I haven’t been using Bloglines for very long but thought I would give it a go and I have to say it certainly seems more user friendly (I’m currently trying to see which feed reader might be best to recommend to our students who are new to RSS feeds) and a lot more reliable than some of the others I’ve tried.
I joined del.icio.us a few weeks ago after having read the chapter in How to Use Web 2.0 in your Library on social bookmarking. I had been meaning to join for a while and finally took the plunge. I’ve been gradually getting used to using it and am spending some time organising my bookmarks more clearly.
As a user of Firefox (and Portable Firefox at work), I have been using the Foxmarks extension for a while now and have found it invaluable. I use the internet in many different places on many different computers; the Foxmarks extension automatically synchronises all your bookmarks and stores a copy on their server in case you lose the ones on your browser. My bookmarks are fairly well organised, however things have got very confused recently, particularly with the huge number of useful Web 2.0 websites and blogs I’ve been bookmarking.
When I joined del.icio.us I had the option to import all my current bookmarks which I did, however I soon found that it had given tags I wouldn’t choose myself. I also don’t see the need to have all my bookmarks on del.icio.us, particularly those which easily fit into the categories I use in my bookmarks (e.g. my banking websites in a Banking folder of my Firefox bookmarks).
After having used del.icio.us for a while, I think it will be best used to keep track of useful links for work, study and the Web 2.0 resources (which seem to be growing in number exponentially recently!). I’m thinking of maybe using it to create feeds for useful links from library blogs (e.g. useful Science related resources for the Applied Sciences blog I will hopefully be creating soon).
I have also tried using Furl to store my bookmarks but I prefer the functionality of del.icio.us (Furl has too many different categories rather than just tagging which I find straight forward), and it also seems more popular so tools, widgets etc. seem to be easy to adapt for your own use.
For anyone who’s interested, here is a link to my del.icio.us bookmarks.
I haven’t posted for a while, I’ve been spending most of my free time preparing for an interview (and reading Harry Potter, I’d only read the first three!).
I have been working part time for the last year, which has been good as it has given me extra time to study, however it has been more of a struggle financially and I have tended to spend my free day each week catching up with housework, going to town, the bank, the doctors, etc etc! A full time job came up at my level so I decided to apply for it, and was successful. I’m hoping to be able to take on more project work and hopefully try to put some of the Web 2.0 stuff into practice if I can. Hopefully I will still be able to find time at the evenings and weekends to concentrate on my studying. I’ve been having a bit of a break recently and am looking forward to getting back into it soon.
Thanks to the Infodoodads blog I have been introduced to a great resource this morning.
Omgili is an acronym for Oh My God I Love It, and I think I do. It’s a relatively new resource but something which I think could catch on with added exposure, I know I will find it useful.
Taken from their About section:
Omgili is a specialized search engine that focuses on “many to many” user generated content platforms, such as, forums, Discussion groups, answer boards and others.
Omgili finds consumer opinions, debates, discussions, personal experiences, answers and solutions. Most of the questions have already been answered – find the answers through Omgili. Most of the technical problems have been solved – find the solutions through Omgili. Most of the experiences have already been described – find these descriptions through Omgili.
What a great concept! I’ve tried it out and it seems to work really well, it also has a tool to show how popular discussions are in the form of a graph, great for following trends.