This could be fun – New Bing Feature Lets Users Pin Images To Pinterest Straight From Image Search Page by Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Apr 12)
Delicious has connections with Twitter and Facebook. Sign in through one of those and have links you’ve tweeted or liked or entered there be captured in your Delicious collection. Good idea. Also some smaller improvements. Every bit counts. See the Delicious blog — Springing Forward at Delicious (Mar 28)
Will brands will help Google+ grow? This article in Search Engine Land suggest yes — 3 Out Of 4 Top 100 Global Brands On Google+, YouTube Use At 85% (Mar 12)
Google+ has now established itself firmly in the mainstream of social networking. A majority of the top 100 brands (three quarters), have active profiles. As more brands engage users, data suggest that those who have once held reservations may soon be looking toward establishing a strong Google+ presence.
I suppose that’s ok if you’re looking for brands. But can’t we find those in regular web search? Seems people go to the trouble of following brands because the brand engages them in some way. H&M has 2.49 million fans.
Companies are also using YouTube also to “engage customers”. How?
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of brands have an official YouTube channel, engaging fans and reaching millions of viewers. Collectively, the top 100 brands on YouTube have racked up an impressive 3.15B views.
Might be a good reason to stay away from Google+.
The new Delicious for managing and sharing bookmarks is now live and receiving favourable reviews. Matt McGee at Marketing Land called it a winner – The New Delicious.com Is Now Live & Looks Like A Winner (Jan 11)
Loyal users will likely be pleased, and people to whom using an online bookmarking service is new could be attracted to it.
The appearance is clean and pleasing.
A panel on the right displays all information about a bookmark. This includes an image from the page and comments people have added.This panel lets one “pivot” on a user – clicking on the name to see that person’s profile and tags – and to follow, if desired.
On an individual’s account, the left panel has list of tags which can be sorted by count or alphabetically, and tag bundles (if any). On a search at Delicious, the left panel has list of related tags.
Bookmarks are public by default, but they can be marked as private.
A bookmark in search results will show some tags assigned – but not all. To see all tags for a page, search on the url in Delicious – then view the related tags.
One can still somewhat pivot on tags – but it’s easier to run the search with #, as in #e-learning.
Delicious still does not allow two words as a tag – must make word phrases (such as web search) into one word or a hyphenated word, or use two tags (eg web and search). This can make searching Delicious more challenging since the user must think of the variations.
Good news is that tag bundles still exist for individual accounts and new bundles are easy to create from tags being used. However, I don’t see a way to search for them, or to see how a bookmark has been bundled.
Conclusion: There is a fair amount of function – still not as much as in its heyday – and you have to look for it. You will definitely want to read the Help page. If you are an existing user, be sure to get the new bookmarklet from Tools for your browser’s bookmarks bar – the old one won’t work.
Postscript Jan 23, 2013 – I didn’t notice this earlier, but delicious designers dropped the date the item was bookmarked on the main display! It does show on the single panel on the right for a selected bookmarks – but it looks like the most recent date, not the first. Hiding date like this greatly diminishes the usefulness of the service when searching across bookmarks, reviewing your own collection, or assessing what others have saved. Number of times a page was bookmarked is hidden too – and only shows in the right panel for the selected item. I think it’s clear that the designers never read the articles on how people used delicious to navigate.
Pinterest Grows Up & Goes Corporate With New Tools (And TOS) For Businesses, Greg Finn, Marketing Land (Nov 14)
Pinterest is a growing concern. Companies are pinning things. Companies that have started can convert their site to a Pinterest business site – http://business.pinterest.com/
How Content Providers are Using Pinterest Creatively, Lin Grensing-Pophal, EContent (Nov 14)
Pinterest is getting more and more interesting – it’s not just a place to put recipes.
“… other uses are springing up regularly as individuals and businesses find new, and increasingly practical, uses. Content providers are among them-using Pinterest to share information on the environment, events, jobs and more.”
Delicious Announces A New Design With A Focus On Community, Speed And Mobile, Drew Olanoff, TechCrunch (Nov 6)
Amazing – delicious is still alive and is testing a new interface. After it removed its “stacks”, which I had come to like, I figured it was in for a death sprial. But not so – the new look is attractive with better use of the right panel for previewing the bookmark – though I don’t see any new functionality, and delicious owners did not restore folders.
If you have an account, try the demo.
How Journalists Are Using Pinterest, ReadWriteWeb (Sep 25)
Pinterest is visual and fun. Journalists know that it will attract eyeballs and are using it more. For example, NPR – “The public radio network pins plenty of its food coverage, but also delves into music, books, technology and health. Branching off the from main NPR account, NPRMusic has its own presence on Pinterest, where music reviews, in-studio performances and artist interviews are presented in an eye-catching array of pinboards.”
StumbleUpon Gets “Pinterest-y” New Redesign & Enhanced Functionality. Greg Finn, Marketing Land (Sep 25)
Stumpleupon has rolled out a new interface that observes find very Pinterest-esque. Many new features.
Delicious – Features Update – Delicious Blog (Jul 20)
Good news: Connection with Facebook so that a link that you post there is stored as a delicious bookmark. Brilliant.
Bad news: Dropping Stacks – darn, just as I had begun to use them. Stacks are going to be turned into tags. Stack title becomes a tag. I think this is dumb – stacks are folders . Delicious used to have a half-decent system for folders that the new owners weakened when they brought in stacks.
Themeefy – attractive web tool for creating articles e-mag style with slides of text, images, video. Browse the collection for your interests and to get ideas.