STEVE CHEN AND CHAD HURLEY are the two reasons I'm still using Delicious as a social bookmarking service. [Image by Jim Wilson/NYT.]
Those two entrepreneurs have a vision that will change the home page at Delicious into browseable “stacks,” or collections of related images, videos and links shared around topical events. That's hyperlocal on steroids for me. They also plan to offer Delicious personalised recommendations for me, based on my sharing habits. At the moment, most of my sharing is among educators. I'm also trying to ensure my most advanced students get into the sharing routine as well because it's a life skill.
I throw out the example of Delicious as a source of information for tutorials, resources and inside information. Because of how I use the service, I find and frequently share things via Delicious on Twitter. The new Delicious should offer me a very easy way to save clusters of links in a collection that someone else can browse. I will be putting this to the acid test in December as I expose "essential information about emerging technology” to students who are taking an "Emerging Technology" module at Limerick Institute of Technology. Delicious was set up to share from its very beginning. I figure that it's worth staying with an original Web 2.0 facility while also bringing my content across to Pinboard.
Most importantly, I'm really glad Chen and Hurley are putting their shoulders to Delicious.
Jenna Wortham -- "YouTube Founders Aim to Revamp Delicious" in the NYT, September 11, 2011. Photo shot by Jim Wilson, The New York Times.