Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Do we need to setup a Delicious account


When reading through Ingredient 1: Social Bookmarking, are we supposed to follow the directions (starting with the section the Procedures) and set up an account on the delicious site or just read about?

No, you do not have to set up a delicious.com account.

Chapters for the "Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning" book are provided as additional background / supplementary reading for our course, but they do NOT include your course requirements.

Course requirements are listed on our T4T course website. In the case of Week 2: Social Bookmarking, those are spelled out on the page for that week. Nothing is mentioned there about setting up a delicious account, so you don't have to.

That said, some people may be interested in setting up and using a delicious account as well as a Diigo account. One reason is for backup purposes. I am certainly among those who hope websites like delicious.com and diigo.com won't go bankrupt and cease operations, but that is always a risk. It is possible to setup your Diigo account so everything you save automatically cross-posts to Delicious. I have my accounts setup this way, so I actually have TWO versions of my social bookmarks on two different sites. This is an advanced thing to do, and is NOT something students in T4T are required to do. That gives you a bit more background about this, however.

I like the collaboration aspects of Diigo which Delicious does not offer, but I still think Delicious has a very straightforward and simple design which makes it easier to navigate. I actually had difficulty deciding which tool for social bookmarking to for T4T this term, but settled on Diigo because of the thriving groups it has and some of its more collaborative functionality. The core saving / tagging features are the same on both Diigo and Delicious.

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