Dan was kind enough to point me to del.icio.us. It took me a while to find out that del.icio.us = Delicious! Well, it certainly is quite a tasty site. You can download a small utility for your browser (usually it’s a bookmark) so that when you’re on a page you like, click the bookmark and fill out a small form to add it to your list of delicious links.
You’ll notice at the bottom of my side bar, I have a feed of my latest delicious links.
What’s interesting is this concept has been around since the days of the librarian and HTML itself. A coworker of mine gave me a book about Information Architecture, and in it they talk about labeling data, but they stress the importance of a standardized vocabulary. For instance, if I’m looking for “Volvo” I would think to look under the “Cars” tag, while Joe might think to look under “Automobiles.” I can see where all of this tagging could be a problem for people looking through Google or some other multi-site search engine. We already see this problem on Flickr. I may have tagged a picture of the Capitol with “Washington” and “DC”, while someone else might tag it with “WashingtonDC”. However, it seems to work well within the context of a single blog or a single Flickr page. The author of the blog and the photographer have self-limited their vocabularies.
Sometimes I think I should have gone to school to be a Librarian. It’s fascinating! I love organizing things like books, CDs, databases, etc. But I hate cleaning my house. Go figure!