I went back to del.icio.us recently to give it another try. I used it briefly before to help prepare an article on Intranet 2.0 with Kathleen Gilroy. It was useful for this short term purpose. However, I saw that the long lists would quickly get out of control. So I looked at H2O Playlist with its ability to have multiple playlists and to group these playlsts of tags into subsections. However, the process of adding new items is much more tiem consuming that the few clicks with del.icio.us. So I went back to it.
There is a bundling feature that I was not aware of before. "Bundles are a way to arrange previously-used tags into groups. For example, if you have the tags "design", "painting", and "moma", you may want to group these together into a bundle called "art"."
This is good but I have 66 items under enterprise2.0 and I am sure there will be many more. I do not need to bundle this tag with another one. I need to break it down into subcategories. For example, I used the tag enterprise2.0 to group all my blog posts on the topic as I do not have enterprise2.0 as a category on my blog and it would be time consuming to add it backwards (here is a needed feature for Typepad). Now I have many other items on the topic that are not from my blog of course. So I wanted to group the items from my blog under a subcategory and that was what I had hoped bundles was for only to be disappointed. I have the same needs for tagged items from other specific sources that I tag more than once.
If del.icio.us allows you to break down growing lists of items under a tag into subcategories that will be a big improvement. Until then the list expansion factor will limit its ease of use. If anyone knows how to break down a list of items under a tag into subsections, I would greatly appreciate if they share it with us. I could easily have missed it.
On the plus side, it took me less than an hour to go back through my daily blogs posts for over a year to find the enterprise 2.0 ones and tag them to del.ico.us. Of course this ease of use is one reason for rapid list growth. I will continue to try it and I added a del.icio.us link on my blog on the left side. I laos started a web2.0marketing tag which I am sure will get very long soon.
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. It was nice to see that most were tagged by at least one person. The top tagged ones in rank order were: