It is generally believed that a
is a copy of the URL of the computer onwhich we work (in the folder Bookmarks/Favorites of the browser), and that it designates avirtual place where resources of any type (web pages, media files, or any other online entity)can be later accessed/downloaded.
is an online means of storing,classifying, localizing and sharing these Internet resources, according to individual needs andinterests
. There are numerous applications which follow the social bookmarking path, bothfor links (furl, ma.gnolia, diigo), academic articles (connotea, citeULike), and for blog posts(technorati), images (flickr), news (digg), maps (Frapper, Wikimapia) or for annotating audio(odeo) and video podcasts (youtube) etc. However,
has become very popular (especially with non-technical users) because it represents a simple way of identifying,organizing, classifying and sharing sites. In addition, it is free and can be accessed anywherein the world where there is an Internet connection based on an account which requires only basic information to be created (user name, password, and email).
(http://del.icio.us) is a free Internet social bookmarking service, a specialsoftware for identifying, organizing, storing, finding, classifying and, at the same time,sharing favourite web resources, not only among browsers and work places, but also among people. The site appeared at the end of 2003 and now belongs to Yahoo (but any Internet user can still resort to the system).In 2001, Joshua Schachter, the wall Street analyst (considered the youngest innovator of the year 2006 by the Technology Review magazine) realized he had a big problem with hisonline resource collection, initiated at the beginning of 1990 and called MemePool, because itcomprised 20.000 items. So, he designed a small MuxWay application which allowed him toclassify links by attributing short tags to resources. Soon after, a thousand users had alreadyvisited his site, which determined Schachter to consider developing the application in the bestinterests of Internet users. Thus, in December 2003, MuxWay was replaced by del.icio.us, oneof the few services which managed to metamorphose the information on the Web: from amere collector of links, del.icio.us turned into a resource organizer.The name of the application was chosen to underline the need for using a simple andefficient instrument to organize web pages, but also its American identity (the last two letters.
stand for the first rank Internet field, just like we have .
).Since Yahoo bought it in 2005 (for approximately 30 million dollars, according torumours in the press at the time), the number of users has rapidly increased. For example,only between January and July 2006 (according to HitWise), the traffic increased by 122%(but it had a slight decrease in the following period). Without any publicity the site reached, inSeptember 2006, a million users
(according to statistics on the del.icio.us blog
). Thus, onlythree years after it appeared in the virtual space, del.icio.us managed to convince users of theadvantages of being included in such a community. Recent data (June 2007)
show thatdel.icio.us occupies the fourth position in the top 25 most visited social bookmarking sites.
Lists of social bookmarking applications/services can be accessed at Listio, eConsultant, or 3Spot.