R.I.P. Delicious

It looks like Yahoo will be shutting down the social bookmarking service Delicious.com. Or Del.icio.us as we first knew it.

Techcrunch reported the story earlier today, citing Yahoo layoffs that included the entire Delicious team. The post was based on a leaked internal presentation slide that showed a number of services on the chopping block, including: Delicious, Altavista, Buzz, MyBlogLog, Yahoo! Bookmarks, and Yahoo! Picks.

There were other sources mentioned in the post, so it’s very likely this is more than a rumour. And while it’s entirely possible the user base will be heard, and the service saved… I wouldn’t count on it. Heading over to the bookmark export feature might be the next logical step.

There will be many Slaw readers looking for alternatives in the coming days, including myself. If you have a preferred solution, please chime in the comments below.


  1. Pinboard — http://pinboard.in/ — is looking to pick up the slack. It has some real possibilities, though it’ll cost you $8 to check it out.

  2. Diigo is looking to pick up new people, too, with a way to import bookmarks from Delicious:

    I haven’t tried it out yet though.

  3. Well, as with Mark Twain, the reports of Delicious’s death seem to be premature. This from the company blog (via Daring Fireball):

    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.