Delicious: a social bookmarking service

The Delicious social bookmarking service provides a place in the “cloud” to store bookmarks to online resources and tools making the data available from any computer with internet and account access (“Cloud computing,” 2009).

There is a range of functionality available, Delicious users can save their own bookmarks, tag them and add comments to each saved resource.  Organisation of resources is possible using the tags and stack functions to group like resources together.  While links saved can be public or private they are public by default allow others to see bookmarks.  Networks can be developed within the service for the easy sharing of links and information that is relevant to areas of work (“Collaboration tools, 2.0 style,” 2009).  Users can be followed and search functionality is provided together with the ability to edit or rename tags.  A Delicious bookmarklet can be added to any web browser toolbar to save resources as they are found.  Feeds of bookmarks are available in a variety of formats including those that allow for browser based mashups.  As with most online services, if users become dependant on them they can find themselves inconvenienced when technical problems occur effecting their access and they need to plan to back up their bookmarks using the tools provided for exporting.

Delicious can be used in a number of ways to support information and reference services, for example libraries have utilised Delicious in the provision of online subject guides using a combination of JavaScript and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to dynamically feed Delicious book marks into the library website (Corrado, 2008).  Helping students and other people learn to use social bookmarking has aided them to develop new skills and has exposed them to collaborative ways of finding and using information (Green, 2010).  Colleagues and other groups of people can easily collaborate by adding tags that make resources available to the group, for example using the tag INF206 may make resources searchable to a group of students.


Cloud computing (2009). Library Technology Reports, 45(4), 10-12.

Collaboration tools, 2.0 style (2009). Library Technology Reports, 45(4), 19-27.

Corrado, E. M. (2008). Delicious subject guides: Maintaining subject guides using a social bookmarking site. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research, 3(2), 1-19.

Green, C. (2010). Tag! You’re it! Experience at your library: Introduction to social bookmarking. Kentucky Libraries, 74(1), 4-8.

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