December 18th, 2010

I'm mildly surprised just how much of a reaction there's been to the impending death of Delicious. Granted, the posters to this MeFi thread may not be entirely representative of the typical modern-day web user, but the way that alternative online bookmarking services like Pinboard and Zootool are feeling the strain as Delicious users migrate does that perhaps the online bookmarking and tagging market has more life in it than I'd thought.1

Meanwhile, bittersweet nostalgia from NTK #316 (2003-12-05):


sufficiently advanced technology : the gathering

The best thing about a minimal "link log" that runs in the corner of a real blog is that, with luck, it kills the main blog stone dead. Linklogs perform all the old school functions that make blogs most useful – providing a permanent store for interesting URLs, hideously distorting Google searches to favour people's real preferences, etc – while dispensing with that DJish slice o' life chit-chat in between. Now Joshua "the other memepool" Schachter has created the blogspot of linklogs. DEL.ICIO.US is a centralised Web service for dumping links, generating feeds and resucking an HTMLised list of your most recent choices back into your own Website. His brand of bitterness-driven perfectionism grants a bit more confidence that the del.icio.us setup will stay up a little longer than other blog servers. And the open API and ongoing experimentation already hints at wider possibilities for a lightly metadata-ed, collectively edited URL-bank. As it is, it's mostly just nice to have someone else write the bookmarklet and keep up with whatever the hell RSS format people are using these days.


– there goes the neighbourhood


– Falcooooo! (and jennicam.org too)

(For an explanation of the post title, see here.)

[Via this is sippey.com]

  1. Yahoo's frantic backpedaling is neither here nor there. Sacking the entire team that was running Delicious is not the best plan if you're hoping to sell the service as a viable business.

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