Delicious doesn’t lie. While using the popular social bookmarking web service for amassing, storing, sharing and discovering web bookmarks, I noticed that I misspelled my Delicious bookmark tag for Martin Scorsese, accidentally omitting an “e.” While making the correction, I looked over at the upper-right column of my Delicious webpage to view my top ten tags—tags being singular, searchable words I use to describe web pages I have visited over the past five years or so. In order of maximum usage those word tags were:
It was a telling portrait as to what my passions and interests are, interests that are shared with a global network who may want access to the same information, or better yet, share that information. In many ways, those top ten tags reminded me again of just what inspires me in life, and I took the list as confirmation and sanction to continue investing my time in the pursuit of the information that I so passionately gather and parse through using those tags. This reflective moment was a great way for me to embrace what lies ahead in 2011.
Due to a business document leaked on the internet in December 2010, the web was all a-flutter with rumours that Yahoo was killing Delicious, created by Joshua Schachter in 2003, and sold to Yahoo in 2005. Twitter and other networks were flooded with outraged chatter. Yahoo quickly clarified its position, stating that what they really meant by listing Delicious under their “sunset” umbrella was that they wanted to unload and sell the service to a potential buyer. With Yahoo’s technology now so integrated and intertwined with the Delicious application, the jury is out on who might even want to purchase the service.
If Delicious does go away at some point, users may need to be prepared. Any new service that is developed in place of Delicious will have to be able to import what many users have been amassing on Delicious for the past seven years. Several startups are promoting importing tools to assist users in migrating their information over to new applications. There are other online bookmarking service options out there, such as Pinboard, which is subscription-based, and Springpad, which is free.
Are the days numbered for Delicious? Time will tell. I, for one, hope not. It’s hard to let go of something so familiar; something that, well, works. Don’t get me started on the non-consensual profile template upgrades being imposed on Facebook and Twitter users. Like anything or anywhere else, change is the one constant on the internet. Rapid change.
I’m just glad I took the time to correct the #martinscorsese tag.
Michael Thorner tweets at @michaelthorner
This column originally appeared in IN Toronto Magazine, February 2011 issue.
Editor: Gordon Bowness