del.icio.us tools

Jeremy Zawodny posted today talking about his thoughts for archiving and recording browsing history using a sort of personal del.icio.us. Now, I've heard quite a bit about del.icio.us recently, but never could quite work out just what it was for or did.

Jeremy's post tonight gave me the urge to look into what it was again, and believe me - it's well worth taking a look at. Dave Shea (author of Mezzoblue) is quite right when he says "I made the mistake of not looking into this sooner".

del.icio.us touts itself as "a social bookmarks manager". It allows you to store, view and sort all of your bookmarks from one central website. However this is just the start - as other people add their own bookmarks, indexed and sorted with their own tags and keywords, the entire repository of bookmarks begin to be grouped into relevant categories.

For example "css" is a fairly common tag in the system. By grouping all the relevant bookmarks by that tag, we can easily see and explore all the bookmarks that del.icio.us users have tagged as being related to CSS.

Awesome. This feature alone makes finding new information on topics you're interested in much much easier.

Incidentally, if you wish to browse through my (very new) list, it's available here.

Also tonight I was reading a set of interesting (although old) comments on trends in web design. Although points 1,4 and 5 don't seem to me to be much more than personal taste (although font size is obviously an accessibility issue too, but that aside), point 2 and 3 have some genuine benefit, and are worth taking note of.

As you might notice if you head back to the front page, I've taken point 2 to heart and trimmed out some of the extra content. This brings the front page down to a more manageable ~15k (so approximately 2.5 seconds upload from the connection this server is on) as opposed to the previous ~35k (~6 seconds) worth of data. I think it looks a bit neater too.

I had also intended to discuss my exploration of Ruby last night, although I think that's a story for when I am not falling asleep. I can assure you, however, that Ruby is extremely interesting, and this e-Book-thing is a great place to start.

I'm looking forward to when ELX get my shiny new book here.