For over about a year I’ve been using del.icio.us to keep my bookmarks synced between work, home, and any other computer I use. Del.icio.us indeed is delightful, yet I’m missing some features and have encountered some – at least to me they appear as being such – bugs.
Let me start off with a feature I really like and that got introduced in March 2006: Private Saving Ryan, which enables you to save bookmarks as being private. Very handy since I don’t want everyone to know what I’m bookmarking. Yes, I’m a bit keen on keeping them private since del.icio.us not only holds my bookmarks, it also acts as a knowledge base for my everyday work: webdevelopment.
However, I do have some friends that I want to share my bookmarks with (those friends being – in no particular order – GoOve_, Dextro, JovanStanimirovic, sylter & cafeine.be), since they too are webdevelopers/webdesigners and I want to share my knowledge base with them, so that they too can benefit from some of the handy bookmarks I have. I can hear you all say that one can use the links for you feature (by using the for: prefix) to “suggest an URL to someone”. Well, I can say that it doesn’t work when you’ve set the bookmark to being private; this obviously is a bug to me. Above that, del.icio.us is very case sensitive. Having an URL tagged with for:goove_ will not show up at GoOve_’s bookmarks (even it shared publically); bug #2.
I’ve mailed the del.icio.us staff about this (only about the first one, as I’ve only discovered the second one a few days ago) a few months ago, got a reply back that they’ll look into it, but nothing has changed since then.
Elaborating a bit further on the private saving: it’s a neat feature, but wouldn’t it be neater (read: time-saving) to having an option named “set private by default”, so that one does not has to check the private box everytime one wants to bookmark an URI?
Taking the private saving feature to the next level, wouldn’t it be way more neat to define some users as “hey, this dude/dudette can ALWAYS see ALL my bookmarks, even the private ones”? Taking it even a wee bit higher than that next level, wouldn’t it be extremely neat to having an option to allow your network to see ALL of your bookmarks (of course the connection has to be mutual)? Now that would make the “private saving” and “network feature” very interesting (and combine them), and even give the “your network” feature a real goal, since the goal now – marking someone as your friend – doesn’t add any extra to del.icio.us imo.
Since I’m a bit freewheeling here (yet giving realistic suggestions and solutions), I was wondering what features others are missing, or want to see improved. I’m not talking about overhauling the concept of del.icio.us (thus no “add a discussion to URLs”, “make it digg like”, … although rumour has it that that might happen), but only some basic changes that would make del.icio.us even better than it already is. Some of the – already existing – handy features I’m hinting towards are, for example, integration of a thumbnail when having tagged a photo from flickr, and the playtagger when having tagged an mp3 (outlined in green on the screenshot below).
How can we improve del.icio.us? After all, it’s made out of the people, isn’t it?