Showing posts with label Delicious. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Delicious. Show all posts

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Lesson From the Evolution of My Bookmarks

One of the questions that readers ask me on a fairly regular basis is, "how do you keep track of everything?" The answer to that has remained largely the same for the last decade. My process is that when I find something interesting I bookmark it, review it, and, if I like it, I write about it here on Free Technology for Teachers. Once I write about something I tend to remember it better than if I just looked at it and tested it for a little while. The one part of the process that has changed over the years is just where my bookmarks get saved.

Delicious (or
Delicious was the first online bookmarking tool that I used. It was the leader in the field of social bookmarking for quite a while. Unfortunately, it started to suffer from feature bloat which prompted me to move on to Google Notebook. In the years after I stopped using it Delicious was bought and sold a few times before ceasing to operate. Mashable has a good little history of the evolution of one of the original Web 2.0 darlings.

Google Notebook
Google Notebook offered a simple way to save bookmarks into my Google Account. I cannot remember all of the features of Google Notebook today, but I do recall at various times using the collaboration option and the option to take notes while saving each bookmark. Google stopped development of Google Notebook in 2009 and shuttered the service completely in 2011.

When Google announced that end of development of Google Notebook I moved my bookmarks over to Evernote. Evernote was smart in making it easy to import Google Notebooks into Evernote. At the time Evernote didn't place any limitations on the number of devices you could use with a free account. It was also at this time that I played with using Diigo for my personal bookmarks but kept going back to Evernote because their mobile apps were better than Diigo's. That said, I did use Diigo with student groups because the collaboration component was easier for students to use.

Google Keep
When Evernote started to restrict their free plan to use on only a couple of devices at a time, I moved my bookmarking activity to Google Keep. Google Keep didn't have as many options for organization of notes as Evernote did, but for my purposes Google Keep did everything that I needed it to.

In January of this year I decided that I needed to get to know Microsoft's products a bit better so I started using OneNote for bookmarking. I'm now doing almost all of my bookmarking in OneNote and occasionally using Google Keep to bookmark or record quick notes.

Everything Changes
The lesson to take away from the evolution of my bookmarks is that everything in tech changes. While each change seemed like a big hassle at the time, after a week or two I was over it. Those bookmarks that I had in Delicious more than a decade ago aren't worth anything to me today nor are those that I had in Evernote four years ago. So the next time that a favorite ed tech service changes or shuts down, go ahead and groan for a bit but remember that an alternative will probably present itself in short order.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

If You're Still Using Delicious, Stop and Try Something Else

Delicious (, once the darling of the Web 2.0 bookmarking community, has been sold again. This marks the fifth time that the service has been sold. This time it looks like this is really the end for Delicious. The service was acquired by Pinboard who earlier this week announced that on June 15th Delicious would become a read-only site. This means that if you're still using Delicious to bookmark websites, you'll have to find another way to bookmark after June 14th.

In Pinboard's announcement it was mentioned that they will be reactivating the option to export bookmarks from Delicious. As of this morning, that option is still not available.

If find yourself looking for a new way to bookmark and share your favorite websites, I recommend using either Google Keep or Diigo.

H/T to Lifehacker for the news about Delicious and Pinboard. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013 Lets You Tweet and Bookmark Simultaneously

One of the great things about Twitter is the wealth of links that teachers share with each other. is a service that makes it easy for you to bookmark your favorite links that you share and that others share with you on Twitter. will bookmark any link that you share, any link in a Tweet that you favorite, or any link that is shared with you in an "@" reply. works with Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Pocket, Historius, and Pinboard (not to be confused with Pinterest). Once you've authorized to work with one of your bookmarking services, you're ready to start bookmarking while you Tweet. If you are a Four Square user, you can tell to ignore those links from your check-ins.

Applications for Education
If you have students using Twitter to share resources, could be a great tool to help you and them keep track of what everyone is sharing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's Delicious Doing Now? Making Stacks

Delicious, the popular social bookmarking site whose future has been in limbo since last December, just relaunched with a new feature they're calling Stacks. Stacks is a new way to display and share your bookmarks with others. Stacks are essentially multimedia previews of links that you have organized according to the tags you assigned to them. The video below provides a nice overview of Delicious Stacks.

Another change to Delicious that you should note is that you can now tag your bookmarks with phrases rather than just one word labels.

Applications for Education
Delicious Stacks could be a good visual way for students to explore a set of links that you have shared with them about a topic. You or your students could create multimedia playlists about a topic to share with each other.

If you're wondering why you should use an online bookmarking service at all, just consider the time and frustration you'll save yourself if your computer ever unexpectedly crashes on you taking all of your most important bookmarks with it. By saving them online, you can always access your favorite bookmarks from any Internet-connected computer.

Monday, December 20, 2010 - Bookmark While You Tweet

Last spring I got really excited about a service called that bookmarked in Delicious every link that I Tweeted. I'm still using, but now that Delicious is possibly shutting down, being sold, or otherwise altered, I'm going to give a try. is a bookmarking service that integrates with your Twitter and Facebook accounts to save the links that you share on those services. If you have a Delicious account, you can import your Delicious links into your account. Using every time you share a link via Tweet, reTweet, or Facebook post that link is saved to your account.

Update: I've heard from that their service also works with Diigo, PinBoard, Historius, and Instapaper.

Applications for Education
Educators in the habit of sharing links with their PLNs via Twitter should consider as an easy way to share and save at the same time.

Friday, December 17, 2010

How to Prepare for the Delicious Shut Down

Update: in a blog post this afternoon Yahoo says they might not shut down Delicious. I read it, it doesn't look promising. Check it out

The tech and education blog-o-spheres are humming with the news that Yahoo is probably going to shut down the popular social bookmarking service Delicious (Read Write Web has two good stories about it here and here). In an effort to help you prepare for the closure of Delicious, I created this short post.

Before looking at alternatives to Delicious, let's get your bookmarks out of Delicious so that you can use them somewhere else.

Step 1: Log into your Delicious account and click on "settings." (Settings should appear in the upper right corner of your screen). 

Step 2: Select "export/ backup bookmarks."

Step 3: Choose whether or not you want to export the notes and tags you've assigned to your bookmarks. Depending on which application you plan to use your bookmarks in in the future, trying to import tags and notes might cause some glitches. To play it safe I exported my bookmarks twice, once with tags and notes, once without tags and notes.

Step 4: Save the HTML to your local computer. Once you have the file you can import it into any browser and into most social bookmarking services.

Alternatives to Delicious
If your school is a Google Apps for Education school, the first alternative to Delicious that I would consider is Google Bookmarks. In Google Bookmarks you can create lists that you can share publicly or keep private. One of the nice things about the list feature is that you can choose to make some of your lists public while keeping others private. Just like with Google Docs, you can invite other people to share and add to your work. Lists in Google Bookmarks aren't limited to simple text links. You can add maps, images, and videos to your lists in Google Bookmarks. Additionally, any of your Google Docs files can be added to your lists in Google Bookmarks. Google Bookmarks can be added to your existing Google account so you don't have remember a new user name or password to take advantage of the service.

If you do end up going with Google Bookmarks, I'd recommend also looking at Yawas. Yawas is a free web annotation tool for Firefox and Chrome built on top of Google Bookmarks. Yawas enables you to highlight text on any webpage and save it in your Google Bookmarks account. Once Yawas is installed just highlight the text on a page, right click, and send it to your Google Bookmarks account.
Diigo has been popular with educators for quite a while. Some of its features moved behind a paywall earlier this year, but it's still a good service to consider as a replacement for Delicious. Last fall,  Jose Picardo (I highly recommend his blog) posted a quick guide to annotating using Diigo. He created the video for his students and if you're considering using Diigo with your students it could be very useful for you too. The video is embedded below.

A Guide to Annotating using Diigo from José Picardo on Vimeo.

Memonic is a tool for curating collections of information from the web. Memonic's key function is to give users the power to clip sections of websites and build them into a personal collection. Along with the clipping of information, users can add commentary to each item they place into their personal accounts. For example, if I clipped a paragraph from iLearnTechnology I could also add some notes for myself about that paragraph. There are a couple of ways to add content to the folders within a Memonic account. The easiest way to add content to a Memonic account is to use the Memonic bookmarklet for Firefox. After the bookmarklet is installed, users can click it at anytime while they're browsing the web to add content to their Memonic folders. Alternatively, users can add content by typing the url of a desired page into the Memonic "web clipper" that is present within every Memonic user's account page. Watch a holiday-themed introduction to Memonic below.

What are your suggestions for alternatives to Delicious?

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 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. was built to do just that, bookmark links without leaving Twitter.

To get started using authorize the service to access your Twitter account and your Delicious account. Once you've authorized 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 to ignore links from those sources. 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. 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?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Visual Representation of Bloom's for the 21st Century

Mike Fisher, an instructional coach and education consultant, has created an interesting wiki called Visual Blooms. Visual Blooms inserts web resources into the hierarchical categories of Bloom's Taxonomy. Web resources are placed into the categories of remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. For example, Delicious is placed in the remembering category while VoiceThread is placed in the creating category.

Thanks to Beth Still for sharing the link to Visual Blooms on Twitter.

Applications for Education
Visual Blooms could be an excellent resource for teachers who are looking for web resources that can be used to address the needs of Bloom's Taxonomy.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Guest Blogger-Technology and Future Teachers

Hello, my name is Cyndi Danner-Kuhn and I teach technology to pre-service teachers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. I am so honored that Richard has asked me to submit to his absolutely amazing blog while he is ice fishing. Wow ice fishing, I grew up in Florida, so I totally don't get ice fishing. Anyway, first of all, he requested we provide a link to our own website It is a work in progress.

Everyone always thinks that the students in college are super tech savvy. Well, I hate to burst the bubble, but it just isn't true yet. They are experts with word processing and PowerPoint, playing on the internet and of course Facebook. But beyond that the vast majority are newbies. Every semester I am amazed that 98% of what I show them is completely new. I keep asking myself, how can that be!!

The first thing I do is have my students create a delicious account and then begin tagging everything we do. It is a good place to start because they can at least keep track to the resources. So, my first recommendation is start using delicious. Link to my delicious

The next thing I do weekly all semester is have them listen and reflect/blog about an educational Podcast. If you haven't gotten hooked on using and learning from eductional podcasts yet, a few of my favorites are below. All can be found on iTunes as well as their websites:

If you would like to see what I do in my class with these pre-service teachers, just click on the DED318 link off my website and you can see what we do each week. It is fast and furious to say the least. Another crazy thing is that most university folks think I am nuts for just putting my entire class on the web. Somebody might use it. My answer to is is GOOD, I hope so!! I would absolutely love to hear your suggestions about what you think pre-service teachers should be learning with regards to technology. Feel free to email me at

I'd like to thank Richard for the eNewsletter he sends each day with resources. I do a weekly newsletter for the College of Ed. Without Richard, it would be a much more time consuming task. I just do what Harry Wong says "steal, steal, steal." He just makes my life so much easier. I hope the school district Richard works for realizes what a million dollar man they have.

Ok in his tradition, one new resource.

ShareTabs - The easy way to share your links as tabs. Add a list of links to the form and submit it to get a single link to them all, conveniently displayed in tabs and images. Great for sharing in Email, IM, Twitter, or SMS. Of course it is FREE!!

Application for Education

Great wayto visually share a variety of links with your students. Here is an eample of one I did for my students.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Delicious Update - New Add-on for FireFox 3

Delicious is a social bookmarking that is very popular with educators looking for resources on the web. Delicious has just released a beta version of its popular add-on for Firefox 3. This new add-on has a couple of slick features including a keyboard short-cut to jump to tags. The improved status bar feature that will appeal to people who do a lot of multi-tasking online. The new status bar will have indicators for new activity (new links, new tags) within your network.

If you're unfamiliar with social bookmarking and or wondering if you should start using a social bookmarking tool check out this short video from Common Craft.