Delicious is dead. Now what?

By now, you’ve probably heard the unfortunate news. Yahoo is sunsetting Delicious (and a few other platforms).

Folks are upset (or maybe disappointed is a better word). I’m one of them. I’ve come to rely on Delicious as my primary bookmarking system (not so much on the social side). And now I’m left looking for alternatives.

I’ve heard the chatter online yesterday and this morning, done a little digging and wanted to share some of the posts I thought highlighted the best options (as well as the process of downloading and migrating your existing Delicious bookmarks). Not sure what direction I’m going to go yet, but I’ll be weighing my options over the weekend:

The options

The best services for migrating your Delicious bookmarks (Lifehacker)

* The 5 best alternatives to Delicious (The Next Web)

* 10 alternatives to Delicious social bookmarking (Search Engine Land)

* Think about migrating to Evernote? Great post here from the Evernote blog about how to go about making that transition (Evernote Noteworthy Blog)

Pros/Cons of each tool

* FANTASTIC Google Doc with a list of Delicious alternatives as well as pros and cons of eac

How to download/migrate your Delicious bookmarks

* How to save your Delicious bookmarks (Tech Cocktail)

* How to export and move your Delicious bookmarks to Google Bookmarks (Tableters)

15 comments
Best Website Designer
Best Website Designer

I had read about this a couple of times on some blogs. But, I never found information on all data saved on Delicious, I mean the bookmarks that people had done on the website. I personally have some of my daily visit sites bookmarked on Delicious. What will happen to them?

Rachael Seda
Rachael Seda

Thanks for the great tips. It really is a bummer, but I took a quick look at diigo and it looks pretty neat. Interested to see which you decided to go with. Have a great weekend!

LynetteRadio
LynetteRadio

Part of the problem is that I rely on OTHER people's bookmarks to find out what's new & hot. Now the community will be scattered, the iconic web platform of Web 2.0 going dark. Very sad.

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

I haven't written anything on my blog yet. I will, once I can explain alternatives better. Last night I created an account on Pinboard and today on Diigo. I will spend a few days comparing the two, and will use one or both.

Rachael Seda
Rachael Seda

Oh man I didn't think about this either...

Arik Hanson
Arik Hanson

Wow--I really didn't think about that at all. You're right. Now I'm even more disappointed...

Ari, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Diigo. I've seen lots of people the past couple of days recommend it. I'm thinking that's what I'll switch to. We'll see. :)

Arik, I'm with you. Totally disappointed that Delicious is going away. I never got into the social side of it, but I loved the bookmarking simplicity. Oh well. I guess that's what you get when relying on a free tool ...

Heather@prTini

Arik Hanson
Arik Hanson

Would love to read your recos once you've posted, Ari.

LynetteRadio
LynetteRadio

For me, the beauty of the social web and sites like Delicious (and Flickr...) are not what *I* can do with it, but what I can share with others & what they share with me. Community, not just content. And now Yahoo has listed out what communities and properties they have cared to nurture and drew a big red X on the rest. I'm so flattered that their CEO thinks so highly of the millions of people that made Yahoo what it USED TO be. Their day is over.

Arik Hanson
Arik Hanson

Just uploaded my bookmarks to Diigo and digging in a bit. Looks like a nice cross between Evernote and Delicious. Almost sold.

Paul May
Paul May

We've been using diigo for a couple of years now...overall, I like it, but there are definite downsides.

Advantages:
1) the highlighting and sticky note capabilities are excellent...powerful way to summarize a post for future consumption (I like the way they've implemented it better than evernote)
2) support for groups makes it an excellent team collaboration tool

The downsides:
1) Search and tag navigation are a big step down. It's no that diigo doesn't have most of the capabilities that delicious has, it's just not as usable. The one delicious feature they're missing that I really like is tag bundles. This doesn't really bite you until you have a lot of content/tags in the system.
2) delicious is much simpler...as a result of all of the added features (collaboration, groups, lists, highlighting, etc), you're forced to make a lot more choices.

Arik Hanson
Arik Hanson

Great adds, Paul. Thanks for the comment. Search and tag nav are a big deal for me, so I'll be sure to go "eyes wide open" on that as I continue to investigate Diigo.