Category Archives: social bookmarking

Social Bookmarking Evolution

Years ago, maybe five, I realized that trying to keep up with folders of bookmarks in Firefox (or nay browser) was just annoying and a time suck.  I would bookmark unimportant things and not what I actually needed.  As ridiculously simple a so many tasks are with computers, it just seemed too “hard” sometimes due to number of click-throughs.  I found delicious.com, a great social bookmarking service.  I loved how it was in the cloud so I could access it from any machine.  That was useful for teaching.  I loved the tags and the overall approach of folksonomies.  Such bubbling up from the ground taxonomic systems just suited my brain better.  I tried recommending it to a few folks, but my techno-evangelism did not go very far, so I did not use it very much on its “social” side.  Still, I plugged away with my storing and tagging and happily accumulated 1772 bookmarked pages with tags ranging from “academia” to “zotero.”

Delicious was acquired by yahoo.  Then dumped.    I paid little mind as it kept working for me, and, when possible, I stick to if it ain’t broke approach.  But now delicious is not supported firefox 4.0.  Crap.

I tried exporting from delicious and then importing to Firefox.  But I did not get my notes or tags.  Ouch!  Fortunately, I found this experimental add-on, Slurp.  Thanks Web Wanderings blog!  It worked.  So, now the bookmarks are in Firefox bookmarks.  Will that be a good replacement?  I don’t know.  We shall see.

Here are six possibilities.

I have seen Diigo and it has some nice features.

I have also done more with pearltrees.  I personally love the visualization and ability to zoom in a and out.  It is also a nice example of a two-mode network if you want to get your nethead geek on.  In other words, you can see people linked by common bookmarks (pearls in their jargon).

However, I am not sure I want to import 1772 bookmarks into its hub and spoke geometry.  Could get very, very bushy.  Some people also object to using Flash on principle.  I am not sure what the downside of flash is. Guess I am not enough of a gearhead. It’s collaboration tools are good. You can join teams. It informs you when one of your “unique” pearls is copied by someone else. I like the visualization and the ability to see who else is “close” by tag or keyword similarity. However, I am not sure what it would be like with all 1700 comments. I’ve been thinking of it more as “showcase” bookmarks while the tagging of delicious or firefox now allows for more brute force storage and searching.

Any comments on social book marking, apps, or pearltrees welcome!

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I Heart Wordle

So, thanks to orgtheory, I found wordle.

It is awesome.

Here is the wordle of my delicious tags:

Wordle: Jordisunshine Delicious Tags

And recent paper

Wordle: Relational OrgTheory Paper

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Living Web Social Innovation

Yesterday, I listened to most of Nick Yeo’s conversation over at the social innovation center’s conversations network.  He is the communications director for Taking ITGlobal, a youth- and development-oriented social networking pllatform.

One thing that stood out (and that I think Vishant might like) is that he discussed how they discovered that their users in places like Africa were often huddled five or six aroudn a computer using the site, and they thought of ways to cross leverage that liittle face2face net with the networking of their platform.

Their official elevator pitch:

TakingITGlobal.org is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. It’s the world’s most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference, with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month.

The other link is to google.org.   Read this in Fast Company’s Fast list for 2008.  They seem to combine corporate philanthropy, R&D, and wiki-type decision making (letting lots of people propose and rank ideas for grants and investing).  Also interesting to see that Hal Varian, whose book Network Rules was one of the better strategy books i read at IESE, is their chief economist.

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NITLE and Social Bookmarking

I am at a workshop by NITLE.  The leader is Bryan Alexander.  Interesting overview of emerging technologies.

I want to know more about social bookmarking.  I am here and want to bookmark something.  What’s a good site?

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