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Yahoo! To Close Delicious

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the but-so-tasty dept.

Yahoo! 311

Thwomp writes "A leaked internal presentation from Yahoo shows that Delicious, the popular bookmark sharing site, will be wound down. According to Daring Fireball's John Gruber the whole team was let go just yesterday. It appears that Delicious is just one of the services in Yahoo's portfolio that is going the way of the Dodo."

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More info beyond Daring Fireball snippet (4, Informative)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581544)

Tech Crunch [] and All Things D. [] Sounds like the Yahoo folks aren't too happy about the word leaking out - "whoever it is, gone! []

With Yahoo shutting down [] , where will we bookmark things such as these delicious Christmas Lights [] ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)

Re:More info beyond Daring Fireball snippet (5, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581638)

Maybe somebody leaked is because they were already [] "gone." Giving 4% of the company a pink slip for their Christmas "bonus" probably affected morale somewhat. Just guessing.

Re:More info beyond Daring Fireball snippet (5, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582674)

Can someone tell me exactly when Yahoo! stopped being synonymous with the expression of glee, and became an adjective describing the people running the company?

Web 2.0 just isn't profitable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34581984)

I don't see why people are surprised about this. Web 2.0 sites just aren't truly profitable. The value they deliver is extremely minor compared to the massive infrastructure costs needed to keep many of them going. In any other industry, such a "business" would be shut down really quickly.

Re:More info beyond Daring Fireball snippet (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582436)

aww that's awesome! thanks

Yahoo! and Delicious (2)

Flector (1702640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581568)

There are no words.

They are also kiling Altavista (4, Interesting)

lhaeh (463179) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582050)

From looking at the leaked slide, they are getting rid of Altavista which has more meaning for me. Delicious as just another Web 2.0 company, but Altavista was an early pioneer on the web and could have easily been what Google is now.

Re:They are also kiling Altavista (1)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582102)

Easily? Seems like it's not all that easy to be as successful as Google. Also seems like Altavista couldn't pull it off. I think maybe you work with the bizarro definition of the word.

Re:They are also kiling Altavista (4, Insightful)

snarkh (118018) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582242)

Perhaps being passed around from Digital Equipment to Compaq to HP had something to do with it not being successful.
But in mid/late 90's it was the best search engine by far.

Re:They are also kiling Altavista (4, Insightful)

BeanThere (28381) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582584)

I think he meant 'easy' as in were in the best market position to be able to do so, as they were once one of the (if not the?) most popular search engines on the Web --- a position in which, by definition, you have it theoretically easier than *anyone else*, i.e. it would've been easier for them to be the next Google than Google. But the Google guys worked both smarter and harder. In that context, "easy" is indeed the best term and I understood it perfectly clearly.

Re:They are also kiling Altavista (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582378)

They should keep operating a company just because is symbolizes web searches before Google, and could have been Google (but wasn't)?

Re:They are also kiling Altavista (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582586)

They should keep operating a company just because is symbolizes web searches before Google, and could have been Google (but wasn't)?I didn't see him say, or imply, this at all. Which comment were you reading?

the whole team was let go just yesterd (4, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581600)

According to Daring Fireball's John Gruber the whole team was let go just yesterday.

Merry Xmas from Yahoo.

Re:the whole team was let go just yesterd (1)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581810)

Are you surprised?

yahoo [jhu] n pl -hoos a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person

What else would you expect from a bunch of yahoos?

Well, consumer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34581866)

bend over for corporate interest, and make sure you don't rely on services that someone else owns (free or paid). Never mind those "institutions" that used to make the web worthwhile. Instead, accept the rule of RoI. The web is free (hands off my beer, though!) - as long as the equity return is two-digit and rises every ye^z^z month. Exponentially. As we all know, there is such a thing as exponential growth, and it just keeps going... . And it's gonna make us rich. Or someone ... or... some shareholder, or... ok not those that do the actual _work_ but... I dunno. Please ignore this rant while I eat soap.

Re:the whole team was let go just yesterd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582434)

Back in the day, I used to be really excited about Yahoo. I even had a couple of Yahoo-branded DVD players (they were cool-looking with analog VU meters).

Right now it appears Yahoo closing up shop: geocities, video, now ... it's the beginning of the end.

Please don't worry (5, Insightful)

hannson (1369413) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582458)

Your bookmarks and data will be "safe" in the cloud.

Re:Please don't worry (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582610)

To be fair, Delicious has pretty much always had good data export. I think the only thing they don't really export is the date when you deleted a bookmark.

Re:the whole team was let go just yesterday (5, Insightful)

macraig (621737) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582602)

Can you think of a better time to do it? That's some bonus checks that didn't get inked. The savings probably went straight to the CEO's belly.

Re:the whole team was let go just yesterd (1)

BeanThere (28381) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582606)

So a company should keep loss-making people on longer just because it's Christmas? Sure it's a cold thing to have to do, but spending extra tens of millions of dollars just to be nice in difficult economic times is something I doubt just about any one of us would do either in the same position.

not surprised (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581624)

As far as social bookmarking sites go I think StumbleUpon was a clear favorite, though Digg and Reddit seemed to be very similar to how Delicious was setup, I wonder who will "win" in the end...actually, I really don't care.

Re:not surprised (1)

Winckle (870180) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581966)

Digg is collapsing.

Wrong tense (1)

rsborg (111459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582438)

Digg is collapsing.

I think when the redesign came out, it was clear Digg was already dead.

Re:not surprised (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582002)

Stumbleupon is a good one but Delicious seemed to have more variety in certain tags (eg. anime) and really if you used [] you'd get a decent channel surfing bookmark right there. Every time you visit that bookmark, it'd redirect to a random page from that (nameoftag replaced w/ tag) tag. Well I guess I'd better start thumbing the hell out of what is worth stumbling before it's all gone.

Re:not surprised (2)

Kelson (129150) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582164)

They're not quite the same, though. Delicious has always been at least in part about personal use: Sure, it would be cool if someone else saw this neat site I bookmarked and also liked it, but really I'm posting it so that I can find it myself later, since I might not be on the same computer.

Reddit, Digg, and StumbleUpon, however, are very much about promotion^H^H^H^H^Hsharing, and if you post things just for your own use, they'll get treated as junk or spam.

Re:not surprised (3)

Reilaos (1544173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582216)

I didn't think of Digg nor Reddit really in the same was as I looked at Delicious. Delicious was where I'd shove articles and the like which I found interesting, but wouldn't revisit often enough to warrant space on my browser's bookmark bar.

Digg and Reddit were places for 'news' and such. You'd put things you'd suspect others would like, as opposed to say, bookmarking the javadoc to a plugin API, or a deal on a particular gadget you've been looking at. I didn't think of those two as a bookmarking service.

now.. (5, Funny)

PixetaledPikachu (1007305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581626)

Let's hope Yahoo will buy facebook next

Re:now.. (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581674)

I'll second that. Take them and their douche of the year too! Say, if Yahoo is laying off so many people, why are they trying to hire contractors and such? I keep getting calls about doing admin work for them, but I'm not the type of rat that jumps onto a sinking ship...

Re:now.. (1)

PatPending (953482) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582362)

Say, if Yahoo is laying off so many people, why are they trying to hire contractors and such?

Because of uncertainty [] about the future:

This is the first entirely "temporary help service" job recovery. Our current "recovery" might be in its seventeenth month, but the few new private sector jobs have come from companies temporarily hiring staff on a contract basis. What were once jobs reserved for people hired to cover seasonal demand or permanent employees on sick leave have become the standard employment for many workers. Companies simply don't want the risk of hiring workers that they might soon have to get rid of. Since the recovery started in June 2009, the total number of private sector jobs has increased by 203,000. But these weren't "regular," permanent jobs. Indeed, permanent private sector jobs fell by 257,000.

The explanation behind temporary job creation is pretty simple: uncertainty.

Re:now.. (1)

he-sk (103163) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581816)

[ I like ]

Re:now.. (4, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582056)

I hope Yahoo will buy Yahoo.

man (5, Funny)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581632)

This leaves a bad taste in my mouth

Re:man (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34581822)

That's what she said.

Re:man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582116)

So it's not delicious then?

Re:man (1, Flamebait)

rtyhurst (460717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582176)

So how's that merger with Microsoft working out?

Yahoo just let 600 people go in San Francisco: []

And now this.

It looks like everything Microsoft touches turns to sh#t these days...

Re:man (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582554)

I'm no expert, but isn't shedding expenses (in the form of employees) a standard way to prepare for a merger? Then you can say, we don't envision eliminating any personnel in the course of this merger....

Re:man (-1, Troll)

rtyhurst (460717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582596)

I would cordially like to invite whoever modded the post above as flamebait for telling the unvarnished truth about Microsoft to grab an idea about how moderation works.

If you disagree with something or don't like what it says, that gives you no right to mod it down.

Grow a pair.

Re:man (1)

rtyhurst (460717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582638)

Google, for instance, added nearly 3,500 employees to its work force so for this year and promised everyone raises of at least 10 percent next year. The company, based just a few miles away from Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters, also gave all 23,300 of its workers an after-tax holiday bonus of $1,000. []

Re:man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582616)

Umami? Or your mammy?

Re:man (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582678)

Umami? Or ur mammy?

There, fixed that for u.

What is it? (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581644)

I hadn't heard of it anyway - it looks like just a collection of random links people post; kinda like slashdot except without the banal comments. WTF? Guess I'll make a clone and sell it to Google next year, muahahaha!

Re:What is it? (5, Informative)

mazumi (1960366) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581780)

To put it simply, it's a social bookmarking site. It was great though because it integrated with Firefox in such a way that for me, it totally replaced the native bookmarking function. The site had a very simple UI too. And because all the bookmarks are databased I'm able to access them from anywhere. You can also tag and cross-reference the links you bookmark. I have dozens of recipes saved on Delicious, and almost every night I'll access them on my smartphone while I'm cooking or baking. I am really, really disappointed that Delicious is going away.

Re:What is it? (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582264)

If you're a google user then there's a google bookmarks marklet [] that allows you to quickly add sites to your google bookmarks from any browser and there's a widget [] for igoogle that makes it fairly easy to use.

Sad (2)

Monoman (8745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581660)

I like delicious and the FF toolbar to manage all of my bookmarks. Can we have some replacement suggestions?

Re:Sad (1)

jadrian (1150317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581828)

Personally I use Google Bookmarks. Fairly, simple but enough for my needs. Furthermore I like to have them associated with my google account. I manage them with "Yet Another Google Bookmarks Extension" for Chromium.

Re:Sad (1)

mariasama16 (1895136) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582108)

But yet (and here's the kicker for me), you can't synchronize Google Bookmarks with say Chrome's bookmarks. And I can't find any bookmarking tool accessible from multiple computers (and with multiple Google accounts if thats what it uses for authentication) that would synchronize "cloud" with my Chrome bookmarks so that they'd show up in the omnibar without me needing to do a specific keyword search. Delicious allowed that (or at least there was a Delicious extension that enabled the feature).

Re:Sad (1)

jadrian (1150317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582230)

True. I expected good Chrome extensions for Google services, made by Google. But that is not the case at all which is surprising. Even their GMail checker is pretty bad, doesn't even support multiple accounts (so I use Simple Gmail Checker instead).

Re:Sad (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582238)

Chrome has its own bookmark sync now (separate from Google Bookmarks, IIRC) that does what you want. Open up Options, then go to the Personal Stuff tab.

If you need to sync across multiple browsers, Xmarks [] will sync Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari.

Re:Sad (1)

mariasama16 (1895136) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582350)

The Chrome bookmark sync requires that you use the same Google account to do so, which is exactly what I don't want (no need for my personal bookmarks to be at work). It is a feature I make use of to allow multiple computers stay in sync, but I specifically want the ability to be at work, click on a button in my toolbar and bookmark a site in such a way that it'd show up on my personal computer where my start page extension's "recent bookmarks" would show it. Somehow I guess that is something that not many want and something I fell in love with when switching to Chrome from Firefox (and installing the Delicious extensions in Chrome).

Re:Sad (1)

mariasama16 (1895136) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582466)

Oh, and adding that I used Xmarks back when it was known as Foxmarks and even during when it changed names and had sync profiles set up with it. Those managed to cross over at some point and it was rather a pain to fix. That was before I had put pretty much all my bookmarks online, so it'd be a larger pain now.

Re:Sad (1)

Wooky_linuxer (685371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582144)

The question is, I don't like to have yet another service tied up to a Google account, for two reasons; first, I am afraid my account may be suspended - happened already - and then I lose my bookmarks as well - which were real handy when Google screwed up my account. Secondly, I have and use more than one account and don't want my bookmarks to be tied up to one. To make things worse, I use three browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) so a browser specific bookmarking tool won't do it. Any other suggestions?

Re:Sad (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582338)

To make things worse, I use three browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) so a browser specific bookmarking tool won't do it. Any other suggestions?

At the risk of repeating myself: Xmarks. It'll sync Firefox, Chrome, Safari and IE.

Re:Sad (1)

Speckz (156955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582286)

I'm moving mine to [] . You can import your bookmarks once you exported them via [] @ [] . You can also use this [] to expor it as an XML.

Re:Sad (1)

mazumi (1960366) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581856)

Same here. I just found out about this so I'm definitely going to be researching replacements...I've never looked into it because, well, I've been using Delicious for *years*. If I have to, I'll start a site and create a FF add-on myself. I'm too used to being able to tag, organize, and access my bookmarks from anywhere.

Re:Sad (1)

IshmaelDS (981095) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582048)

If you don't need the social aspect, use []

Re:Sad (1)

mazumi (1960366) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582142)

Looked into a few, ended up with Diigo. I exported a backup of my bookmarks from Delicious though so if I don't like Diigo I can easily try another service like xmarks.

Re:Sad (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582512)

Xmarks for bookmark management, and StumbleUpon [] for site discovery. SU stores favorited items into a bookmarks folder (in addition to the SU profile), and Xmarks does synchronization.

Both have excellent cross-browser/cross-platform plugins.

Warning: the Stumble button can be habit forming.

XMarks & Browser-Specific Services (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582074)

I use XMarks [] to synchronize across different computers and browsers. They were actually going to shut down next month, but an outpouring of support from users convinced LastPass it would be worth buying the company and setting up a freemium model (basic service is free, you can pay for extras). Free accounts get automatic bookmark sync and online access to the bookmarks from other browsers. Premium accounts add Android & iPhone apps, tab sync, and a couple of other things.

Most web browsers have some sort of biult-in sync service these days, though of course it only works if you use the same browser on every computer.

Firefox 4 adds a built-in sync service.
Chrome and Opera both have built-in sync services.
Safari has some sort of sync service, but I think it might be part of or whatever Apple is calling their online offering these days.
Not sure about IE, but I'd bet there's a Windows Live bookmarking service by now.

Re:Sad (1)

artisteeternite (638994) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582384)

I've also just imported everything to I'm guessing a lot of people are doing that today because it took about 3 hours for everything to upload from my exported file (and still waiting on tags). So far I like it because I can choose "private" as the default setting.

Part of the 600 (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581680)

Some of the 600 cut from Yahoo, I guess. Not too surprises how many bookmarking/aggregating sites do you need?

Best of luck to them, tough economy out there.

Re:Part of the 600 (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582432)

Not too surprises how many bookmarking/aggregating sites do you need?

Just one, and it's been for around 5 years or so.

Going the way of the Dodo... (3, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581700)

You mean hunted into extinction because they were Delicious?

global aggregates (1)

Flector (1702640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581712)

should be about

Scrooge-like (1)

Godskitchen (1017786) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581726)

Canning an entire dept right before xmas? Rough.

Re:Scrooge-like (1)

a2wflc (705508) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582090)

happened to me once. sucked at the time but I'd rather have them do it to me a week before new year's than the week after. 14 months later I was glad I didn't have to worry about their w-2 for the IRS - for me it was a small company that would have forgot and I'd have had a bad time trying to get the the w-2 if they were even around.

This may be different since they get a severance package - not sure if it's a lump sum now or extends to next year but would be better for both parties if it's over this year.

Eventually Google will be seen for what it is... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34581758)

A search engine that happened to see the futility of its existence and tried to grow up. Most everything that Google does is a failure, except ad revenue which it does well. Google should keep to its known money making machine, and as parts of its massive portfolio become obsolete they of course should fire the worthless engineers as needed. Marketing is Google's niche, it will return to this formula sooner than later. The markets will demand it.

What am I supposed to do now? (1)

Eamorr (1803236) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581760)

WTF??? I use delicious to manage all my bookmarks. Will they be offering a zip download compatible with other bookmarking services? I darn well hope so.

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (5, Informative)

he-sk (103163) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581868)

You can export your bookmarks here: []

It's a standard Netscape bookmark file, so I expect other services to be able to import from it. But I haven't researched it yet.

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (1)

Kylose (570057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582268)

I just exported them and the tags got lost when I tried to import them into Xmarks. Have to weed out all my porn links and put them in "Educational Materials".

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582542)

Or you can just go command-line with: curl --user user:pass -o delicious_bookmarks.xml -O ''

Are they that broke? (2)

dex22 (239643) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581782)

Yahoo must have decided the bad publicity of making people redundant right before Christmas was still less than the cost of keeping them on the payroll for one more month.

Low, Yahoo!

Re:Are they that broke? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34581874)

It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Re:Are they that broke? (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582262)

Dec. 31st is the end of the quarter.

Current mood: stage 1 denial (1)

he-sk (103163) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581794)

Why? :-(

Re:Current mood: stage 1 denial (3, Insightful)

hugortega (721079) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581854)


Re:Current mood: stage 1 denial (2)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582640)

Bargaining stage: Could buy itself back? How much money would yahoo want for the whole thing?

Sucks (1)

jtla (1725830) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581886)

I actually use delicious. I find it helpful for bookmarking and looking up sites based on my tags. I guess I'll allow google to handle another internet service for me now?
Its one of those great internet tools that millions of people use but generates zero revenue (I'm guessing of course but I don't see where any revenue comes from with this).

Re:Sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582402)

Or you could move to the competing Diigo, which provides all the features of Delicious and a few more - without getting in the way.

recommendation (1)

Flector (1702640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581914)

Any browser can export bookmarks to any other browser, import perfectly, via html.

Re:recommendation (1)

Sigma 7 (266129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582038)

The main issue is synchronizing bookmarks across browsers rather than just copying them. While you could copy bookmarks.html between computers, it's a bit of a clumsy way of doing it, and results hoping that you don't obliterate bookmarks between copies. Of course, if you have a metric ton of bookmarks, you probably want to offload them to some other resource.

There's also keeping track of metadata such as visit count, last time visited, or some other things. Specifically, the upgrade from Firefox 2 to Firefox 3 hosed the metadata, which could be just as easily on other sites.

Of course, you could whore karma by pointing out you can import/export bookmarks from Delicious. Click Settings at the top-right, go to the Bookmarks header, then click Export / Backup.

Yahoo may leave us in out in the cold soon (2)

vlueboy (1799360) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581950)

It is beginning to be a problem that Yahoo is dying slowly. First, they started compressing pictures that used to be fullsized in their popular "Groups" 10 years ago. Then, they started removing Briefcases. Last year, I had to review my Geocities files for anything important before they removed it. This year, their Hotjobs service got merged with, so I'll lose my account there too.

I use Yahoo mail to get around the all-too-popular mailbox purge that the more "hip" webmails use. That is to avoid being forced into a paywall when I stop checking mail. Seeing that they are downsizing and the frequency of their cuts is increasing, I'm have to move all 12 years' worth of my mail and profile data elsewhere before it dies. I don't want it to be warningless like when WHQuestion closed down and everyone migrated to KnowPost but lost all their pictures, answers and intersting conversations with other great minds. I don't want my posts and attachments here to go the same way. Sadly, two more years like that and Yahoo will surely be dead, like Altavista. Funny thing is, I just found out Yahoo owns them now. Acquisitions don't always mean the old clients stay with the new boss, which might be Google or something, and my data will be open for a greater evil then.

Now that I think about my knowledge of Facebook, wiping Yahoo data now won't help keep it safe; "delete" doesn't exist when there's money to be made off of my time.

meh, Yahoo! vs. Google (1)

Flector (1702640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34581958)

You're kidding, right?

Worst Decision by Yahoo (4, Insightful)

crf00 (1048098) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582010)

This is the dumbest move I see Yahoo doing, for shutting down the only Yahoo product left that is ACTUALLY USEFUL. (besides Flickr, but I don't use it anyway)

Seriously I am horrified and disappointed if this decision is for real. I have over 300 bookmarks stored in Delicious, and Delicious has been an extremely useful search engine for me. Because the search is based on social tagging that has gone through by human mind, Delicious is far more powerful than even Google for generic terms search, especially for single term queries that are too generic to return any useful results from other search engines. I don't know why such a useful site has become so less popular, but I believe it is just largely due to the lack of marketing and ignorance by Yahoo since the acquisition.

So far I don't know any other social bookmarking site that is better than Delicious. Perhaps I should start searching [] , but if anyone here in Slashdot knows one, please do tell me.

Anyway for those who are desperate like me to backup their Delicious bookmarks, here is the export link [] .

Re:Worst Decision by Yahoo (1)

imthesponge (621107) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582280)

Probably because of the stupid name ("delicious"? Really?), and the silly domain name they had at the start.

Re:Worst Decision by Yahoo (1)

Kylose (570057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582336)

The best alternative seems to be Xmarks but their tagging pales in comparison. My 265 bookmarks need a new home!

Re:Worst Decision by Yahoo (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582526)

This is the dumbest move I see Yahoo doing, for shutting down the only Yahoo product left that is ACTUALLY USEFUL.

Actually useful (for you) does not imply actually profitable (for Yahoo!)

Diigo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582046)

Delicious has served me well in the past few years, but I guess it's time to move on.
My bookmarks and tag cloud are being exported to the competing Diigo as we speak.

Yahoo's "user oriented" culture (0)

macshit (157376) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582064)

I've had a yahoo mail account longer than any other web-mail account, but I haven't used it so much recently (gmail has a much better user-interface). Still, I like to keep it around for various reasons.

I logged into it for the first time in half a year yesterday, and ... it tells me "Your account has been made dormant due to inactivity of over 4 months. All your mail has been deleted."

Oh. Thanks yahoo!

Though I'm sure that policy makes sense to the accountants ("they were just using up our disk space and not generating us any income!"), it says an awful lot about their attitude towards their users.

(and wtf, 4 months?! That's a long vacation!)

Re:Yahoo's "user oriented" culture (1)

Digicrat (973598) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582224)

The same thing happened to my M$ hotmail account earlier this year. I don't recall what their inactivity timeout was, but it made no sense that it was even triggered given that email is also linked to my active and *paid* M$ Xbox Live account. Supposedly they sent an inactivity warning email first, but of course the secondary email address is one that I use even less often . . .

Inactivity timeouts for some services make sense, but deleting entire email accounts should not be taken as lightly as some companies think they should. Of course, if Yahoo decided to outright delete my account with them that's been inactive for literally years, that I would understand. A few months though ... not acceptable.

Re:Yahoo's "user oriented" culture (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582680)

Well, they emailed you....

Yahoo? (1)

stms (1132653) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582066)

I think you mean Yoo-hoo too close to delicious.

From Daring whatever (1)

No. 24601 (657888) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582096)

Quote From Daring Firewhatnot:
"It’s almost hard to remember now, but just a few short years ago, Yahoo was the place for hot startups to find a home."

You mean Yahoo was the company with money to burn buying into hokey startups (exception for Delicious and a *few* others I'm sure).

Take that! This adds more fuel to the fire! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34582128)

Let's create the web3.0 where we run the services ourselves and share the information in a P2P manner!

This is what you get for not relying on yourself (aka services you pay for or are responsible for).

This further suggests the dangers of relying on a service where the source code (or even a binary) is not available for you to self host!

Hurrah! A great example of why self sufficiency still matters!

Success (1)

Andy Smith (55346) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582250)

Nothing says success like jettisoning every non-essential part of your portfolio and abandoning your greatest assets -- staff -- a week before Christmas.

Crap. (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582358)

I have been using for years - I actually have a fair amount of stuff in it.

Guess I will have to figure out how to reclaim that. I added a couple of sites just this week.

Too bad, all of the "cool" stuff just gets left for dead by these companies. If yahoo fucks with Flickr, we will have to have words, I use that thing all the time.

He who laughs last... (2)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582398)

I didn't want to use, because by the time I started using social bookmarking, it was already owned by Yahoo!, and I specifically wanted something that might have been independent.

So I started using ma.gnolia. Awesome, fast service with nice little features and general Web 2.0-friendliness all around. They just failed to make working backups. Boom.

So I started using Twine. Leet folksonomic RDF-what-the-fuckery. Slowish. Yawn. Never quite figured out if it was possible to import bookmarks there. And by the time I started sort of getting interested of what other features the service supported, the thing got bought out. So much for that thing.

So I started using Simpy. An old service. No frills, but also rather fast, and rather well-functional. Did exactly what I wanted it to do. Even let me download a backup of the bookmarks if or when I wanted to. I said "yeah, whatever, I'll take a look at it later on" and wandered off. Surely this service wouldn't get off the net while I was away for a while? Wrong! They got eaten by fucking Reuters and shut down. Why? Why? Millions of victims demand answers, Reuters.

At this point, a few little doubts had started to come to my mind about the whole social bookmarking idea. People said "Ha ha! That's what you'll get for not doing the logical thing and using Delicious! We're old, we're established, we're a known brand. Yahoo! can't possibly kill us."

*sigh* *rueful headshake*

Folks, if you want a good example of my favourite Web 2.0 services, look at GitHub, because GitHub demands that you make local backups of your stuff, and you can migrate your stuff on another Git host in 5 seconds flat for whatever damn reason you happen to have in your head. Why can't we do the same thing to other Web 2.0 sites?

Got an actual source? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582406)

Do we have any actual sources other than a random blogger, a random tweet from a random twit, and a friend of a friend?

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Cloud-based services -- put your trust in the air! (4, Informative)

petsounds (593538) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582582)

If this is not a tailor-made argument for not trusting cloud-based services, I don't know what is. I don't care how "do no evil" your corporation-of-choice is; you're in their playground. They make the rules and break the rules at their whim (or the government's whim).

Export your bookmarks while you still can: curl --user petsounds:sebad0h -o delicious_bookmarks.xml -O ''

misread the headline (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 3 years ago | (#34582620)

Yahoo to close! Delicious.
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