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.