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How Delicious Works

        Tech | Social Networks

Using Delicious
To save bookmarks on Delicious, you can either install applications onto your browser or log into the Web site.
To save bookmarks on Delicious, you can either install applications onto your browser or log into the Web site.
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Although Web surfers usually can click and drag URLs or icons into their browser's bookmark folder or toolbar, saving bookmarks on Delicious is a little bit different. In fact, there's more than one way to add bookmarks to Delicious.

After setting up an account and getting your username and password ready, you can do one of three things once you come across a site you'd like to mark. Delicious recommends using a browser add-on. This installs a small application onto your Web browser (a button) that reads "Tag," and clicking on it brings up a separate window that lets you save the bookmark.

There's also what's called a bookmarklet, another small button that specifically goes onto your bookmarks toolbar. The third way, however, represents the original way to add a bookmark. By simply accessing the Delicious Web site and logging in, you can manually create a bookmark by clicking on "Save a new bookmark," which is often on the top right of every page. This last option is what comes in handy when you're not at your personal computer with the browser you normally use. And you can log into the Delicious home page from any computer with Internet access to keep track of your links.

Once you save a bookmark, you can also edit it, giving it a title, informative notes and tags. Tags, one-word descriptors that users can add to help remember and organize links, are one of the more important aspects of Delicious bookmarks, and we'll cover why they're so helpful in the next section.

It's good to remember that in order to save or edit a bookmark on Delicious, your browser should have Javascript enabled. This is for security reasons so personal data such as usernames and passwords won't be at risk, and although you can browse the site, you won't be able to store new information.

So where does the social networking aspect of Delicious come into play?