Social bookmarking & tagging: activities 1-3

Activity #1 – navigating Imperial Library’s del.icio.us page
Spend 5-10 minutes looking around the Imperial Library del.icio.us page. To get there, follow these steps:

1. Go to the del.icio.us homepage and click on the ‘Sign In’ link on the top right of the page.

2. Log in using the following details: username: imperiallibrary password: icl

3. After you’ve logged in, take a look at some of the tags on the right-hand side of the page. When you click on a tag, the websites that have been classified or ‘tagged’ using it will be displayed to the left of the page.

4. Near the top of the page you’ll also see a ‘Tag’ link (it’s located underneath the imperiallibrary’s Tags heading). Click on this link to open up a ‘tag cloud’.

A tag cloud or word cloud is a visual depiction of user-generated tags. The larger and bolder the tag the more websites have been bookmarked using it.

5. Click on some of the tags in the tag cloud to see what websites (and other resources) have been classified using it. Do you find these resources useful? Can you think of any other useful websites that could be added? If so, once you’ve completed Activity 2 you’ll be able to upload links and tags to websites you want to store on the Imperial Library del.icio.us page!

Activity #2 – setting up your own del.icio.us account and bookmarking/tagging some sites.

This activity has several steps:

Step 1.
Set up an account with del.icio.us. But remember to do the following during the registration process!

  • pay attention to the password requirements, and check your email inbox to complete the registration.
  • download the delicious toolbar widget into your Internet browser when prompted. This is very important!

Tip: Watch the YouTube clip in this week’s readings page to get a quick overview of how to set up a del.icio.us account. Please note: del.icio.us very recently changed its interface & this clip refers to the previous version of del.icio.us – but it’ll give you a good general idea of how to set up an account and to start bookmarking.

Step 2.
Once you’ve set up your account, bookmark and tag the Imperial Library homepage by using either one of these options:

a) Go to the Library homepage and then in your browser click on the deli.cio.us ‘Tag’ widget you installed when registering. (This is the widget you downloaded in Step 1.)

OR

b) Go to your account on del.icio.us, click on the ‘Save a new bookmark’ link to the top right of the screen and paste in the URL. Click on ‘Next’.

Step 3.
Add a description to your bookmark.
Often cutting and pasting a paragraph from the page saved is useful.

Step 4.
Add some tags and click on then ‘Save’ button.

Step 5.
Bookmark at least 10 other websites of your choice to your delicious account. Add descriptions and tags to each one of them. Remember: when adding tags, chocolate_chip_cookies and ChocolateChipCookies are both one tag, while chocolate chip cookies is three tags! So if your tag is a phrase and therefore has more than one word you need to make sure there are no spaces between the words.

Activity #3 (optional) – setting up your own Flickr account
This activity has several steps. It requires you to set up an account in Flickr, upload a photo and add tags to it. Before you start, you may want to take a look at some of the resources outlined below.

Step 1.
Go to Flickr. Familiarise yourself with the site by searching for some photographs. Have a go at searching on ‘Imperial College London’ & see what you find.

Step 2.
For the purposes of this activity, you need to have access to a photo. If you don’t have access to a photo, this is what you need to do:

  • Go to FlickrCC (Flickr photos available for use under a Creative Commons licence).
  • Find a photo you like by searching for it. (You just click on a small version of the photo on the left-hand side of the screen and a larger version of it will display to the right of the screen.)
  • When you see a photo you like on Flickr, right-click on it.
  • Select ‘Save Picture As…’ from the menu which pops up
  • Save the photo to your Desktop so that you can easily find it.

Step 3.
Now that you’ve surfed Flickr and also saved a photo, it’s time you set up a Flickr account.
a) Go to the Flickr homepage. Select ‘Create Your Account’ (NB: if you are not already a member of Yahoo!, then select ‘Sign up’ at the bottom of the ‘Sign in to Yahoo!’ box to join Yahoo! Enter the required data and select ‘Create my Account’)
b) When you have successfully signed up, you will see a screen that asks ‘Ready to experience Flickr?’. Select ‘Continue’.

Step 4.
Now you need to upload your photo.
a) Select ‘Upload your first photo’
b) Select ‘Choose photos’. When you select this button, you will immediately be given the option to browse the files on your PC. Browse to the photo you saved previously to the Desktop.
c) Double-click on the image you want, then select ‘Upload photos’.

Step 5.
Finally, you need to describe your photo so that you (and everyone else!) can find it.
a) Select ‘Describe your photos’
b) Add a title, description and some tags.
c) Select ‘Save this batch’

Resources
1. Take a look at this clip created by the CommonCraft team and made available via YouTube. It explains photo sharing really well. (Please note: You’ll need headphones to vie this YouTube clip)

2. How to Use Flickr – Basics & Beyond: an introduction to Flickr.

3. Newbies Guide to Flickr: another introduction to Flickr.

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