From Delicious to Licorize
For taking and sharing bookmarks there is Delicious, which is – was – great. Delicious is a social bookmarking web service which was born in 2003, and then was bought by Yahoo. See this blog post Tracking your Company’s Mentions with Del.icio.us for an example of “power usage”.
But maybe today we can do more than what Delicious provides. There are not only web site bookmarks that we want to track: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin are significant parts of the web. You may want to track status updates and also the pictures you can take in Evernote, for example. Bringing all these sources together in a project should be simple.
Why your Delicious bookmarks end up being an unreadable mess?
I’ve been looking at friends’ Delicious accounts, and asking how they’ve been using them. An answer I got frequently is this:
When I started using it it was great. But as I kept bookmarking, I never did maintenance, and old links that have become irrelevant are always there and I could no longer see what was relevant and what not. It ended being an unreadable cloud and so I stopped using it.
In Licorize too you preserve all bookmarks, but maintenance comes naturally from the fact that you distribute bookmarks into “teams at work” i.e. projects, ideas, presentations – and also because the user interface is more reactive and allows more “in place” actions. Delicious basic approach is flat – which is great at the beginning, but in time is not enough in many cases.
A note for Licorize alpha version: a great feature that Delicious has and Licorize currently doesn’t is sharing bookmarks at an URL – we’re building that and there too we are trying to do something better than a plain list. It will be something similar to what Flipboard does to Tweet lists.
As Licorize is immodestly though of as a replacement and expansion of Delicious, in it even in this alpha stage there is a owerful import function from Delicious to Licorize. You find it by logging in Licorize site, click on "settings", select the “Import bookmarks” tab and then click on “Import Delicious …”.
Before importing, you will need to export your bookmarks from Delicious, by going to http://www.delicious.com, log in, click on top on “settings”, click on “Export / Backup Bookmarks” , and then probably you should export those filtered by a few tags (see below).
Open the obtained .htm file in a browser, select all the contents – the links (not the HTML source) and paste it in Licorize text field. At the end of the import, you will also have a nice thumbnail of all imported sites.
A friend sent me as a test all his Delicious bookmarks to be imported in Licorize. It was 6300 bookmarks, and this is the result:
That loooong white strip on the right is the set of all tags for the 6300 bookmarks. Tags are meant as a way to organize and keep bookmarks in order, as a way to group bookmarks. When you end up having as many tags as bookmarks, or even more, tags become noise instead of information, and hence useless if not a bother. And if you use Delicious a lot, as we used to, you likely end up in such situation – because the tools for managing tags are not that practical, and bookmarks never get redistributed to.. projects, work, ideas. Collecting bookmarks and distributing and sharing them is exactly what Licorize provides.
Import from Delicious is a non reversible process: if you have imported 1000 bookmarks, you can’t delete them all in one operation. So the best way to proceed in importing from Delicious is to export bookmarks selectively, selecting the tags which are more important, and then using Licorize tag organizer and teams to put thing in order.