A Delicious way to organize my addiction

23 03 2009

So, I sort of love my Delicious account.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessively organized and don’t like mess.  At all.  Hence the Delicious love.  Before I discovered the social bookmarking site, I rarely bookmarked things that I randomly came across because I didn’t want them cluttering up my neat and tidy bookmark list on my computer.  I thought of my bookmark list as a place only for the websites that I visited regularly, not something I happened across and found interesting.  I refused to be like my father who bookmarks anything and everything and has literally hundreds of things bookmarked on his computer with no organization whatsoever.  The chaos on his computer actually upsets me to the point that I avoid using it.

So, imagine my delight when I found Delicious.  I finally had a place for all my random stuff that I didn’t want cluttering up my bookmark list – all those blogs and articles that fuel my TV addiction.  Now it’s just second nDelicious TVature for me to bookmark things on Delicious and put them into neat little categories with tags.  Life is good in my organized bookmarking world.

Looking at my bookmarks, it doesn’t really surprise me that about a quarter of them are tagged with “TV”.  I love reading blogs and articles about what’s going on in my favourite shows.  Every day, I’ve got things popping up in my Google Reader from TV websites and blogs that I follow, and when I find something really interesting, I immediately add it to Delicious.  Or, a lot of what I bookmark actually comes right from Delicious because I like to see what TV-related stuff other people are finding.  I can’t even explain how many websites I’ve found through the “Explore Tags” tab on Delicious that allow me to watch TV online.  I definitely owe the person who thought up that genius idea – I don’t even want to take a guess at how many hours of shows I’ve watched on the sites that other people bookmarked.

In his blog, “Blog for web development“, Nik Chankov draws a really interesting connection between social bookmarking and television:

“I think that Social Bookmarking Networks (SBN) are the same as TV. Why?

“Because in SBN you don’t spend time on watching commercials, but at least 2/3 of the news are not related to your interests, so you just read the title, but it’s a waste of time, isn’t it? They are also addictive, because I always wanted to know is there something new around and I open my RSS reader more than checking my e-mails.”

It would appear that I’m not the only person out there addicted to scanning RSS readers and listening to the groundswell.  According to Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff’s book Groundswell, the term refers to “a social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need from each other.”  I feel like this is exactly what I do when I’m looking for what’s new and interesting in the TV world – I turn to other Delicious users to see what they’re bookmarking.

For example, today while perusing the “TV” tags on Delicious, I came across something that piqued my interest called the “Battlestar Galactica Frak Map“.  Since Battlestar Galactica is a huge guilty pleasure of mine, I simply had to know what this was.  When I clicked on the link and found an elaborate map linking together all of the show’s characters based on who had been romantically and/or “intimately” connected, I was so amused that I bookmarked it on Delicious and immediately told a friend who is also a fan of the show to check my Delicious account for the link.

I’m sure I really don’t need any more ways to engulf myself in TV, but I think it’s pretty obvious that my love for TV isn’t exactly rational.  But, at least it is organized!