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(or: my struggle to keep track of content on the web.)

ok, hierarchical content classification structures such as folders are so yesterday, especially on the web, we know that. tagging, i.e. applying labels or keywords to an element (e.g. a page or a file) is today’s classification trend. read “folksonomies – cooperative classification and communication through shared metadata” why tagging is especially cool when used in cooperative context.

the concept behind tagging, “faceted classification” is stone-old but has rather been used by librarians than by a broad public. one of the innovators of using the tagging-concept on the web is del.icio.us, a cooperative bookmark-manager. it’s really useful but features a very hard-to-understand interface for first-timers and – which is its biggest flaw in my opinion – doesn’t support quick-retrieval for tags i have used before (unlike the photosharing-platform flickr, to name just one example).

however, my need to store and classify content on the web for later retrieval is big und unsatisfied (i have always ignored browsers’ bookmark features, they are useless). so far i have (ab)used bloglines for that purpose: i have either used its “clippings”- or the recently introduced “mark as new”-feature. it’s a pity bloglines hasn’t (yet?) recognised the power of (cooperative) tags and still uses folders. (while, as i have to admit, they do make sense to manage subscriptions – but not to manage clippings or to share feeds.) let’s mention the name of bloglines-founder mark fletcher at this point, so this post pops up in his personal search-feed, as a piece of feedback ;-)

using bloglines that way has a couple of disadvantages: i only can bookmark content found through bloglines (ok, haven’t really got much time to surf the web or google around, so usually what i don’t find via bloglines i won’t find..), my clippings-folder gets long and unusable (i don’t use the folders-feature of bloglines as i don’t believe in folders – see above) and the “mark as new”-feature slowly ruins bloglines’ value for me, as i gets harder to distinguish “really new” from “marked as new” the more acticles i mark as new. it’s a feature supporting my lazyness – and punishing me for it.

so half a year after registering i finally started to use del.icio.us, and it’s really cool. if you haven’t tried it, do so! the pages you bookmark get stored in chronological order on your del.icio.us-page (see mine for an example), ordered by the tags you give them. at the same time each tag has a “global” page, i.e. featuring all pages from all users with that tag. see del.icio.us/tag/austria as an example. needless to mention that you can suscribe to other users’ pages or to tags via RSS. very useful to keep track of certain topics, even if it sometimes produces a lot of noise. and bookmarking pages is easy with one of the available bookmarklets.

bottomline: del.icio.us is the answer to my bookmark-problem. i hope it’s flaws (see above) get corrected eventually. (and i still need to transfer my “bookmarks” from bloglines to del.icio.us..)


 

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