Once in a while, I look at my Delicious bookmarks to get an idea of what I have been upto in recent time. The ‘Current Interests‘ tool was written with exactly that in mind.
I began to wonder if my bookmarks can give me an idea of trends in technology and my interest in them. So I quickly wrote a Python script to give me the top tags in each year and here are the results.
Top tags in 2005
storage google Reference computer-history wiki reference opensource Usability research news mycomments semantic-web video kr Tools programming-paradigms khoj web read tools webservices web2.0 software rss usability programming xslt IBM search
Comments: 2005 was the first year that I started using delicious and was still getting the hang of tagging. While I used quite a few of them, they were mostly for categorization of the bookmarks than for tagging per se. My interests in programming paradigms, semantic web and usability are apparent.
Top tags in 2006
Comments: 2006 was the year of Semantic Web and Web 2.0. So most tags in this list are related to these.
Top tags in 2007
Comments: 2007 was like the year of technologies for me. The primary ones I see in that list are Eclipse, Firefox, Tomat, Comet and everything around it. My bookmarks of notable mentions of Eclifox makes it one of the top tags.
Top tags in 2008
Comments: 2008 was the year of weRead/iRead for me. Besides these, you will see several tags related to social networking. My interest in music is also apparent.
Top tags in 2009
rss linux visualization keyword portrait performance python google google-wave lens wildlife photography ubuntu india library weread semantic-web nature-photography database
Comments: A huge interest in photography has skewed the cloud mostly towards it.
So my hunch was right. The tag cloud does give an idea of what I have been upto!