December 17th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

I’m reposting it here since access to the original post is extremely spotty right now.

Dec 17 2010

What’s Next for Delicious?

Many of you have read the news stories about Delicious that began appearing yesterday. We’re genuinely sorry to have these stories appear with so little context for our loyal users. While we can’t answer each of your questions individually, we wanted to address what we can at this stage and we promise to keep you posted as future plans get finalized.

Is Delicious being shut down? And should I be worried about my data?

– No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive.

What is Yahoo! going to do with Delicious?

– We’re actively thinking about the future of Delicious and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service and our users. We’re in the process of exploring a variety of options and talking to companies right now. And we’ll share our plans with you as soon as we can.

What if I want to get my bookmarks out of Delicious right away?

– As noted above, there’s no reason to panic. We are maintaining Delicious and encourage you to keep using it. That said, we have export options if you so choose. Additionally, many services provide the ability to import Delicious links and tags.

We can only imagine how upsetting the news coverage over the past 24 hours has been to many of you. Speaking for our team, we were very disappointed by the way that this appeared in the press. We’ll let you know more as things develop.

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December 4th, 2008 by Michael Sauers

ce87_1 I’ve been using Delicious for more than five years now (my first bookmarks were added on 20 August 2003!) and I can’t live without it. Granted, I still use the bookmarks toolbar in my browsers for the sites I visit constantly, but I consider my Delicious account my archive. I also use my Delicious account in a somewhat unique way in that I use it to organize the links for all my workshops and presentations.

Pre-Delicious when someone attended one of my workshops they would get a floppy disk (yep, remember those) which always contained at least one file, a Web page with links to all the sites I presented in class. Although this worked, there were problems, the main one being that there was no way for me to keep those links up to date for those that had attended a previous class. (This was also back when sharing wasn’t considered as important so part of the idea was to only give the links to those that took the class. I’m totally over that now.)

So, with Delicious I can just give attendees a single URL and tell them to go there and get all the links. For example, the links for my XHTML workshop can be found at This way as I change the class, and change the relevant links, the list is always relevant and up-to-date. And, because most of my bookmarks are public the attendees can explore beyond those bookmarks through to related ones via tags and the rest of my account through to the accounts of other Delicious users.

I also encourage the use of the Delicious tag clouds on library sites. So much so that the new version of the RVLS site (which I designed) has a Delicious tag cloud. The forthcoming redesigned Panhandle site will also include a Delicious tag cloud if everything goes to plan.

I could continue on for a whole book chapter on Delicious… wait, I already have! 😉

(Bonus points for figuring out the relevance of the image in this post.)

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April 4th, 2008 by Michael Sauers

I use a lot! I’ve still got a a set of my most used bookmarks in my browser for quick access but pretty much everything else goes into my account. Most importantly I use my account to post the links that are relevant to my workshops and presentations. For example, I’ve tagged all the links for my blogging workshop with "class-blogs". This way, I can sent all of the blogging workshop attendees to instead of giving them a piece of paper with a long list of sites and URLs on it. Also, with this method, after class, attendees can return to this URL whenever they like and see the most recent resources that I feel are relevant to the topic. I’ve been doing this for a little over two years now and all my students have grabbed onto the concept quite well.

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December 13th, 2007 by Michael Sauers

Bill Drew posted a mini-rant on his blog yesterday titled "Blog posts with no content". In this short post he complained about those who create blog posts that had no narrative but that "contain only links to things they added in" His reasoning: "If it is important enough for you to post a link in your blog, then write a full post about the topic."

Sorry Bill, but as someone who does the thing you’re complaining about (sort of) I respectively disagree. To explain the "sort of" I don’t post my links as a blog post but if you subscribe to my blog’s feed you will get one item per day that contains the items I bookmarked that day. Since most people read my blog as a feed, I believe this would count to Bill.

I post my bookmarks because people might be interested in what I’m currently researching, preparing for, or just looking into. On a day in which I have six new links to the Kindle, this would imply that I’m thinking about it. Recently I’ve been adding bookmarks for Web site dealing with Creative Commons. Not because I have something particular to say about it right now, but because I’ll be presenting a full-session on the topic at CIL2008. Maybe I’m bookmarking sites in preparation for a blog post in the next few days.

In any case, I like seeing people’s new bookmarks without having to get yet another feed from It’s something they’re doing and so I like all that info in one place. Ultimately, I find a lot of cool new resources from such posts so it’s worth my time to at least glance at them.

Now, as for reposting tweets on your blog, that’s the one that bugs me. Mainly because if I read your blog chances are you’re a Twitter friend too and I don’t need to see those posts twice. More importantly a day full of Twitter posts as a blog post completely takes them out of context of the conversation at the time making them mostly unintelligible.

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September 21st, 2007 by Michael Sauers

The folks at CommonCraft have done it again!

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March 23rd, 2007 by Michael Sauers

It turns out that more than 50% of requests for data from the site are from RSS, not humans. Because of this the folks at are working to improve what gets delivered via their RSS feeds such as “offering the ability to save bookmarks straight from your feed reader” and “displaying an up-to-date count of saves, without making items appear new again in feed readers”. More details on the blog.

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November 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Jo Haight Sarline, Denver Public Library

Carson Block, Fort Collins Public Library

John Sulshaw, University of Colorado-Boulder

Jimmy Thomas & Susan Staples, Weld Library District

Jeff Donlan, Salida Regional Library

Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library

  • Susan
    • 1st year w/ library system
    • previously in manufacturing and healthcare
    • invest in the virtual
      • how much can be put online?
      • online collaboration
      • online training
      • online surveys
    • translation services
      • 170+ lanugages
      • dial a number and get an interperter online
      • <$100/mo
    • Concact center concept
      • easy, catchy phone number
      • metrics
    • Hot
      • Copier/Espresso maker
      • USB cooler shirt
      • ID rings
      • DVD vending
      • bestseller vending ouside the library
  • John
    • mobile computing
    • new content & content management models
    • supporting users in an advanced age of technology
      • authentication
      • portals
      • blogs & wikis
      • increased collaboration
    • social networking
      • blogs
      • wikis
      • podcasts
    • MySpace
      • 84 million users
      • 2 million new users a month
      • 48mil unique visits
      • 51% of 13-17 year olds online
      • 79% are 18+
      • 25mil are over 30
    • YouTube
      • Google paid $1.65 Billion
      • 100 mil videos watched a day
      • 65k uploaded a day
    • What’s going to become of the ILS?
      • Disintergaration (Marshal Breeding)
    • Institutional repositories
    • Libraries need to support all this stuff
      • security issues
      • open source model moving to libraries
      • programming skills
  • Jimmy
    • (Aquabrowser)
    • OCLC Perceptions Report
    • Searches done at his member libraries (top queries in OPACs)
      • Google, Yahoo
      • My Account, Library Hours
    • Library Journal Hotline
      • The next library building
      • “place”
  • Jeff
    • Maximize use of the OPAC
    • Clean up our database
    • Having functional PCs for the patrons
      • Firefox
      • GIMP
      • Open Office
      • Picassa
      • Let patrons plug in their hardware
    • E-media market needs to be “better sorted out”
    • Skype
  • Carson
    • Building a staff that represent different parts of my brain but can also built on that
    • Deliver information to people without barriers
    • Be more involved in the culture
    • Second Life Library 2.0
    • Balancing abilities and constraints of what staff can do to meet the needs of users
    • Technology is not always the solution
  • Sharon
    • Dutch Aquabrowser guys are “hot”
    • Library Elf
    • Plinket
    • The Engaged Patron
    • LibraryThing
    • Free online e-books and e-audiobooks
    • Second Life Library 2.0
    • Searching for information is changing
    • Retrevr
      • Search fickr by shape & color
    • Aquabrowser
    • wikis
    • blogs
    • podcasting
    • YouTube
    • set aside time every week to look at something new
    • libraries have a “role to inspire”
  • Jo
    • Be the enabler for your cusomers
    • be there, be in those spaces
    • you feel comfortable, they’ll feel comfortable
    • downloadable media
    • convergence of everything
    • everyone is a creator
    • create a space where your patrons can be a creator
    • tagging content
    • no geographical boundaries
    • look outside the library world for ideas and solutions
    • be where your customers are complainaing about you
    • viral marketing
      • YouTube
    • gaming

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October 24th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Jesse Andrews, creator of BookBurro & lead developer of Flock

Beyond Browsing

  • About me
    • programmer
    • theoretical quantum computation
    • web deveopment
    • browser development
    • not a librarian
  • Greasemonkey & userscripts
    • the web as your playgound
  • Book Burro
    • userscripts grow into extensions
  • Flock
    • extensions grow into browsers
  • Browser 101: What are URLs
    • resolves to IP address
    • document returned bu that server is (not valid) HTML 4.01 transitional
    • IP address might have information about the URL
    • Google has info abt URL
    • wayback machine may have info
    • technorati may have info
    • browsers use these resources to show render a representation of the url
    • HTML has a recommendation
  • Greasemonkey
    • you provide the information about the URL
    • created bu Aaron Boodman (now @ Google)
    • simple idea
      • update pages
    • fix sites
      • add relevancy (link to Yahoo from Google results)
      • hide ads
      • remove myspace music/backgrounds/styles
    • new functionality
    • new ideas
    • Amazon Music Helper
      • Free legal music
      • lnk directly to the free downloadable MP3s
    • de-xeni
      • Boing Boing
      • removes risque posts
      • greasemonkey repository
      • built in 2 nights in ruby on rails
      • thousands of scripts
      • millions of page views
  • The day greasemonkey changed the internet
    • make requests outside yor domain
  • Book Burro
    • remixing books
    • open data – web services
    • screen scraping for ISBN
    • 300 (horrible) lines of JavaScript
    • unintended uses – acquisitions
    • Book Burro + Libraries
    • Book Burro + World Cat
    • Book Burro + Library Lookup
      • John Udell
    • Book Burro + Talis
      • Silkworm Directory
    • Book Burro + Book Mooch
      • Find in online swap sites
    • Future
      • Side project
      • ideas/requests? tell me.
  • Flock
    • open source social web browser built on firefox
    • flickr
    • advanced search
    • rss reader
    • blog editor
    • full text search of history/bookmarks
    • intergration

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October 23rd, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Karen Coombs, University of Houston
Jason Clark, Montana State University

Karen: Incorporating Web 2.0 into Library Web Sites

  • What is Web 2.0
    • Services to collaborate & share
    • movement toward more dynamic & interactice web
  • examples
    • social software
    • blogs
    • wikis
    • folksonomies
    • rss
    • APIs
    • AJAX
  • Radical Decentralization
    • Web site updated and created by many different people
    • wikis & blogs
    • librariy web site allows any staff to update any content
  • Small Pieces Loosely Joined
    • Combination of different technologies
      • wikis
      • blogs
      • CMS
    • Library’s CMS made up of modules for different content types
      • content is resuable throughout the site
    • any piece of the CMS can be replaced as needed
  • Perpetual Beta
    • deploy systems early and make constant improvements
    • users are part of the development process
    • deploy new systems to a small group of staff to test and help us refine
    • gather constant input and make continuous improvements
  • Remixable Content
    • APIs allow content to be incorporated into other systems
    • library web site can incorporate content from external sources
    • content which is part of the library’s site can be used on multiple pages
    • AJAX to add database link to any page, blog, wiki
  • User as contributor
    • allows users to add and update content
      • class wikis
      • wiki model for CMS
    • instutitional repositories for scholarly content from faculty, students and staff
    • library hosts blogs
    • user tagging and review content in catalog
  • Rich User Experience
    • multimedia, interactivity, GUI-style application experience
      • video
      • sound
      • screencasts
    • personalization and customization
    • space for collaboration and interaction
      • chat
      • VoIP
  • Demo of UofH’s CMS

Jason: Social Tagging and Folksonomies in Practice

  • Agenda
    • examples
    • define
    • suggest applications
    • pros & cons
    • where can you learn more
  • Examples
    • amazon
    • flickr
    • technorati
  • Definitions
    • Tagging
      • assigning descriptive metadata
    • Tag
      • The descriptive metadata
    • Folksonomies
      • taxonomy created by folks
  • Library use cases
    • find additional access points in library catalogs
    • assign friendly terms to indexes and databases
    • create communities of practice around library articles
    • organize a series of web pahes for a library guide
    • give users opportunities to label library web pages
    • Library applications
      • WPOPAC
  • Social Tagging: Why does it work?
    • embracessocal nature of the web
    • curency
    • scales to large datasets
    • offers a broader discovery model
    • adaptable
    • maps and displays simple relationships between items
  • What’s the Hitch?
    • lack of precision
    • lack of true hierarchy
    • vulnerable to “gaming” of the system
    • lack of a controlled vocabulary
    • users can be wrong
  • When to use it?
    • establish an architecture of participation
    • organize resources for a company intranet
    • allow a class to collaborate and buils a reference guide
    • build and refine library controlled vocabulary
    • anytime there is a browse or search function
  • Reference list…
    • ZoomCloud
    • TagCloud
    • (blog)
    • FreeTag
    • unalog
  • Final thoughts
    • design matters
    • scale matters
    • a new source of data

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October 20th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

dead.licious is a tool for verifying that all of your bookmarks in your accounts are still valid and gives you the option of removing those dead links. Unfortunately, it’s only available for the Mac. (Michael Stephens, let me know how well it works.) Someone please make a PC version of this.

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