I just passed the thousand bookmarks on my del.icio.us account and the winner of the number 1000 entry is: Semapedia.org as recommended in a comment by Erik. Close candidates were: number 999: Quickeo – Private file sharing with a simple email! and number 1001: Code bloat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I started using del.icio.us on December 9, 2005 and my first bookmark ever was appropriately titled Tagging: What is it Good For – Part 2. In the meanwhile I have discovered what tagging and del.icio.us are good for. I bookmark pretty much everything that I come across and find interesting. This has resulted in 35 objects that I have tagged ‘toread’ and still haven’t found time for to actually read. I tag my objects with whatever I think is relevant and I use a lot of tags instead of just a few. My associative thinking might change and the more relevant keywords I use the more chance I have of finding it back. I love the recommended tags and popular tags features and I use them quite often.
The only thing I don’t properly do is bundle my tags. I bundled a few tags for some university courses but the rest is a big gigantic unorganized list. Usually I can find everything in this huge unorganized list thanks to my abundant use of tags and associative thinking.
What I hardly use are the ‘links for you,’ I received only one link ever and it looked more like spam. I also hardly ever post links for the people in my network. The network is a good way to keep track of what your friends, class mates and likeminded people find interesting and now and then I just scroll through their list to see if anything interesting has been posted.
What I would love to see is the option to sort your list by frequent use. There are sites that I bookmark and frequently access through del.icio.us such as a bicycle route mapping site for Amsterdam. They have an URL I can’t seem to remember but whenever I go to del.icio.us I just search for bicycle, click and I’m done. I could bundle these sites or tag them with popular but I think it would be really interesting to display which bookmarks you revisit and how often. Because that is the whole purpose right, to bookmark sites for future reference? Nothing prevents you from bookmarking tons of sites but at one point you might want to clean up and delete those sites you have never revisited.