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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Packrati.us - Use Twitter for Bookmarking

One of the great things about Twitter is the wealth of useful links that get shared between users. My conservative estimate is that 25% of the resources that I've bookmarked over the last few years have come from Twitter users. The one thing that I wish Twitter had was an option for bookmarking those links without having to open them outside of Twitter. Packrati.us was built to do just that, bookmark links without leaving Twitter.

To get started using Packrati.us authorize the service to access your Twitter account and your Delicious account. Once you've authorized Packrati.us it bookmarks in Delicious all of the links you Tweet or reTweet. If you're a frequent user of services like Four Square or Gowalla you can tell Packrati.us to ignore links from those sources. Packrati.us also allows you to specify hashtags to ignore or to add to your links.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned above, Twitter is a great place to develop a PLN because there is a wealth of great resources shared between teachers every day. Packrati.us could be a helpful tool for efficiently bookmarking the resources you share and that others share with you.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter
How to Build a Personal Learning Network
Why Do We Connect?