I quite enjoyed “Become a Del.icio.us Power User” over at Web Worker Daily; especially the power tip to use a “review” tag for stuff you want to look at soon. I’d add a power-power tip: use the tag, then subscribe over RSS to your own reminder tag.
One tip in particular, though, stood out as unnecessary:
For those in horticulture, you know that you have to prune the dead twigs of the plant so the living twigs can flourish. This also applies to knowledge management. Take a few moments to review your links occasionally to ensure that they are still relevant. You can add more tags as time goes on to improve organization.
I’ve been tagging pages with del.icio.us since February 2006 and I have 600 links. Should I remove stuff? I don’t think so. As long as del.icio.us isn’t limiting the number of pages I tag, I see no reason to remove them.
Sure, I understand the argument: clearing out the junk means you’ll be able to find your own “good stuff” better. That junk will only get in the way. The problem is, the junk metaphor implies that space is limited. It’s not. The horticulture metaphor implies that the good stuff in my del.icio.us is being stunted by the bad stuff. I don’t believe it is.
Just because I’m no longer interested in sky diving*, for example, doesn’t mean my links in that tag aren’t still useful — especially to the rest of the del.icio.us community. While pruning is good for plants, I won’t use it on my del.icio.us.
* I’m not now, nor have I ever been interested in sky diving, it was only an example. I’m way too afraid of heights to jump out of a plane!