it will save the link in my Delicious account. IFTTT is a great task automation tool that I didn’t even know that Delicious had.

So are Diigo and Delicious basically both the same for sharing, organising, searching, and managing my bookmarking? No. Not even close. Diigo has many more features.
In Diigo I can highlight, customize keyboard shortcuts, save bookmarks as private by default, create webslides of my links, create PLNs, save notes and images as well as bookmarks, use the annotation service and even create snapshots (thumbnails) of sites that are password protected.

Even though the benefits of Diigo are better, I’m pleased I got the opportunity to re-evaluate Delicious though.