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.