launched acquired Delicious it was all about saving bookmarks to a remote location so that you could access them on any computer system with Internet access. The site grew in popularity quickly as it also offered options to explore popular bookmarks or search across all public bookmarks at once, even without account.
Delicious, just like Digg, the other big player back then, dropped in popularity over the years. It is likely that the integration of bookmark synchronization in popular web browsers played a role, but also neglect from the site's parent company.
Yahoo! eventually decided to shut down Delicious, but instead of doing so, it sold the web service instead. The new owners of Delicious have just launched a site update to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the website.
If you have used Delicious in the past but have not been on the site for a couple of months or even years - heck, my last bookmark dates back to 2008 - you are probably wondering what has changed in the meantime.
You will notice that the entire site is now using a single-column layout, with a menu being displayed on demand on the left. It is a streamlined design that puts the focus on links, search and tags so that users can quickly navigate their saved links, links of their network, or from social media.
Other new features include double-clicking on any link to add it to your bookmarks collection or edit it instead if it is one of yours, new tag and tag bundle links at the top of every page, and a personalized discover feed if you link the Delicious account to your Twitter account.
There is more than that though. You can now tag multiple bookmarks at once, access your personal tag cloud again, or look at bookmark stats to find out how popular each individual link is.
Delicious has published a video that highlights the major changes in the update:
New users can import bookmarks using the import feature that is listed in the options. This can be useful to get all bookmarks of a web browser on to the site in one smooth operation.
You are probably wondering who is going to use Delicious? It can be useful if you work on public computer systems at times and want to access your bookmarks on these systems as well. Browser syncing does not do you any good in this scenario.
It may also be handy as a tool to save articles that you are interested in, a read it later of sorts without cluttering your bookmarks or installing an extension to use it.
Delicious is nowhere near as popular as it was years ago, but it is still has a rank of 1103 on Alexa at the time of writing which indicates that it still gets a solid amount of traffic. It is still an option for users who want to save bookmarks on the Internet, or use a third party site to save articles and other website links they are interested in.
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