del.icio.us

I’ve been using del.icio.us for a few weeks now, and it’s Just Great. It’s an online favourites manager, and is easily the best I’ve ever used in that department. Once you’ve signed up for a free account you simply add a button to your web browser, and you click it whenever you want to save the page you’re reading. You can then add ‘tags’ to the link, to help you find it again later. Tags are basically keywords, so if you added wongaBlog you’d probably tag it as ‘blog’, ‘weird’, ‘monkeys’ and similar. All links I think people would find interesting are tagged with ‘wongablog’, and you can see these are displayed in a box on the blogroll. My entire links list can be found here. The front page of del.icio.us shows all the links that people have added, which is fascinating to browse. All tags (both general and specific to you) are available as RSS feeds, too.

Tagging, incidentally, is turning out to be way more intuitive than you’d think. flickr, Technorati and del.icio.us make heavy use of tags over more traditional folder structures, and I’m starting to agree with a blog post I read recently in which the author said he wished his hard drive could be organised in a similar way.

There’s also populicio.us, which displays the most popular links from the last 24 hours. This is a great way to find interesting sites in advance of the major websites catching on – I’d read the World Greatest Hacker post way before it started getting worldwide attention.

One of my favourite blogs is Lifehacker, and catching up on posts today resulted in many new del.icio.us links. For example, I’ve just set up the suggestions in this article on iTunes management, and it’s working great! I also found a tutorial on cheaply making a tivo-like machine, as well as learning that if you eat something 8-10 times you’ll start to like it (there’s apparently no genetic reason for us not to eat anything, it’s entirely learnt).

Most importantly, though, there’s this list of why geeks make good boyfriends, which you should forward to everyone you know.