- if you know what name (or “tag”) people use for something, Google is as effective, if not more, in searching for it (let’s take “screencast“) than del.icio.us is
- if you don’t know what other people call it, you’re lost, cause there’s no standard, no common vocabulary
Jaysea, I’m not sure whether you had a look at the screencast showing how del.icio.us helps to develop a common vocabulary? I do have to admit that the way it’s demonstrated, might not be really convincing, because it’s basically tagsurfing and looking how other people have tagged a specific link after the link was already submitted. That’s something people rarely, if not never do.
However, have you tried the “experimental post to del.icio.us”? Have a look at this nice explanation and screenshot: before submitting a post, you see a list of popular tags, your own tags, and the intersection of both: the “recommended tags”. So you can learn what tags other people use, and copy them with one click!
Another nice tool to take advantage of the “social aspect” it the Del.icio.us Firefox extension. Even when you don’t want to bookmark an article or page your reading, CTRL + SHIFT + Z gives you a list of the del.icio.us postings on a URL: for me this is a quick way to check the relevance and meaning of a certain page.