17 thoughts on Furl and Del.icio.us: Almost Perfect Together

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  1. This is another very useful article, so thank you. I personally haven’t had a chance yet to experiment and use either the FURL or del.ico.us services yet, but when I do I will be checking out your archives to learn how it works. I have collected over the years thousands of important URL’s that could be useful for my blog readers and others, but they remained trapped in my IE6.0 bookmark folders.

    Back in the 1990’s there used to be a (free) web-based storage service for bookmarks that I used but unfortunately they went out of business long before the Big Crash. If I understand what little I have read about FURL and del.ico.us so far both services are free and built upon open-source software code. The fact that one can use TAGS along with the bookmark URL’s should be a very useful feature for sharing. Do these web-based tools allow one to re-organize bookmarks imported from IE6.0 and other browsers bookmark tools, and do they have the capability to check for dead links?

  2. Hi,

    You’re a good writer. I struggle trying to explain clearly some of the ideas that you put forth so well. I do a lot of development work on a service I offer to businesses – Ideascape – where we use del.icio.us for external bookmarks and our own for on-the-fly, internal tagging and bookmarking. Anyway, I posted your page on del.icio.us hoping that others will learn from your experience. Thank you!


  3. I like both tools, too. Sometimes it is difficult to say, if I should furl it or take del.icio.us. But I like your statement to social bookmarking. It is a very usefully for understanding the difference of furl an del.icio.us.

  4. Furl and Del.icio.us: Almost Perfect Together
    Amy Gahran from Contentious wrote a very good article about two great social tools: Furl and Del.icio.us: Almost Perfect Together….

  5. In addition to the furl and del.icio.us uses that you describe, I also use the “to-read” tag on del.icio.us to label items that I want to save now and read later. When applicable, I also use a “from-” tag to indicate where I found the item. For example, if the item was referenced on your blog, I’ll save it with tags “to-read” and “from-agahran”. After I’ve read the item, I replace the “to-read” tags with whatever subject tags seem appropriate but retain the “from-” tag.

  6. One Del.icio.us Ideascape
    A week or so ago, I was exploring del.icio.us to learn what was new in the blogosphere. I usually start with my own tags (bookmarking, folksonomy, taxonomy, content management, knowledge management, idea management, enterprise blogging, innovation, etc

  7. Congrats! You’re most popular today on furl; I think you’ve done that before with another article if memory serves me correctly. As for del.icio.us, I’ve used it, and I loathe it. Oh, man. How to start? No place for comments. No full text search. No topics (I am just a directory style person, and I like these better than tags for some things). No recommended links. No (last I checked) most popular links. When searching through a set of tags, you will see the same link again and again and again and again if it’s been delicioused by many people. The tag list on the side is too long and in the way; I tend to tag a link with every single word that comes to mind and varients of that word, meaning that I often have tags with just one website. No keeping track of how many times you’ve seen something (furl will). The delicious bookmark tends not to work at random times. It’s harder to subscribe to others feeds in delicious. No easy way of sharing links with friends who don’t also use delicious (you can’t email the links to them, they have to open the delicious website and go look up the links). Delicious spam is starting to be a problem…oh, man…did I say that? Uh, moving right along. Furl has won my heart; I’m not willing to put up with a limited and unacceptable feature set, even to make life easier for whoever is browsing my collection of links.

  8. I’ve not tried these two together, but I do often use Spurl (spurl.net), and there are other tools of a similar nature – CiteULike (citulike.org), and Connotea (connotea.org) – this has a more serious database. See http://www.irox.de/roxomatic/687/social-bookmarks-review-reloaded for details of several different systems. Note the chart rerenced – the socialbookmarks.pdf file.

    I noticed also that there are tools which allow bookmarking in more than one of these social networking systems. One example is http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/alan/marklet_maker.php


  9. One Del.icio.us Ideascape
    A week or so ago, I was exploring del.icio.us to learn what was new in the blogosphere. I usually start with my own tags (bookmarking, folksonomy, taxonomy, content management, knowledge management, idea management, enterprise blogging, innovation, etc

  10. Furl versus del.icio.us = a very helpful. I only use Furl for the moment as I’m not into sharing yet. First, I want to sort out my own mess – apparently it is a lot easier to Furl fast than to actually read all that Furled stuff… To avoid a Furl-cabinet full of forgotten unread pages, I’m now feeding it into my Bloglines account. This way, it’s easier for me to stay ‘in touch’ with ‘my personal web’.

  11. “In a perfect world, Furl and del.icio.us would combine”

    Um, Spurl let’s you associate your account to del.icio.us so you don’t miss a beat. Also, all of the things you use Furl for, Spurl does. Plus it has better search, with their engine, Zniff.

    I highly recommend you try Spurl, since you’re using both del.icio.us and Furl.

  12. You may be interested in taking a look at how I used the rss capabilities of furl on a recent project to create a resources list (aka pathfinder or webliography). Once the code is set on the page, all I need do to add new entries dynamically, without having to go back and edit the page, is create the entry in furl. The pages are automatically generated from the furl archive, and any rss subscribers to the resource list are updated with the new information. See http://www.u.arizona.edu/~bfulton/rss/

  13. Friends and associates have thanked me many times for exposing them to FURL — and I then direct them to CONTENTIOUS. FURL has helped me clean up all the yellow stickies with good URLs from my office… I can’t thank you enough, Amy. Now, I wanna try del.icio.us (not the least ’cause I own restaurants!).



  14. Given all your experience in using these bookmark management tools I was hoping you might be able to provide some feedback on a project I am leading that just launched, http://www.philoi.com . Philoi is a person-to-person link sharing community. Cheers, John

    p.s. I personally like Furl and haven’t found too much use for delicious yet.