Social bookmarking. An interview with del.icio.us creator Joshua Schachter

Like for so many, bookmarking web pages has always been a chore for me. With multiple computers and browsers, it’s a never ending battle to maintain bookmarks across platforms. One option is to add the bookmark to the Yahoo home page but that involves multiple steps and is cumbersome. So I recently stumbled upon del.icio.us. del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site. According to Wiki, “Social bookmarking sites generally organize their content using tags. Social bookmarking sites are an increasingly popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the practice of tagging and inferences drawn from grouping and analysis of tags.” At first, I had no idea what the spelling of del.icio.us stood for. It wasn’t until I heard this interview with creator Joshua Schachter that I realized that it was pronounced “delicious”. Being a new user, I haven’t really explored all the features of the site yet but I have moved many of my bookmarks off my browser. One feature I would like to see is the ability to sort bookmarks by popularity. For example, when I search for bookmarks for photography, I get almost 282,000 results presented in seemingly random order. The home page does have a ‘hot list’ button but that only shows recent bookmarks. They should take a page out of Digg.com and YouTube and offer an option of presenting the results in a format selectable by recent, today, this week, this month, and this year.

Yahoo acquired del.icio.us last year and Joshua Schachter now works at Yahoo as the director of engineering in the social search group at Yahoo.

See a list of my bookmarks on del.icio.us