Del.icio.us is a great way to keep track of anything that captures your attention on the Web and to share those things with people with similar interests. Del.icio.us tags are simply keywords you add to add context to RSS feeds, articles, Web pages, blog posts, photos, even music you discover online. When you set up your bookmark page on Del.icio.us, not only can you see the pages you’ve you tagged, you can also see related articles from other people who tagged the same pages or used the same tags as you have. Since every Del.icio.us page has an RSS feed you can also subscribe feeds based on a given subject, user, URL, or tag.
You can use tags to organize
information you find interesting, but the real magic of Del.icio.us is in its
social network. Simply put, Del.icio.us is a powerful tool for sharing your
attention. I am frequently surprised with the great material I find by
exploring the articles that have captured the attention of other del.icio.us users.
When you find a Del.icio.us user who seems to have a gift for finding great material you can subscribe to a feed and every new article tagged by that user is sent right to folder in Attensa. In searching on attention, attention.xml and AttentionTrust.org I ran across Steve Gilmorr’s bookmarks. Now I’m automatically receiving any post regarding the subject of attention that Steve thinks is worth tagging. It’s better than searching. There is something inherently better about the articles Del.icio.us suggests. It’s a pure crystal attention stream.
OK. I’ll admit it. When I first went to check out Del.icio.us I got a wicked case of MEGO (my eyes glaze over). I couldn’t figure out what was going on until Eric Hayes walked me through it. I don’t think I’m alone in saying Del.icio.us is cryptic. But, once you get the hang of it, Del.icio.us opens up new doors.
We are using Attensa to de-geek the process of adding Del.icio.us tags. You can add tags to articles using a pull down list in Attensa for Outlook and by using the Attensa Toolbar for Internet Explorer. When you tag articles with Attensa your bookmark list on Del.icio.us is updated and synchronized automatically.