I started using del.icio.us in February 2005.
The first website I bookmarked was sorehead.org the website of my very good friend Kev. Sadly that website no longer exists. It was a bizarre, brilliant and beautifully crafted website which is greatly missed.
Over the 89 months since then I’ve saved 1935 bookmarks. That's about 22 per month. I’ve used 1104 different tags and used them 6538 times.
I’ve used, on average, 3.4 tags per bookmark.
Those 1936 bookmarks come from 1547 different domains (not much overlap there).
Top Twenty Domains My Bookmarks Belong To
- www.youtube.com — 28 times
- www.guardian.co.uk — 27 times
- www.slideshare.net — 19 times
- en.wikipedia.org — 17 times
- www.amazon.co.uk — 14 times
- www.flickr.com — 13 times
- video.google.com — 11 times
- www.smashingmagazine.com — 10 times
- www.bbc.co.uk — 10 times
- www.adobe.com — 10 times
- code.google.com — 9 times
- www.fontsquirrel.com — 8 times
- github.com — 8 times
- video.google.co.uk — 8 times
- gskinner.com — 7 times
- css-tricks.com — 7 times
- www.alistapart.com — 6 times
- www.digital-web.com — 6 times
- www.engadget.com — 6 times
- www.kirupa.com — 6 times
This next graph shows those Top Ten Tags as they were used monthly from 2005 through to the present.
That’s a bit confusing so let’s split out a few of them to see better. Here’s design and webdesign together. You can see that both have bumbled along, design generally dominating, until mid-2010 when suddenly webdesign goes crazy and has dominated since.
(I've added transparency so you can see both throughout)
Here’s an interesting one. I’ve been vaguely interested in flash for as long as I’ve worked with the web, but there was a time, just around the time I left Orange, where I did a lot of flash for a while. Interestingly this is represented here by the introduction of the as3 tag (actionscript is flash’s scripting language) which peters out around the same time that work stopped.
Another aspect of this is my changing use of delicious. I remember when I started out I used the tag toread a lot more, until I realised that I was never going back to read them at all and so I stopped.
Here you can see my fading use of howto against the gradual rise of inspiration. They’re mainly unrelated tags but I clearly changed the kinds of things I was bookmarking over this period.
(You could say this reflects my gradual career path from developer to designer … but I couldn’t possiblly comment.)
Just for comparision here’s a graph of the usage of all tags (not just the top ten) over the same period.
Delicious lets you enter a description for each bookmark you save so I took all those descriptions and entered them into wordle which produced this:
Nothing tremendously surprising in there really is there? Of course, I'm bound to have described most stuff I bookmarked as “good, nice, interesting stuff” although I love the way that “ just, might, work” have gathered themselves at the top right.
It’s predominantly full of positive words (why bookmark a site I hate?) and with the expected smattering of job-related terms.
It’s funny looking at this though how those predictable bookmarking phrases jump out at you. Given that descriptions are optional I can’t help thinking most people’s descriptions will be similar. Has anyone really used the description for more interesting content?
Still with me?
As you've seen at the start, my first bookmark doesn't work anymore and I was interested to find out how many of the others don't either. Rather than checking each by hand I wrote a little script to go through them and collect the HTTP Response Code from each website. This is a pretty crude measure as even a 200 ( success ) code doesn't tell me whether the content is the same (Kev's website in fact is a good example of this). Still... it was something I could do quite quickly.
HTTP Codes returned
- 200 — OK — 1154 bookmarks
- 301 — Moved Permanently — 352 bookmarks
- 404 — Not Found — 168 bookmarks
- 302 — Temporarily Moved— 125 bookmarks
- 303 — Redirected — 31 bookmarks
- 405 — Not Allowed — 20 bookmarks
- 403 — Forbidden — 16 bookmarks
- 410 — Gone — 4 bookmarks
- 500 — Server Error — 4 bookmarks
- 503 — Unavailable — 3 bookmarks
- 502 — Bad Gateway — 1 bookmark
- 406 — Not Acceptable — 1 bookmark
- 501 — Not Implemented — 1 bookmark
- 204 — No Content — 1 bookmark
- 203 — Non-Authoritative Information — 1 bookmark
Well yes but what does that actually mean?
I've broken that down into still there and
gone for a bit more clarity.
- Still there — 1664 bookmarks
- Gone — 272 bookmarks
So that’s a large majority which look like
they still exist and have at least some
content. I guess there’s a fair few of
them which have expired and have been turned
into link farms or something and you can obviously see
the red chunk that seem to have disappeared completely.
I started writing a few thoughts and reflections on Delicious and the way I’ve used it and ended up writing a whole bloomin’ essay. So I’ve stuck it on my blog instead.
Take a look if you want. Cheerio!