The big shock I had over the Christmas holiday was hearing the news that the social bookmarking website "Delicious" was being closed down by Yahoo. Delicious has always been in my top 10 favourite online tools because it allows me to store my favourite websites in a portable way that I can take from computer to computer. I also use it as a basic ePortfolio in which I display citations about my work.
Reflecting on my use of Delicious, it has dawned on me that I do not use it in a social way...I do not use it to share with others and I rarely check out other people's collections. I have tried to use it as a research resource for students but have had similar experiences to educators such as Anne-Marie and found that students have not engaged with it at all. It looks like my experience is not out of the ordinary - Alan Cann has also talked about Delicious being a storage tool only. So is social bookmarking all it's cracked up to be?
I think social bookmarking is vital and is going on all the time...we're just using different tools. Twitter and Facebook are the tools I use to share the resources I think people would find useful.
As for Delicious, it appears to still be up and running. Yahoo is currently talking about selling it as opposed to shutting it down. In the meantime I am taking Alan's advice and trying out other tools for storing my bookmarks just in case Delicious does suddenly disappear. At the moment I am looking at Google Bookmarks but am interested to hear about other tools as I am keen not to place all my eggs in the Google basket.