Word spread quickly The That *Update: Yahoo, in a statement released today, says it won’t be shutting down Delicious immediately and will be looking for a buyer. “We believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company
yesterday that Yahoo was shuttering* its social bookmarking site
Delicious and laying off those employees. The site allowed users to
archive their favorite links and seek out similar websites of interest.
Though not hugely popular, the service had a devoted following of
techies who, in wake of the announcement, are airing grievances,
recommending Delicious clones and launching a campaign (#savedelicious) to keep the site running. Here’s how the techsphere is reacting:
at Programmable Web. “Individuals and organizations have come with
several intuitive ways to store and mine these bookmarks, including
associated links, keywords and users.”
at The Washington Post: “In the middle of all this commentary, one
thing doesn’t quite make sense. If the Delicious diaspora really
encompasses that many people, shouldn’t even Yahoo be able to make money
off that level of user interest?”
at BHC3: “This doesn’t have to be the end. Why not seek alternatives to
shutting down the service? Might there be a logical company to take on
Delicious, and all the value it holds? Why yes, one company comes to
mind. Google.” He goes on to note that Google’s mission statement is to
“organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and
useful.” To Carpenter, Delicious could be hugely beneficial to Google
because it’s essentially “millions of people organizing the world’s
information, according to their own tags. Which makes it easier to find
for others … For that reason alone, Google would be wise to take on
Library of Congress should have bought it, similar to the way it has
now archived every Tweet ever tweeted. So much value. So unappreciated.
So tragically lost. Where will we all gather next, where our bookmarks
can be centralized for maximum network effect? Perhaps this story
demonstrates that’s not the right question to ask.
group? Developers. I’ve written in the past that Yahoo should have
learned to embrace the developer community. I believe Yahoo would be a
much stronger company today had they realized that getting developers
excited about your offerings means more usage of said offerings. If you
look at Apple and Google, the developer community is what made their
devices a success. The iPhone or Android phone would NEVER be the huge moneymakers and game changers if it wasn’t for us, the developers.
where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive,” the company said.
*Update: Yahoo, in a statement released today, says it won’t be shutting down Delicious immediately and will be looking for a buyer. “We believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company