Word spread quickly yesterday that Yahoo was shuttering* its social bookmarking site Delicious and laying off those employees. The site allowed users to archive their favorite links and seek out similar websites of interest. Though not hugely popular, the service had a devoted following of techies who, in wake of the announcement, are airing grievances, recommending Delicious clones and launching a campaign (#savedelicious) to keep the site running. Here's how the techsphere is reacting:
  • Community Reacted Quickly "There are numerous reports of people on Twitter taking backups of the bookmarks that they have curated for years," reports Romin Irani at Programmable Web. "Individuals and organizations have come with several intuitive ways to store and mine these bookmarks, including associated links, keywords and users."
  • Did This Really Have to Happen? wonders Rob Pegoraro at The Washington Post: "In the middle of all this commentary, one thing doesn't quite make sense. If the Delicious diaspora really encompasses that many people, shouldn't even Yahoo be able to make money off that level of user interest?"
  • Google Should Acquire It, argues Hutch Carpenter at BHC3: "This doesn't have to be the end. Why not seek alternatives to shutting down the service? Might there be a logical company to take on Delicious, and all the value it holds? Why yes, one company comes to mind. Google." He goes on to note that Google's mission statement is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."  To Carpenter, Delicious could be hugely beneficial to Google because it's essentially "millions of people organizing the world's information, according to their own tags. Which makes it easier to find for others ... For that reason alone, Google would be wise to take on Delicious."

The Library of Congress should have bought it, similar to the way it has now archived every Tweet ever tweeted. So much value. So unappreciated. So tragically lost. Where will we all gather next, where our bookmarks can be centralized for maximum network effect? Perhaps this story demonstrates that's not the right question to ask.

  • Yahoo Just Ticked Off the Wrong Group of People, writes Allen Stern at CenterNetworks:
That group? Developers. I've written in the past that Yahoo should have learned to embrace the developer community. I believe Yahoo would be a much stronger company today had they realized that getting developers excited about your offerings means more usage of said offerings. If you look at Apple and Google, the developer community is what made their devices a success. The iPhone or Android phone would NEVER be the huge moneymakers and game changers if it wasn't for us, the developers.
*Update:  Yahoo, in a statement released today, says it won't be shutting down Delicious immediately and will be looking for a buyer. "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," the company said.