How to build your Delicious network and find links

When I first started this blog, I frequently tapped a group of people on Delicious who consistently found and bookmarked web pages about linking, journalism and social media. That’s where I first ran into smart people like Publish2’s Ryan Sholin and Mindy McAdams of Teaching Online Journalism.

Here is the main method I used to build my Delicous network that I still turn to today to find useful and informative links, some of which rarely appear on Twitter or other social networks.

  1. Go to
  2. On the far right, type a topic into the box that says “Type a Tag” and hit return.
  3. When you see a list of links, click on “Display options” (near the top right of the list) and select a detail level of high.
  4. Right under the title of the page (“Recent [your topic] Bookmarks”) click on the “Popular” link.¬†You will see a list of recently popular pages about your topic.
  5. Under the first bookmark, you will see “First saved by: [user]”. Click on that user’s name. That is the person who found that page before anyone else on Delicious.
  6. Take a glance at that user’s bookmarks. If they consistently save bookmarks that you find useful, then click on the “Add to my network” link in the box near the top right of the page. Click “yes” on the confirmation message to add that person to your network
  7. Return to that list of popular links and add users who first found those other pages.
  8. To see links from your network, click on “People” at the top of Delicious, and select “My Network.”

Here is a look at popular journalism bookmarks this morning, along with four users you might want to add to your network.

2 thoughts on “How to build your Delicious network and find links

  1. Nice and simple! I'll pass this along to my coworkers.

    Come to think of it, I think I first became aware of you after you followed me on Delicious. So I guess it works both ways :)

    • Yeah, you could say that another benefit to using Delicious is that it helps to "raise brand awareness" and "increase number of connections." All social activity seems to have marketing side effects. Thanks for the comment, Paul.

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