I’ve been using Delicious for social bookmarking for about five years now and even when Yahoo bought it and then decided to dump the service, I stuck with it (mainly because I was too lazy to start using something else).
One of the things that has made me carry on using Delicious has been the introduction of stacks, a way of grouping together links onto one page and under one URL.
(There are a list of alternatives to Delicious here).
Over the last few months a few of us on Twitter having been trying to persuade people not to hold balloon releases because of the serious harm they can cause to wildlife. We had been sending around single links to a report here or article there but then it occurred to me I could use Delicious stacks to create a more compelling resource.
I’ve also created a stack of my favourite Twitter resources that I can send out to people whenever they ask me questions about it. As new resources come out I just add them to the stack.
What do I like about stacks?
- You can curate a set of resources under one link, which is then easy for people to share.
- The look is somewhat like the page of a newspaper, which can help people to pick up the overall theme quickly.
- Contributors can suggest links you might like to add to your stack by leaving a comment.
- People can follow your stack so that they’re notified of any changes or additions.
- You can rearrange the order of the links in a stack.
- You can invite other contributors to work on your stack.
What don’t I like about stacks?
- You don’t have a huge amount of control over the way each entry appears.
- Each entry picks up bits of descriptive text included with the link and it can get in the way.
- If there’s a picture already associated with a link then it appears in the stack but if there’s no picture there’s no way to add one.
- It would be nice to add a bit of formatting to the descriptive text of each link.