16 Dec 2010 2 pm eastern

Yahoo is shutting down Delicious

… And “merging” Upcoming to make way for exciting, can’t-miss features like Yahoo! Babel Fish, Yahoo! Deals, and Yahoo! Avatars.

Photo: yfrog.com/f/h3z89p/.

Hat tip: Andy Baio.

Burn, Alexandria, burn!

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30 Responses to “Yahoo is shutting down Delicious”

  1. Chris said on

    So, Pinboard then?

  2. haveboard said on

    They could charge $5 a year for Delicious and I would happily pay for it like I pay for my Flickr Pro account. Say it ain’t so, Yahoo!

  3. Stephanie Hobson said on

    That’s 2 for 2 of bookmarking sites I use shutting down.

  4. Beto said on

    So, are they going to give me my 3,000+ Delicious bookmarks back or what? That’s the least they could do while we find a reasonable substitute.

    I have been an active Delicious user almost since its inception and these are very, very sad news. Also, makes you think twice about leaving your web imprints and long time memories at the mercy and whim of a third party (Yeah Flickr, I’m talking to you).

  5. Laneth Sffarlenn said on

    Being as new as I am to blogging, etc. I’m a relatively new user on many of the bookmarking sites.

    It seems like every time I get used to one, it shuts down or changes and all my work getting used to it and using it goes out the window – is this the normal state of using the net technology?

    Man, Yahoo! really know how to screw their users, don’t they? Doing it well since the mid-90s…

  6. Ben said on

    A preemptive PR parachute in advance of Wikileaks release. Delicious had some Y!ummy secrets, man…

  7. Ben said on

    By the way, blocking posts from users behind proxies is understandable, I guess. But I couldn’t post from my laptop on $largecompany network. So, posting from my Droid.

  8. Josh Stodola said on

    Good. I am sick of seeing that ugly Delicious icon all over the damn place.

  9. KevinB said on

    Very sad news indeed. What are the alternatives that have browser integration as robust as Delicious? For those that have accounts, go here today, just in case:


    Creates a basic HTML file that, hopefully, can be imported when an alternative is found. Tag support is marginal at best: “If you choose the option to include your tags, they will be in your export even if you don’t see them on the page — you can view the source of the file to make sure your tags are there. Also note that if you have created tag bundles, they will not be preserved in your exported file. This is a limitation of the export file format.”

  10. Mike Ebert said on

    @Beto – Delicious does have an export tool so you can get your bookmarks out of their system. Go to “Settings” in the top right corner and then select “Export / Backup Bookmarks” under the “Bookmarks” heading. It dumps everything out as one HTML file, which isn’t very useful and makes it hard to retrieve tags, but at least your data isn’t lost.

    Yeah, I’m a bit peeved about another bookmarking service going down. My last set of bookmarks got Ma.gnol.ia-ed into electronic ether… At least I had some warning and a chance to export this time!

  11. Beto said on

    @Mike – Thanks for the advice! Better than nothing, still.

  12. Brian said on

    Is Xmarks still shutting down at the end of the year too?

  13. Deepthroat said on

    Who said Babelfish?! I’m in love with Babelfish. That little yellow fish is so adorable and, unlike Mr. Twitter Bird™, it does not poop its entire life.

  14. Dustin Hansen said on

    For those of you wanting to get a copy of your delicious bookmarks before it is too late:


  15. Bryan Peters said on

    @Brian: Xmarks got acquired by Lastpass. Seems like a perfect match, since I’ve always installed them at the same time.


  16. Jason Santa Maria said on

    FWIW, I switched from Delicious over to Pinboard (http://pinboard.in/) recently and love it. And it just takes a minute to export your links from Delicious and import them back into Pinboard.

  17. Erik Holmberg said on

    When MobileMe becomes free next year, your bookmarks will be browser and device independent.

  18. Jeremy Carlson said on

    @Dustin: Thanks! So where will delicious users go? Such a perfect tool.

  19. rafael armstrong said on

    I decided to go ahead and save this link to Delicious.
    Just because.

    Take THAT Yahoo!

  20. Ben Carlson said on

    I find it mildly humorous that there is a “post this to delicious” link in the sociable bar. Godspeed delicious… you were good.

  21. Kristen said on

    so.. what do we use now? I mostly use my tumblr as a visual bookmarking site already, but I don’t want to have to blog every single one of my old delicious links.

  22. Don Ulrich said on

    This is just pathetic. How can you trust a web service beyond a its “look at me life cycle” look quick it is the tail end of the golden age. Soon the web will look the way commercial radio sounds. I’m just bummed, not surprised. In reality free can’t last forever. I mean how crazy would that be? Really? Free information?
    I must have been dreaming. What crap.

  23. Israel Palmerin said on

    Hey ya’ll… Sad news that Delicious is going into net history… You DON’T have to lose your Bookmarks though!!! Check out Spabba (www.spabba.com). You are able to import and privately store your bookmarks with them… Very cool, but only for “old school” Delicious accounts. Check’em out!

  24. payday loans said on

    Fortunately, not the team that runs Yahoo!.jp – Geocities remains a thriving service in Japan and shows absolutely no signs of shutting down for some bizarre reason.

  25. Miika said on

    I recommend BibSonomy, which has most of the features in delicious (no tag bundles, but the ability to use hierarchical tags more than makes up for it). BibSonomy can import your data from delicious directly as well (via settings -> imports).

    If you are doing research, the ability to store publication data in BibTeX format (somewhat similar to citeulike) is powerful as well.

  26. cpawl said on

    Call me naive but why don’t big corps like Yahoo! who eat up startups and then throw them away try to sell off or hand off services like this rather than kill them? Surely someone, somewhere, would purchase Delicious. Even if it was for only $100 that is $100 more than what Yahoo! makes by killing it. Or better yet hand it off the original creators if they were interested.

  27. Melanie said on

    Alternatives: http://alternativeto.net/software/delicious/

    Pretty bummed that Delicious is shutting down. Exporting my bookmarks didn’t preserve the groupings, which is a shame (and a feature I had used a lot).

  28. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    I started a Pinboard account as well. If *everyone* who had a Delicious account were to migrate effortlessly to Pinboard, and if Pinboard were capable of handling the traffic, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But that’s a lot of ifs, and the truth is that vibrant web communities are in constant danger of perishing when purchased by corporate overlords who don’t understand how to keep them growing (financially and otherwise).

  29. Chris said on

    Um… Maybe I’m reading this wrong but delicious is not shutting down, jest leaving Yahoo!

  30. Matt said on

    Sad to hear, used to use them now and then, always nice to have a tool to sort out so much of the crap on the web, or another way of adding your own filters.

    For what it’s worth, have recently launched some collaborative apps, including website bookmarking, for sharing within albeit private networks, not public like delicious. Still helpful though for some of the some reasons, not quite as many features as Delicious as still fairly new, but does include comments, email notifications, and the other apps. While not free, is fairly cheap at $1 per user per month, but you get all the other apps too with 1GB. If interested, is called Odysen and can check it out at http://www.odysen.com.


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