Friday, November 14, 2008

Neat and Tidy

Many educators and students love Delicious, Diigo, and Google Notebook and use both of these productivity tools quite often. Being able to bookmark, tag, and annotate web-based resources and subsequently access them anywhere makes teaching and learning much more efficient and effective. That said, it seems that more schools would be encouraging instructors and pupils to employ and refine their use of Delicious, Diigo, Google Notebook, and related tools (i.e., services like CiteULike, Furl, LibraryThing, Ma.gnolia, Mento, Shelfari, et cetera) . After all, plenty of savvy businesses see the value in having their employees collaborate as they collect, categorize, and communicate the whereabouts of rich content. Simply put, the application of social bookmarking is a skill that 21st Century workers and leaders must possess.

Although, it doesn't really belong with social bookmarking tools, per se, it's easy to see why teachers and students will soon become infatuated with Tidy Favorites. Despite living in the age of hyper-connected content and collaborative consumers, there's still a need for private bookmarking. As archaic as the practice seems, some people still have a desire to save bookmarks on one particular computer. Those folks should check out Tidy Favorites. Why? Simple: people using Tidy Favorites can peruse their favorite personal bookmarks using an intuitive visual search engine and dashboard. True, Ma.gnolia uses pix, but what Tidy Favorites does is a little different.

As promising as Tidy Favorites is, it would be so much more robust if, like Delicious, Diigo, and Google Notebook and other tools, the content being bookmarked could be accessed via the web. The visual search feature is a killer attribute that others will probably emulate.

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