In stunning news today, a screenshot from an internal Yahoo slideshow unveils upcoming moves to close down, merge, and feature products in their purview. Among the list of “sunset” items is Delicious, the highly popular (and useful) social bookmarking tool.
- Diigo (http://www.diigo.com/): While Delicious arrived first (and therefore had the community), this tool has a lot of additional features to offer users such as highlighting and sticky notes, and several browser extensions, as well as a bookmarklet. They even offer a free educator’s version for K-12 and higher ed educators which can create student accounts for an entire class, allow groups to share bookmarks and annotations, and pre-set privacy settings so only teachers and classmates can communicate. Users must first have a Diigo account, and then apply for the educator upgrade if applicable.
- Zootool (http://zootool.com/): Another offering, this time out of Germany, that looks faintly flickr-like. Nice graphical interface, and (surprise!) zoo themed (“lasso” sites, “aquarium” quick search, “aviary” for sharing, for example) browser extensions and bookmarklets.
- Pinboard (http://pinboard.in/): The only service that charges a nominal one-time sign up fee (based on the formula (number of users * $0.001), it’s used primarily to discourage spammers and defray site costs). At last check it was
$6.84now $6.92err, rather $7.36continuing to steadily increase so the earlier you join, the less you pay. A more minimalist user interface, which some greatly prefer over Diigo’s expanded offerings. Their Should you switch from delicious? page is a great list of reasons both for and against.
- Some users are considering self archiving using Evernote (http://www.evernote.com/). This may or may not be feasible, depending on how much you rely on bookmarking and how much space you have in Evernote, and pretty much eliminates the social sharing aspect of social bookmarking. However, if you like the option of being able to view your bookmarks offline as well as on, then here are the instructions to transition your bookmarks to Evernote.
- Additionally, Delicious offers these instructions for exporting your own bookmarks as an html file (although you must be logged into your account to access this secure link). It should probably be noted that this is not a new addition as a result of today’s leak; it’s been there all along in the Support section.
- For those users who know their way around a command line, here are instructions to export your Delicious bookmarks in an xml format into a spreadsheet (hat tip to Andrew Careaga for finding and sharing this tip).
When it was good, it was very, very good;
but when it was bad … it was horrid.
As there isn’t yet a formal explanation from Yahoo, we can only guess as to the reason behind dropping this service. But I know what I’ll be doing over Christmas break: I’ll be trying to figure out how to archive my content in Flickr–another one of Yahoo’s current (for the time being) holdings.