Week Seven: Social Media and Public History

In class, October 9



Online: Social bookmarking

Tag some useful sources. Sign up for an account at Del.icio.us and tag some online sources that will be useful for your research.  What kinds of tags do you find yourself creating: person, location, event, date range, repository type? Are you trying to be systematic or not? Now look at the tags of some of the users who have also tagged things of interest to you. Does this lead you to resources you hadn’t discovered yet?

Tags across domains. Different sites allow social bookmarking across different domains. Del.icio.us, for example, is focused on websites, Flickr on photos, and Technorati on blogs. How do the results differ if you search for the same tag across these different sites? What do you think accounts for the differences that you find?

Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool.
Can you see the potential of this tool for research assistance? Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere?


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