Apparently it’s not only the season for holiday giving, it’s also the season for favorite web 2.0 services to go offline. It’s as if Scrooge has moved into Silicon Valley! Yesterday was the last day of service (paid or free) for drop.io, and today we learn from TechCruch (via Bud Hunt) that delcious.com is going dark.
Of course everything can’t be free online, but I (like many folks, I’m sure) have grown accustomed to using delicious.com‘s social bookmarks for free. For several years now, I’ve been using Delicious as a backup for my bookmarks, which I have set to cross-post from Diigo. Back in September, I wrote “Time to ditch Diigo or pay up?” and complained about Diigo going premium. Today’s announcement that Delicious is going away isn’t the equivalent of “the sky falling,” but it is news which is catalyzing a lot of brainstorming and problem solving. What shall we do?
Alec Couros has created an open, shared Google Doc for brainstorming “Alternatives to Delicious.” The current collaboration on the document is fast and furious – similar to the “Alternatives to Ning” doc Alec created in April when Ning when premium.
Alec’s document, edited by 33 folks so far, includes more than 10 delicious alternatives, such as:
- Google Bookmarks
- Mister Wong
- Google Chrome Bookmarks Sync
- Porta Portal
Of these options, Diigo looks (as far as I can tell) like the best option at this point. I’d prefer to continue using Diigo as my primary bookmarking tool, and have it cross-post automatically for backup purposes (as it’s done to Delicious) to another bookmarking platform. I think this duplication of bookmarks is very important. Scuttle looks promising as a backup option, since it’s self-hosted, but I don’t know how I could cross-post simultaneously to Diigo and Scuttle. It would be nice if there was a service like PixelPipe for photos, which supported posting once and the cross-posting several places.
Many thanks to Alec and everyone who has contributed to the Google Doc on Delicious Alternatives to date. It’s awesome to see this kind of real-time collaboration, and I’m sure many more people will benefit from this shared effort in the weeks ahead! The discussion in the doc brings up important questions like, “What is social bookmarking?” Lots of tools can be used to save text, but not all qualify as “social bookmarks” in the same way Delicous, Diigo, and some other tools do. The ability to tag saved bookmarks, access saved bookmarks via the web, and browse publicly shared bookmarks from others are all essential parts of social bookmarking from my vantage point.
If you are a Delicious.com user and haven’t lately, consider downloading a full backup of your current bookmarks.
As described in Alec’s Google Doc, delicousbackup (free) will let you make this static snapshot of your bookmarks web-browsable if you have access to a shared hosting site. I’ll give that a try over the holiday break.
Will the loss of the Delicious.com bookmarking service affect your life? If so, what are you considering doing in response?
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