October 10, 2007

Interesting use of a del.icio.us account

Writing about web page http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001297.html

I like the idea of creating a del.icio.us account to create a tag cloud relating to a particular collection of web documents… as described in this blog. It is a way of helping to keep the number of tags in check. I believe that my del.icio.us account needs weeding because there are too many tags on too many different topics. The Institutional repository ones will gradually be moved over to Blue Dot anyway, but perhaps there are other ways I could consider using del.icio.us

I set up a eurekster swicki a while ago on copyright, and that has a handy tag cloud that grows as others use it. I wonder whether a themed del.icio.us tag cloud would be able to achieve the same functions as a swicki?

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  1. Britta Meyer

    Hi Jenny-

    You posted an interesting question on comparing a swicki with a themed del.icio.us cloud. Here at Eurekster, we view the swicki as a community-powered social search and discovery engine that allows you as a publisher to provide a customized search experience for your community, and enables your community to participate through their usage, as well as through explicit actions like voting and commenting on results, so that with every search your users enjoy even more targeted and relevant results. The swicki widget (searchbox and buzzcloud) features keywords of popular searches and topics of interest to your community, the results page links to targeted and relevant web and blog content, images and videos. By comparison, del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site, allowing you to manage and share your favorites on the web instead of in your browser, so a tag cloud would link to your bookmarks, not a results page. While both services are described as “social”, they really address very different use cases.

    PS: Thank you for using the swicki and featuring the search widget on your site! How do you like it so far? I tried a few searches on the copyright summit in Brussels earlier this year and noticed you configured your swicki to only show text links, no multi-media results. There are some interesting videos available on the summit, so if you wanted to add those to your search results, you can easily change your settings.

    18 Oct 2007, 23:45

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