This series of short articles explains some simple and free ways to use the internet to keep tabs on the subjects you’re interested in. I’m using East Dulwich as the example subject.
This article is about following Delicious bookmark tags using RSS.
In a nutshell: use your RSS reader to notify you whenever someone adds a bookmark to Delicious and tags it “eastdulwich“
The website del.icio.us (pronounced as “delicious”) is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter in late 2003, and was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
Instead of using Firefox “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” (sic) in Internet Explorer, you can save URLs (web addresses) of the pages and sites you want to remember to your account on Delicious.
This means you can access your bookmarks wherever you go, rather than being tied to using the same computer.
You can also share your bookmarks, and see other people’s bookmarks. There is an optional setting to make any bookmark private.
When you save a bookmark you can add tags – or labels – to describe it, to make it easy to find and to group it with other similar bookmarks.
This also means that you can use delicious to track the tags you’re interested in.
There is an RSS feed available for all tags in delicious. Adding a tag’s feed to your RSS reader means you’ll be notified whenever your reader picks up a new item.
As well as subscribing to feeds for tags you can also subscribe to feeds from people with accounts on delicious. My latest public bookmarks are at http://del.icio.us/beatnic and the RSS feed at http://del.icio.us/rss/beatnic
I have my own public delicious bookmarks automatically published to this website, resulting in posts with a title beginning “links for yyyy-mm-dd” (where yyyy-mm-dd is the date I saved the bookmarks).
Other social bookmarking websites are gaining in popularity – see this list on wikipedia – delicious is easy to use and one of the most popular, so should give a reasonable representation of what’s getting noticed on the web.