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Social bookmarking

June 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Just started using social bookmarking del.icio.us in order to store all my geocaching bookmarks. They’ve been starting to clog up my google bookmarks (accessible no matter what computer I’m on – yippee) so I needed a way of collating them such that I could access them on any computer.

Using tags, I started putting them into delicious. I then began to save the geocaching blogs and other related websites with the appropriate tags. As I did so, I explored the other features of del.icio.us including the ability to display the number of other people who have used the same tag. For example geocaching.com is tagged by way over 2000 people; even the geocaching blogs are tagged by two or three people.

What you can also do is follow the links to other things tagged by the same people. I started getting distracted and, in following up some of these links, I stumbled upon the concept of earthcaching. This is a subset of geocaching and involves usually virtual caches where the key idea to “bag” them is to solve some sort of geological riddle in order to learn more about how the planet has and is being shaped by geological processes. http://www.earthcache.org/

I’ve looked into some of the most active cachers in this category which, incidentally, is listed on http://www.geocaching.com/. I think I could obtain my requisite ten case studies from this group alone.

And all thanks to social bookmarking :)

Tags: by Gill · Social Networking

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Anesa Hosein // Jun 21, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Well … I loaded up del.icio.us after you spoke about it … haven’t done anything academic with it as yet – but it is useful when I store links here on my OU computer and need to find the links at my home computer as well.

    (For some strange reason this wordpress version I have is in German I think!)

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