09 – Kaboodle

Kaboodle is similar to del.icio.us in the way that it works, but very different in what it does. Where del.icio.us gives you helpful lists of web resources, Kaboodle helps you make lists of things that you want to buy, have bought, or would buy if you were rich enough. There are several programs out there on the Internet that help you do this sort of thing – another one is ThisNext (http://www.thisnext.com/).

  1. Go to Kaboodle (http://www.kaboodle.com) and create and account for yourself. Make sure to add the buttons to your Firefox browser.
  2. Follow the steps to customize your profile. You can upload a photo if you have one on your computer. You don’t have to use a photo of yourself, or even your own name, but you do have to have the rights to the photo you use.
  3. Go to a site like amazon.com and search for something that you want/like. When you’ve gotten to the record of that individual item, click the “Add to Kaboodle” button on your browser. You’ll be taken to a screen similar to the del.icio.us screen, where you can pick a list to put the item into (one example is the “if I had a Million Dollars” list), give the item some tags, and add or remove descriptions of the item.
  4. Repeat this process often, and build lists of all the wonderful things you wish you had.
  5. Add your kaboodle profile to your Blogroll, and tag your profile in del.icio.us.
  6. Invite a friend who likes to shop to join you on kaboodle, and/or search for coworkers involved in this program, and see if you can network with them.
  7. Write a blog post about the experience. What are some of the things you can use Kaboodle for? What could librarians use kaboodle for? Or, if you’re really into online shopping tools, try out ThisNext (http://www.thisnext.com/) and then compare the two.

UPDATE: you can use ebay and kaboodle together to make profiles of collections of things.


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