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I’m reposting it here since access to the original post is extremely spotty right now.
Dec 17 2010
Many of you have read the news stories about Delicious that began appearing yesterday. We’re genuinely sorry to have these stories appear with so little context for our loyal users. While we can’t answer each of your questions individually, we wanted to address what we can at this stage and we promise to keep you posted as future plans get finalized.
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.
What if I want to get my bookmarks out of Delicious right away?
– As noted above, there’s no reason to panic. We are maintaining Delicious and encourage you to keep using it. That said, we have export options if you so choose. Additionally, many services provide the ability to import Delicious links and tags.
We can only imagine how upsetting the news coverage over the past 24 hours has been to many of you. Speaking for our team, we were very disappointed by the way that this appeared in the press. We’ll let you know more as things develop.
I’ve been using Delicious for more than five years now (my first bookmarks were added on 20 August 2003!) and I can’t live without it. Granted, I still use the bookmarks toolbar in my browsers for the sites I visit constantly, but I consider my Delicious account my archive. I also use my Delicious account in a somewhat unique way in that I use it to organize the links for all my workshops and presentations.
Pre-Delicious when someone attended one of my workshops they would get a floppy disk (yep, remember those) which always contained at least one file, a Web page with links to all the sites I presented in class. Although this worked, there were problems, the main one being that there was no way for me to keep those links up to date for those that had attended a previous class. (This was also back when sharing wasn’t considered as important so part of the idea was to only give the links to those that took the class. I’m totally over that now.)
So, with Delicious I can just give attendees a single URL and tell them to go there and get all the links. For example, the links for my XHTML workshop can be found at http://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/class-xhtml. This way as I change the class, and change the relevant links, the list is always relevant and up-to-date. And, because most of my bookmarks are public the attendees can explore beyond those bookmarks through to related ones via tags and the rest of my account through to the accounts of other Delicious users.
I also encourage the use of the Delicious tag clouds on library sites. So much so that the new version of the RVLS site (which I designed) has a Delicious tag cloud. The forthcoming redesigned Panhandle site will also include a Delicious tag cloud if everything goes to plan.
I could continue on for a whole book chapter on Delicious… wait, I already have! 😉
(Bonus points for figuring out the relevance of the image in this post.)
I use Del.icio.us a lot! I’ve still got a a set of my most used bookmarks in my browser for quick access but pretty much everything else goes into my Del.icio.is account. Most importantly I use my account to post the links that are relevant to my workshops and presentations. For example, I’ve tagged all the links for my blogging workshop with "class-blogs". This way, I can sent all of the blogging workshop attendees to http://del.icio.us/travelinlibrarian/class-blogs instead of giving them a piece of paper with a long list of sites and URLs on it. Also, with this method, after class, attendees can return to this URL whenever they like and see the most recent resources that I feel are relevant to the topic. I’ve been doing this for a little over two years now and all my students have grabbed onto the concept quite well.
Bill Drew posted a mini-rant on his blog yesterday titled "Blog posts with no content". In this short post he complained about those who create blog posts that had no narrative but that "contain only links to things they added in del.icio.us." His reasoning: "If it is important enough for you to post a link in your blog, then write a full post about the topic."
Sorry Bill, but as someone who does the thing you’re complaining about (sort of) I respectively disagree. To explain the "sort of" I don’t post my del.icio.us links as a blog post but if you subscribe to my blog’s feed you will get one item per day that contains the items I bookmarked that day. Since most people read my blog as a feed, I believe this would count to Bill.
I post my bookmarks because people might be interested in what I’m currently researching, preparing for, or just looking into. On a day in which I have six new links to the Kindle, this would imply that I’m thinking about it. Recently I’ve been adding bookmarks for Web site dealing with Creative Commons. Not because I have something particular to say about it right now, but because I’ll be presenting a full-session on the topic at CIL2008. Maybe I’m bookmarking sites in preparation for a blog post in the next few days.
In any case, I like seeing people’s new bookmarks without having to get yet another feed from del.icio.us. It’s something they’re doing and so I like all that info in one place. Ultimately, I find a lot of cool new resources from such posts so it’s worth my time to at least glance at them.
Now, as for reposting tweets on your blog, that’s the one that bugs me. Mainly because if I read your blog chances are you’re a Twitter friend too and I don’t need to see those posts twice. More importantly a day full of Twitter posts as a blog post completely takes them out of context of the conversation at the time making them mostly unintelligible.
The folks at CommonCraft have done it again!
It turns out that more than 50% of requests for data from the del.icio.us site are from RSS, not humans. Because of this the folks at del.icio.us are working to improve what gets delivered via their RSS feeds such as “offering the ability to save bookmarks straight from your feed reader” and “displaying an up-to-date count of saves, without making items appear new again in feed readers”. More details on the del.icio.us blog.
Jo Haight Sarline, Denver Public Library
Carson Block, Fort Collins Public Library
John Sulshaw, University of Colorado-Boulder
Jimmy Thomas & Susan Staples, Weld Library District
Jeff Donlan, Salida Regional Library
Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library
Jesse Andrews, creator of BookBurro & lead developer of Flock
Karen Coombs, University of Houston
Jason Clark, Montana State University
Karen: Incorporating Web 2.0 into Library Web Sites
Jason: Social Tagging and Folksonomies in Practice
dead.licious is a tool for verifying that all of your bookmarks in your del.icio.us accounts are still valid and gives you the option of removing those dead links. Unfortunately, it’s only available for the Mac. (Michael Stephens, let me know how well it works.) Someone please make a PC version of this.
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