How to save to Delicious from your iPhone
One of my core web browsing requirements is to be able to tag pages using Delicious. As a Triple Crown level web surfer, it’s my duty to share with the world my content discoveries. Modern desktop browsers make this easy with browser add-ons or extensions, and bookmarklets. But there isn’t a straightforward answer for the iPhone.
Turns out that Safari on the iPhone will handle bookmarklets just fine. The problem is getting bookmarklets into your Bookmarks. You can’t drag and drop a link from a page to a toolbar, and there isn’t an “Add to Bookmarks” in the “context menu” (tap and hold on a link for three seconds to get the context menu). You can only add bookmarks by using the button at the bottom of the browser. It’s not hard to find solutions out there on the Internet explaining how to get around this, but most solutions use syncing with a computer to do so.
We need an easier way. This is how we do it.
Bookmark the page with the button.
Rename your new bookmark “Tag with Delicious” (or “Save this here page”), and save this bookmark. (Don’t worry that you can’t change the address.)
Open up your bookmarks with the button, enter editing mode by tapping the “Edit” button in the lower left, and edit your “Tag…” bookmark. (If you decide to tap the delete button, go back to step one.)
Now you can browse around the web, and when you come to something you would like to save, just open this bookmark. It will send you to a Delicious tagging page with the address and title filled in for you. Add your tags and save it away.
Update: Patrick Caldwell wrote a nice bookmarklet installation helper bookmarklet. Handy.
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