What Is Delicious?

An Intro to the Popular Social Bookmarking Tool

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Delicious is a tool that's been around for a while now and is recognized as one of the leading platforms for social bookmarking. You can use it to discover, share and organize important links so you always know where to find them again later.

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How Are You Supposed to Use Delicious?

To get started, you need to sign up for a free account. Once you've done that, you can start adding links and discovering new links from the community or based on what people in your network are sharing.

Any link you find around the web that you think is worth saving, you can do with Delicious. The platform makes it easy to do that by offering a range of web tools that help you save new links with a click of your mouse.

The bookmarklet, for example, is something you can add to your browser. When you come across a great page online that you want to save to Delicious, just click that button. You can also get Delicious browser extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox.

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A Breakdown of the Main Delicious Features

Delicious is already pretty intuitive to use, but we'll break down each individual feature with a brief summary. There are seven main tabs you'll see on the left side of your screen when you've signed into your Delicious account.

Search: You can use Delicious itself to find great content around the web as opposed to searching for it on your own.

The search bar lets you search by tag name, username, keywords or combinations of those three options.

My Links: This is where you'll see a list of all the links you've added to Delicious. Whenever you add one manually, use the bookmarklet or one of the browser extensions, your links will show up here in a neat and tidy list.

Network: This tab basically represents your social news feed in Delicious. If you signed up for Delicious using one of your social accounts like Facebook or Twitter, then the links shared by the people you're connected to in this networks will show up in this tab if they also use Delicious. If you don't see anything in this tab yet, you can connect your social accounts to find your friends who are using Delicious.

Discover: Use this tab to follow specific tags related to your interests. Just click "subscribe some tags" and start entering some keywords. Links shared by other users with that added tag will show up. You can subscribe to as many tags you like.

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Trending: This is a new section added by Delicious that gives you a glimpse of the types of news stories and events that people are talking about right now. The tags and links suggested will be based on your interests. You can add any link to your own account and even upvote it or downvote it to contribute to the community-driven trending topics.

Add Link: You can use this tab to manually add a link to Delicious. Just copy and paste the link into the given field and then optionally edit the title or add some tags to help other users discover it.

Save it when you're done and it will appear in your My Links section.

Settings: This is where you can build a user profile, connect your other social accounts, import or export existing bookmarks, change your password and more. 

Delicious also has mobile apps for iOS and Android devices so you can save links easily when you're browsing on a mobile device too. Anything you save from the desktop web or on mobile will automatically be synced across your account so you always have the most up to date links no matter where you're using it.

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Updated by: Elise Moreau

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