What it does: 

Web-based application for sharing and categorising links to any site on the web. Allows RSS feed so others can subscribe or you can integrate links onto other web pages.

When to use it: 

When you want to save, categorise and organise a number of webpages and have the ability to share them with others.

When not to use it: 

If you want to bookmark pages that you really want to keep private.


In English-speaking spaces since it is only available in English.


Allows you to bookmark a link for future reference by tagging or categorising it. You can easily view all the links by clicking on the tag. You can also share your links with other Delicious users.


You cannot change the look of your Delicious page.

Suggested use: 

When an NGO has a specific project they are working on, they could use a keyword, a 'tag', to identify it and promote this tag on del.icio.us.

Advocacy example: 

Global Voices Advocacy http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/ web page uses del.icio.us to keep an updated list of links to external stories about censorship.

Owned by: 
Your content: 

The service states: By posting content, you are granting permission to us and others to access and use it in connection with the services, the site and otherwise in connection with our business.

Security concerns: 

According to PrivacyInternational.org, Yahoo 'cooperates with governments with disclosure of information including the Chinese government'. (see http://www.privacyinternational.org/issues/internet/interimrankings.pdf)

Further notes: 

Searching for news and blogs on del.icio.us sometimes gets better results than Google because community members have sorted stories they most value.