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What’s Next for Delicious?

Is Delicious being shut down? And should I be worried about my data?

- No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive.

What is Yahoo! going to do with Delicious?

- We’re actively thinking about the future of Delicious and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service and our users. We’re in the process of exploring a variety of options and talking to companies right now. And we’ll share our plans with you as soon as we can.

I can't even tell you what a relief this is. Even last night, I stopped in the middle of bookmarking about ten different things when I realized that there was not going to be anything to bookmark it to. Just the way Delicious works, I don't know--it's integral to the way I think on the internet. I mark and tag anything interesting I come across, anything I think I might ever want to revisit. I use it as a shopping/wish list. I bookmark various pages within really large sites to remind myself of them later, when I'm reading back over links for a certain subject. I bookmark authors on Project Gutenberg according to genre. I bookmark everything I might want to use for an Annotated Fifteen Minutes. I even have a tag that's basically a story idea file. I don't even use the social aspect of it that much, except to be able to say, "Here's my Victorian research, look and see if anything's useful to you." I can't even imagine what a loss it would be to communities who use it to share and catalogue posts--apparently a ton of people have been using it to find fanfiction, which I didn't even know about.

And like I said in the comments, one of the reasons this was so upsetting is because everyone tells you nowadays to upload your data "to the cloud"--store it online, rather than on a fallible hard drive that could keel over and die (see also: The Compocalypse). But in doing this, you're trusting that no one will shut down the cloud. Yahoo closing Delicious would basically take out a huge chunk of the cloud for a lot of people. And if something so many people loved could be axed--how can we trust in the cloud at all? Apparently they're getting rid of Yahoo Calendar, too--I found a way to transfer all the data to Google Calendar (look up "import data" under Google Calendar settings), but I've already migrated from one service to another. Remember when Hotmail was the thing to have and AOL was stupid? And then Hotmail/MSN fell behind in the tech wars and Yahoo was the big thing? And now Yahoo's a dinosaur that doesn't know how to run a business and Google is the big thing? And now Google is big enough to start getting evil and stupid? When are we going to have another shift in the zeitgeist? Where are we going to have to move to next, and when? How can you tell me to depend on the cloud when I don't even know if the same cloud will be here in five years?

And, I mean, yeah: I backed up all my Delicious bookmarks to html files on my computer in about three seconds flat. It wasn't hard. I'm just saying, this is the existential e-vertigo you get when a service that's part of your fundamental online experience goes under. If this can, what else will?

But for now, DELICIOUS LIVES. We are all very happy about this.

A few reminders:

The Write Christmas contest (which I am judging!) is still open for entries.

A new-but-belated Secret Life of Dolls did go up on Monday; the next one can't really have any pictures, so it ought to go up on schedule tomorrow.

Not sure when a new Varney will go up, but that's on the table next. Although I also need to do a good solid movie linkspam.

And then I will go back over to Delicious and roll around in my many, many Victorian research links and it will NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN.

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the existential e-vertigo you get when a service that's part of your fundamental online experience goes under- Thiiiis.

YAY DELICIOUS. I use it for fandom links, so I've been in a sort of non-fic-reading limbo for the past day. But I have all my bookmarks in Diigo now, just in case.


Hee, I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice her.

I use Delicious primarily to bookmark fanfiction I like and if I get into a new fandom and I want to find fic Delicious is the first place I search.

But years ago I used it to tag all the online research sources I used for my thesis. I may not use those sources anymore but I like knowing that I can find them.

So, yeah, I hope they save Delicious. It's literally something I use every day. I don't even use the social aspect much.

It stands to reason that something that useful and obvious would be a prime candidate for spinning off/acquisition if its current parent didn't want to look after it anymore, but it's still a wake-up call about how shaky this "cloud" idea still is, in a corporatized world...

Hooray! :D

Also, I know I've asked this before, but: what's the name of the font you use in your icons? I don't seem to have it since my own personal compocalypse recently. None of my tiny fonts are legible.

Which icons' fonts are you referring to? Because I'm sure I'm not the only font nerd around here who might be able to help you find what you're looking for, as long as you get a little bit more specific!

I can't find any other bookmarking service that does everything the way Delicious does. It's just so perfect for my needs! Diigo just isn't close enough. And this is why I'm always frantically backing up my shit. If the cloud disappears tomorrow, all my stuff is backed up to several places, because one day you wake up and YAHOO TRIES TO TAKE YOUR BOOKMARKS AWAY.

ALICE!!! *does happy dance* OH MY GOSH ITS ALICE!!

Ahem, I am sorry about the delicious thing by oh man ALICE!!

*stops now before I totally embarass myself*

But in doing this, you're trusting that no one will shut down the cloud.

This is my thing. Things change way too fast, and the internet can pull the rug out from under you.

This kind of is random, but I was looking at your Delicious links and noticed you had some astrology stuff bookmarked, so I wondered if you've ever used the Venus Group site: http://grupovenus.com/main.htm

It looks pretty crappy, but their free readings (click on Free Personal Daily Horoscope) are the best I've ever found online. They've got a great Numerology report, too (once you're at the menu page after you've submitted your info, scroll all the way to the bottom to select it).

/astrology nerd

Thanks for the news about Delicious. That's good.

Diigo still hasn't imported my Delicious bookmarks yet (from the export to html file I got from Delicious.) I made the import request yesterday, so I can only guess that they and other sites have probably been overrun with worried Delicious users!

It's a silly way for Yahoo to have managed the situation. I'm glad they're clarifying things now, and that doesn't like like Delicious is just going to be shut down.

I honestly suspect they really were going to shut it down until they saw the outcry and realized what they had on their hands.

I am so glad that you don't have to export your whole life... for now.

*happy sigh*

Alice! Maybe she'll be good for Edward.

YAY! I should probably look into backing up my stuff online, The Beast has been weirding out on me a bit.