My point is you can find ANYTHING on the Web these days. And while my little story is one more of the value of search functionality, it does relate in a roundabout way to the topic of this tip, which is bookmarking. How? Because sometimes you find something in the mind-boggling, vast amount of information on the Web that you just want to shout about, or save for future reference (I have gone back and ordered five more electric hot beverage stirrers as gifts for friends). And bookmarking enables you to share your finds with others and save them for your future reference.
"Building applications with HTML 5" is not as exciting to me as an electric teaspoon, but I see that it is one of the most bookmarked items in developerWorks in the past 30 days. And I also see that "DB2 basics: Fun with dates and times" is one of the most visited bookmarks. As you would expect, the bookmarks being shared in My developerWorks are about technical topics in the IT world. There are more than 7,000 of them out there. You can see them here. While you're there, check out the "Getting started," "Learn more," and "Watch demo" links at the top of the page. They'll give you all the details about how to bookmark in My developerWorks, so I won't go into all that here.
What I want to share with you are tidbits of information I've discovered about bookmarks as I've been using them, some that will be obvious to you and some that will perhaps surprisingly delight you:
- You can bookmark anything you find on the Web that you want to share. It doesn't have to reside on developerWorks. Yes, it can even reside on msdn.net.
- You can see the most visited and the most popular bookmarks in My developerWorks.
- You can add bookmarks to groups, activities, and blogs. Learn how.
- You can add tags to bookmarks. Learn how.
- You can import bookmarks from your Web browser. Learn how.
- You can see what other members of My developerWorks have bookmarked. Learn how.
- You can search bookmarks. Learn how.
- You can add bookmarks to your watchlist. Learn how.
- You can create a feed from a bookmarks view. Learn how.
- You can export your My developerWorks bookmarks. Learn how.
- You can copy another person's bookmarks. Learn how.
- You can notify specific My developerWorks members of one or more bookmarks. Learn how.
So get yourself a cup of coffee, stir it up however you please, and explore the bookmarks in My developerWorks.