Community Spotlight: Fandom!

Delicious is full of passionate communities dedicated to saving and organizing their favorite things on the web. The world of fandom, and all those collecting the best fan works online, is a great example of this.

For those not in the know, fandom refers to the community of people who like to engage with their pop culture — be it through reading or writing fan fiction, creating fan art, dressing up as their favorite characters (a.k.a. cosplay), going to conventions, or any other way of expressing their love for an existing property.

This video from PBS’s Off Book series offers a great introduction to the world of fandom and the wide variety of people and sub-communities found inside it.

Even within a property’s fandom, there can be thousands of different websites dedicated to a single universe.  With so many fan fics and web rings and shipper forums and tumblr blogs to keep track of, it’s hard to not get buried in the clutter without a central location to house and organize all of those links. That’s where Delicious comes in.

An impressively structured tag taxonomy is often vital to keeping track of the best fan fiction on the web. We’re not just talking tags for characters or the fandom in question — many fans will meticulously organize their links using tags for themes, authors, ratings, completion status, length, and romantic pairings — just to name a few.

Because of the sheer volume of bookmarks a user can have, tag bundles are a useful way to group together similar items for later tracking or easy sharing with others. For example, Delicious user expastic has grouped all of their Harry Potter tags into a single bundle, making it easy to find links from that fandom quickly and a great catalog for other users looking for similar links.

Of course, these techniques can be easily applied to any collection of links, including yours. If you’re saving links across multiple topics, you may benefit from thinking about how your tags work together and how you can use bundles to keep track of your interests and help others discover the great content you’re saving!