Delicious Denial

deliciousI was once in Delicious denial; I had heard of Delicious as a social bookmarking site but really didn’t see the need to use it.  Sure, sharing bookmarks with everyone else is a nice concept, but I already had spent hours organizing my own bookmarks in Safari and was just fine with my own little system. What I wasn’t willing to admit at the time was that my little system of organized bookmark folders was not very effective.

The chart below describes my reasons for finally making the switch to Delicious:traditional bookmarks-vs-delicious

So what about your organized websites neatly tucked into a bookmark folder? When uploading to Delicious, the folders and sub-folders that you created on your computer will turn into tags – no need to redo anything! See how easy it is to use Delicious in the Tutorial below:

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So here’s where the “social” part of Delicious comes in:  If you think a website is useful to others who also read The Teaching Palette, add the tag “teachingpalette” (one word).  See the hundreds of art education resources we’ve already tagged here.

Useful Tips:

  • When using compound words such as “art history” do not leave spaces in between each word as they will separate into two different tags. Instead write “arthistory” or “art_history”. (I learned this one the hard way)
  • Use “tag options” to change or rename a tag.
  • Bulk edit is useful for adding additional tags to large groups of bookmarks or making selected tags on bookmarks private.
  • Keep in mind that although your bookmarked website will show up instantly in your Delicious account, sometimes it takes longer for the tags to register.
  • Use Delicious as your search engine – type in a tag on the Delicious homepage to see what websites others have bookmarked.
  • It never hurts to create a backup of your Delicious bookmarks from time to time. (Backup directions can be accessed when logged in)
Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • July 22, 2009


    You may also look into Diigo.
    I prefer it over Delicious.
    Why? I couldn’t really tell you. You are able to highlight pages/sections of a website and leave notes. Useful if you share websites in a class and want to focus on one area of a page etc.
    Not sure if Delicious allows this as it has been a while sine I have looked there.

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