According to Wikipedia, Delicious has been around since 2003, and I joined around then. (Wikipedia, 2013). While working as a casual Information Services Librarian I was not tied to any one desk or pc, therefore using Delicious as a portable toolbox of my favourite websites proved to be a useful resource in the delivery of my professional services.
Once I found myself in a permanent position with a pc to work from, I deferred to the favourites tab in the web browser and my use of Delicious languished. I was not aware of their changed site until recently.
Now I find that I don’t even use the favourites list in the browser because Google finds the sites I want in as much time as it takes to click through my favourites list. Having said that, I do think that Delicious is an excellent online resource for sharing and organising URL’s. The tagging system is simple, flexible and sensible. For information professionals delivering classes and topics to groups of people, it is an effective way to build subject guides and reference lists as shown by the social networking group at Charles Sturt University @sissocialmedia. (Delicious, 2013a)
Investigating the new website at Delicious I notice that it has changed quite a bit and I have to relearn how to work the site. Apparently redesigned in 2011 the new interface needs some getting used to. (Wikipedia, 2013) I can’t seem to be able to sort my tags by date and this is a bit of a shortfall I think. I can see potential for the mobile app and may even begin to use it again. It is the tagging, portability, accessibility and storage in ‘the cloud’ that are the real benefits of this tool.
It is a great tool for creating an online personal portfolio as I did in 2009 and it helped me to get a job. After the initial interview I was asked if I could show some examples of my work and as I had prepared the portfolio prior to this request it was a quick and easy task to email a single URL that provided a list of my work with explanations in the notes field. (Delicious, 2013b) A very useful exercise gained from Michele Martin at The Bamboo Project. (Martin, 2008) This process has changed a little since I first created the portfolio and it now requires the tags to be bundled. It does need some thought, time and effort to create as you will need to think about how you want to illustrate that great work you have done. (Slideshare, 2009)
In the case of articles it is easy, but if your work is in the form of website design, or photographs, or artwork, then you might need to think about how best to show these. Slideshare is a great tool for this.
Delicious (2013a). @sissocialmedia – Delicious. Retrieved from https://delicious.com/#sissocialmedia
Delicious (2013b). @suesbent [SusanBentleyPortfolio]. Retrieved from https://delicious.com/#suesbent/tag_bundle/SusanBentleyPortfolio
Martin, M. (2008). Guide to Using Free Tools to Create an Online Portfolio. Retrieved from http://michelemartin.typepad.com/thebambooprojectblog/2008/03/guide-to-using.html
Slideshare, (2009). Photos by Susan Bentley. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/suesbent/photos-by-susan-bentley
Wikipedia (2013). Delicious (website) – Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicious_(website)