Up to a year ago I never kept any bookmarks. For a start I had multiple computers, and I also knew any collection I started using existing browser systems would be unmanageable within 6 months - so I avoided the problem by not bothering, and just spent a bit more time using Google and speculatively typing into the address box than was ideal.
Then (a year or so late to the party as usual) I found del.icio.us, and, with the help of a Firefox extension, I've not looked back. Here's a top 5 things I've done to make it work best for me:
- I've used a matrix of tags, crossing function, or action, of link (like "download" or "reference") with category (like "cars" or "CSS"). This gives a large number of tagging options, without generating a large number of tags: After a year I have half a dozen functions and 20 or so categories.
- Del.icio.us now has "Bundles" - this allows you to define a name for a group of tags, which fits in nicely with the action vs category idea above.
- One of my tags is "inbox". This is for stuff I don't want to store permanently (and so don't want to lose in amongst everything else) but don't want to deal with right now. It therefore also serves as a good place to visit when I find myself with a bit of spare surfing time.
- I've considered putting my work bookmarks in too - intranets, dev servers and the like. They're no use to anyone else of course, but for hotdesking and for the bi-annual data loss from "uh-oh, there goes the hard disk" vs. "hmm, that application doesn't seem to be part of my roaming profile" it can be handy. I chose against it for security & work policy reasons in the end, but it may work for you.
- The Firefox extension "Foxylicious" is the crowning glory of all this. This widget gets my links off del.icio.us and copies them into a folder in my browser's bookmarks. It can be set to nest tag combinations two levels deep (suiting the matrix I use too), using tags as the folder names. You can also use your bundles as folders too, which you may prefer.
You can see all this at del.icio.us/mathampson/.
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