On news that Delicious is on Yahoo’s sunset list, thousands of people decided it was time to take a look at simplified competitor Pinboard. The much lower blue area is normal activity for the Pinboard servers, during a three-day period. The green represents activity after the Yahoo leak.
As a Delicious user for years, I really hope sunset means move to another company rather than shutdown.
Or maybe I’ll start bookmarking on my desktop via browser. Gasp. I don’t want to think about it. Oh the horror. The horror.
[Idle Words via @PinboardIn]
This is another site that people can look at to manage their bookmarks: Trunk.ly
“Exodus” may be a bit of a strong word. Breaking the delicious habit and swapping to pinboard or diigo or others is not easy. I’ve signed up for all of the alternatives in the past while but none have stuck and I’m still using delicious (just making a backup every evening.) We’ll see in a few months if the exodus sticks.
What’s the best way to do a daily back-up, Paul?
I was doing it manually but am now using Pinboard.in which has a Delicious sync setting. There seem to be some ruby/curl/python scripts out there that can use the API but I haven’t tried them.
I initially gave evernote a try, but really didn’t like the format. The import was no problem, but unless I’m missing something, it’s just not quite the way I’d like it. Haven’t given pinboard a go yet, but found licorize.com and am pretty impressed thus far!
John Udell wrote an interesting blog on this. He thinks it could become “user owned”. Ie: we pay a small amount and it funds a group who run it on our behalf.
Delicious is not being shut down apparently:
I switched to google bookmarks (yet another service I now use with google). It is alright. I liked better delicious. To import from delicious, take a look to: http://blog.darkhax.com/2010/12/16/import-delicious-to-google-bookmarks
I switched to pinboard the day after the leak and I’m quite pleased with the service. It’s got a bunch of great features (hooks for twitter, google reader, emailing bookmarks from the ipad) that make it quite superior to delicious for me. Fast too.
Could also be the “leo Laporte effect” as well. They did a story about delicious possibly shutting down and he said glowing things about pinboard.in. That usually means a bump in usage because if Leo uses it, it must be good!! ;-)
but guess what, google/firefox extensions syncs bookmarks across browsers. problem solved!
The PinBoard folks were kind enough to do an interview about the challenges they faced in absorbing 10K Delicious users in just a few days. On my blog at http://thuktun.wordpress.org
Sorry, typo : correct URL is http://thuktun.wordpress.com/
Thanks for posting that interview. Interesting hearing from someone directly impacted by the (potential) demise of delicious. One thing you didn’t ask them about their pricing scheme is do they have an upper ceiling on how high they will raise their buy in rates before they cap it off? It’s already about $10 when I checked today. I’ve been looking at Xmarks and Licorize, but did take a quick peek at pinboard. If they’re going to keep raising their rates until they get cost prohibitve it might be good to buy in at some point just to reserve their service at a low price.
It’s all about google bookmarks :)
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