I use del.icio.us, and I love it. It’s not without it’s problems though. Due to sheer weight of numbers, more often than I’d like, the server is flaky, and some of the tags are so busy, that it’s impossible to keep up. And some of those tags are so spammed out that it’s not worth keeping up.
Enter Yahoo’s MyWeb2.0, a reasonably well known service, but a vastly underated one in my opinion.
I’ve been using Y!2 for a couple of weeks now, mostly to track tags the same way as you would delicious, but there are some very key advantages Y!2 has over it’s better known rival:
- It’s faster, more reliable
- It’s less used, so less spammed out, or full of rubbish
- It’s mostly used (from what i can tell) by fairly hardcore researchers so the level of information being bookmarked is stella!
The Usual Suspects
You can do all the normal things with Y!2 you’d expect with a bookmarking service, tag pages, read and subscribe to tagged pages, subscribe to individual users tags etc etc, but there are a few important differences.
- When you bookmark, you can make your bookmark private, or only for “your community” (people tagging similarly to you)
- The interface is cleaner, and easier to understand
- You can access your search history
Im aware that im likely to cop a bit of flak over prefering Y!2 to delicious, but for me it really is becoming a much more valuable resource these days.
There are a whole shed load of tools for Y!2 of course, including the ability to import from delicious (something i only just found out, and will do the moment i’ve finished writing) and bookmarklets and API’s.
All in all, Y!2 for me just floors delicious in terms of quality of information, uptime and usability — im loving it, and although it will likely not stay underused (hence not so junked out), for now, it’s a killer little research tool.
If you’ve not tried it, do 🙂