Read a follow-up post outlining the advantages of Diigo over Delicious.
This past week, many tech media outlets reported that the social bookmarking service delicious.com was going away (see here for example). They based the story on a leaked internal Yahoo! presentation showing delicious in a “sunset” column (sunset is the IT project management term for retiring a technology). After a huge outcry from loyal delicious users, the delicious blog posted the following:
…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…
This seems like a paltry attempt to try and retain users in the hopes they can salvage some market worth for whomever is considering acquiring the service. On the other hand, since Yahoo! acquired the service, no real innovation has been made, so sticking with the site may be good for users.
Unfortunately, I don’t think many will stay around.
I actually began to transition to Diigo almost immediately after reading the stories of Yahoo! abandoning delicious. I’ve watched Diigo for a while and they have continued to add innovative features to their bookmarking service over the years. Apparently, I’m not alone as I logged in today – two days after trying to import my delicious bookmarks – to find this status message (emphasis mine):
In case you are wondering why it is taking so long, basically, in the last day or so, tens of thousands of users have entrusted us with millions of precious bookmarks collected over the years, which means that we have to process 1000 times the amount of database write that we normally do! But rest assured it will be done.
We are re-writing codes and adding new servers to make sure it goes faster and smoother.
While I’ll keep tabs on the future of delicious, I’m confident that if Diigo can import my bookmarks successfully, I’ll be switching to that site for now.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about regarding social bookmarking, I recommend watching Social Bookmarking in Plain English by Common Craft.