Most of you have heard the buzz surrounding the social bookmarking site del.icio.us, but I figure I’d give it a mention here in case you’ve yet to start using it.
Web surfers have always used bookmarks, from way back in the days of Netscape 1.0. By the late 90s a few online bookmarking sites cropped up, allowing people to store their bookmarks on the web and access them from any computer. Nothing fancy there.
What del.icio.us has done is take it one step further and allow people not only to bookmark and tag web pages with keywords, but to share them, as well. Now that thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of people are participating, del.icio.us is a repsitory of everything that people are reading and thinking about on the web, organized by keyword. This amounts to a pretty amazing set of human-generated data.
Signing up is a breeze, just visit del.icio.us. The thing I like most is they provide a bookmarklet that goes in your IE or Firefox favorites and allows you to add a page to your del.icio.us bookmarks with a single click.
And just to make it easier for everyone, I’m going to start adding a link at the end of my posts that allows for easy bookmarking in del.icio.us.
Thanks to Charlie O’Donnell for the heads up.