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Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better, Third Edition by Gina Trapani, Adam Pash

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Hack 16: Tag Your Bookmarks

Level Medium

Platform Web

Cost Free

The Web gets bigger every day, and so does your bookmark list. A social bookmarking service called Delicious (www.delicious.com) stores your bookmarks online and associates keywords (called tags) to each bookmark for easy retrieval. Storing your bookmarks online also makes them accessible from every computer you use.

The bare-bones interface of the Delicious service hides the feature-rich, highly hackable nature of this web application. Owned by Yahoo!, Delicious is a fantastic option for any web researcher or power bookmarker who wants to quickly access and organize web content that matters to him. This hack covers just some of the ways to use Delicious to manage your bookmarks, create a personal index of web content, and tap into the community to find even more useful resources on the Web.

Getting Started with Delicious

Register for a free account at www.delicious.com. When you’re signed in, your Delicious bookmarks will be available at www.delicious.com/username. A social bookmarking service means, by default, that all your bookmarks are public and viewable by other members of the Delicious community. If you like, you can set bookmarks as private on a case-by-case basis.

Add a Bookmark

The basic way to add a bookmark to Delicious is to use the save link at www.delicious.com/save. But that’s also the least efficient way. For faster bookmarking, go to the Delicious browser buttons area at www.delicious.com/help/tools ...

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