Call me fickle, but despite some recent barking about the new social bookmark site Jots, I am romping back to del.icio.us for my primary bookmarking. Ttecnically, I am using my multi-bookmark tool to post to del.icio.us, Furl, and our Bag of URLs site… Furl since I have a big pile there not elsewhere, the “Bag” since I use it to send links to a list within our system.
But I am back to del.icio.us for its ease of tagging via the bookmark tool- not only does it nicely auto complete tags when typed in, it also makes using my previous tags a one clikc suggestio, and it offers a decent set of suggested tags perhaps used by others.
So for example, I just dumped in the Google Sightseeing site, a fun place that catalogs interesting things that have been found in the Satellite views of Google Maps…
So if things work well, the first thing I do is to use my mouse to highlight a chunk of text on the bookmark target page– the text should be what works well to describe the site (shame on sites that bury or do not provide this at all):
From there a click on my del.icio.us bookmark tool presents the basic entering screen- the highlighted text goes into the extended description field:
I can then just click among the available tags listed below- recommended tags (based on? the text description? not sure), my own existing tags, and “popular tags” (guessing the tags most used by others who have tagged the same site)… so in about 5 clicks I have tagged this site:
This is just darned efficient and sensible, just on the front end of quickly loading and tagging sites.
So I am back at del.icio.us (although I hate having to type that name in my blog! It takes too much typing dexterity!)