Putting my blog posts into del.icio.us also allows me to see who else tagged these posts to determine the ones that others found useful enough to tag in del.icio.us.This was a bit of an aha moment for me. I went back to my post: Activity in Last Six Months to see what Page Views, Time on the Page, Number of Comments and number of del.icio.us Bookmarks might tell me about my top ten posts (counted by page view). The table below may require you to visit the blog to see it correctly...
|Blog Home Page|| |
|1. What is eLearning 2.0?|| |
|2. First Time Visitor Guide|| |
|3. Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog|| |
|4. Rapid eLearning Tools|| |
|5. Fun Headline Generator|| |
|6. Personal Learning for Learning Professionals - Using Web 2.0 Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective|| |
|7. Incredibly Cool! Vision of Future of Application and eLearning Development|| |
|8. Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools|| |
|9. Second Life and Learning|| |
|10. Software Simulation eLearning (w/ links to Tools)|| |
In looking at these numbers and thinking through what they mean.
- Page Views shows interest in the topic, but may not indicate value. Just because someone came to the page doesn't mean that they found valuable content. For example, the post Fun Headline Generator is a neat little tool, but certainly not worthy of being the 5th or 6th most popular post. The amount of traffic is an artifact of search terms.
- Comments indicate interest in some discourse around the topic, but ...
- del.icio.us Bookmarks to me indicate what I think is my most valuable content. And if you think about it, those posts naturally are the ones that people feel they may want to come back to later. Note that: Fun Headline Generator didn't garner any bookmarks because while I may think it's a fun little tool, even though people visit, they didn't think they'd use it (or they would have bookmarked it).
- eLearning Technology: Informal Learning - Let's Get Real
Now I know that this is what everyone has been telling us for a while about the value of social bookmarking and sites like Digg. Somehow, I never made the connection to helping me for MY CONTENT. Because there's no obvious view in del.icio.us for this information, my suspicion is that I'm not alone in missing this opportunity.
So now that I've finally caught on to what Bill Ives obviously knew (and lots of other folks), what I'd really now like to have is a widget from del.icio.us or someone producing a widget using their API that would be able to produce the most bookmarked pages from a given domain (mine) over a given period of time (e.g., all time, during the past 30 days). I could put this widget in my sidebar to tell people what my best stuff is. And tell people what the most valuable stuff is over the past 30 days. In fact, this would allow me to redo my First Time Visitor Guide with content from this widget.
Does this widget exist? If not, can someone write it for me?
And, can you even produce such a result in del.icio.us itself? Can you show me the pages in descending order according to number of bookmarks that occurred in the past 30 days? Or even over all time? I couldn't figure that out.
As I'm thinking about it, this would be a great tool to have to explore a given blog/site to see what people have found as valuable. So maybe this should be another button to add to the browser that I could click on any domain to show me what the important pages are on that domain (as judged by del.icio.us users). It could also show me newer stuff that people found was important. Since many bloggers haven't caught up with having their own First Time Visitor Guide this gives me one somewhat automatically (and I don't have to rely on the opinion of the author).
I realize that this approach suffers from the same possible abuse by people who want to spend time bookmarking (or digging) stuff that they want to elevate. But, if all they get is having a post in my blog that is elevated there's some possible abuse of this by having people come in and bookmark particular posts of mine that mention them or something like that. I'm just not sure that someone is going to spend the time to do that when the effect is so limited.
Curious what people think?