One of the big bits of tech news yesterday was a leaked slide showing that Yahoo was closing down Del.icio.us,
the social bookmarking system that helped define. Yahoo must not do
Twitter because it took them till today to finally respond. They now say
that Del.icio.us doesn’t fit their strategy and that they will be selling it.
we care? Should we care? When it started in 2003, Del.icio.us was something
innovative and quirky. It helped teach us that our online behavior
didn’t need to be secret and locked away on our hard drives but could be
shared. Indicating that you thought a website was worthy of a bookmark
could be a recommendation to friends. Even people bookmarking a site was
an indication of it’s real world value. For us techies, Del.icio.us
opened our eyes up to a world where everything could be an RSS feed and
in 2006 I jiggered the social aspects to create a human-powered
editorial aggregator QuakerQuaker.org.
When Yahoo bought it we
were all a bit nervous but it seemed like a good move. Yahoo could bring
server resources and a userbase and take Del.icio.us to the next level.
When corporate decided to rename it Delicious.com, it stripped the
quirkiness but perhaps signaled a willingness to take this more into the
Alas, it didn’t turn out that way. Delicious settled in
and stopped innovating. Eventually the founder left Yahoo. Things got so
bad that it seemed exciting when it essentially got a design make-over a
few years ago. Competing services sprang up but none were different
enough to make many of change our habits.
So yesterday’s news is
perhaps a good thing. I’ve been looking at those other services. Diigo.com looks really fabulous. I tried it when it launched in 2006 but wrote it off at the time as a Delicious clone with high ambitions. But they’ve been working hard. They’re onto version five now and they’ve been
adding the kind of cool features that an independent Delicious might
For example, you can add a note to a webpage that you’re bookmarking and then send a special URL with the site and note. They make it really easy to Twitter this. Last night I bookmarked and tweeted about an online radio service I’ve been using:
Listening to a lot of Radio Paradise lately. Good background work music, interesting selections: diigo.com/0e8gw
That Diigo link will take you to Radio Paradise’s homepage with the note I added. That’s really useful.
Diigo just a few moments ago put out a Transition to Diigo FAQ. Exporting from Delicious is really easy and importing it to Diigo is easy too – though not instant, it was about twelve hours. I’m confident enough about Diigo that I’ve upgraded to the $40/year Premium account – partly chipping in since I imagine they’re being hit with lots of new accounts today.