I've decided that I'm going to start a link blog of some sort. Right now I splice in my My Web 2.0 links into my feed, but I don't like how it clutters up my posts. I like sharing the links I find though, and have gotten a few emails to confirm that I should continue, but not in this feed.
I'm still looking into how I will populate it. There are several options besides writing my own code.
Currently, I use Yahoo! My Web 2.0 and stitch together that feed with this one using feedburner. But My Web is not convenient, and I'm starting to not like many of the features. First, it' slow. It takes several long seconds for the pop-up to appear with the interface loaded. This is very frustrating.
I should say that it may appear that I'm being a little harsh on Yahoo! lately. I mean, I do work for this company and they've done so much for me, but that's precisely why I am critical. I care very much for this organization and site. I want us to be as successful as possible. So my feelings about the user experience are voiced from that perspective.
Back to My Web 2.0 and social bookmarking. Another thing that I don't particularly care for with My Web and many other social bookmarking services, including del.icio.us, is the recommended tag feature. My Web is probably the worst offender because they make it so easy, but this kind of thing seems antithetical to what tagging and the concept of folksonomy creation is all about.
Suggesting tags based on other users behavior can foster groupthink. Tagging personal objects should be just that... personal. At least the classification part. If a natural pattern emerges out of that with the group, then terrific, but don't recommend tags based on that behavior. It will only add to the already difficult task of recall.
Recall is the ability to go back and actually find the site or object that you saved and tagged in the first place. There is not one service that makes recall easy. It seems that once you have saved and tagged the bookmark you can easily forget about it. It gets lost in the pile of all the other bookmarks you've saved. That's supposed to be the benefit of tagging; a way of categorizing your many and various objects in a manner that is most meaningful to you. But the tag structure can become unwieldy fairly fast. You then need to start tagging your tags; or categorize your tags which are categorizing your bookmarks. Things fall apart.
Unless you are very disciplined about how you tag your objects or bookmarks, it's easy to run into recall difficulties. There is no simple way to prioritize objects or give preference to them if you need to. Search then becomes the default recall application. But with My Web and other social bookmarking sites, searching seems like an afterthought. For the mainstream user, the benefit of social bookmarking services becomes more ambiguous.
So look for my link blog soon. I hope it will only add to the confusion and noise of what site you should visit next. :) The din is only getting louder that's for sure.