The more I use the social bookmarking tool del.icio.us, the more I’m getting to like it especially when it saves me work.
One task I’m particularly compulsive about is sharing with CONTENTIOUS readers links to interesting sites, articles, tools, and books. For awhile I’d been presenting these as my “grab bag” articles, but that process was too labor-intensive for me to maintain.
So now I’ve figured out how to use del.icio.us to keep you up to date on all the cool content I’m encouraging you to explore…
Look over at the right-hand column of any page in this weblog. See the section that says Other Goodies? That’s your resource for all my recommended reading.
The first goodie, recommended online reading, takes you to my main del.icio.us page where you can find every link I wanted to share, with the most recent additions listed first.
You’ll see I have an extensive list of categories (tags) which I use to describe each link, and I also include a brief text description or excerpt for each link. Clicking on any tag in my tag list will produce a list of all articles I’ve given that particular tag.
There is also a feed available for each tag, so you can follow just the topics you like. You can also see who else in del.icio.us bookmarked that same link, and check out their lists as well. Very cool!
The next goodie, feeds Amy reads, is the complete list of all the webfeeds to which I currently subscribe. This is an OPML file, which you download and import into a feed reader. I’m warning you, this is a long list. I currently subscribe to about 300-400 feeds. They’re categorized, that helps a bit.
Next, recommended books, takes you directly to a list of books which I’ve read and highly recommend. I tell you why I recommend each book. These are my del.icio.us links bearing the books-read tag.
Next, books I’m currently reading is pretty self-explanatory. This is just what’s in my pile at the moment everything on my del.icio.us list bearing the books-reading tag. If I end up not liking a book, I’ll say why (if it’s important) or I’ll remove it from my del.icio.us page (if it’s not worth sharing at all).
Books I want also is pretty explanatory. It’s my book wish list, which I maintain via BestWebBuys (not del.icio.us). If you ever feel the urge to be generous toward me, books are always my favorite gift.
On my radar is a list of items I’m checking out or have checked out in the past, not necessarily recommendations. I keep this list in my Furl archive. This used to be where I kept track of items to include in my grab bag, but del.icio.us is a better solution for sharing links. So now, consider my Furl archive a record of my curiousity, sprawling over a wide range of topics.
…Anyway, I hope this explains what happened to my grab bags. I know my grab bags were pretty popular, and I still may do special ones as warranted. I know some people will miss that form of presentation. However, I had to go with a system I could maintain. It’s always a tradeoff. Ultimately, I think del.icio.us offers more benefits for recommending links.
What do you think? Comment below!