Forget the Royal Wedding, the surprise piece of news that came out this week was that AVOS, a new company formed by YouTube founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen has acquired Delicious, the most famous social bookmarking site on the web, which was in the process of being decomissioned by Yahoo.
SEW followed up with AVOS to get more details on the acquisition, but they were unable to comment at this time saying that they were “heads down working hard on the site so we aren’t giving interviews at this time”. So, what follows is an opinion piece about this tidbit of news. And, if you hadn’t guessed form the headline, I am personally very excited about the announcement.
“No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo ,,,, We’re actively thinking about the future of Delicious and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service and our users. We’re in the process of exploring a variety of options and talking to companies right now. And we’ll share our plans with you as soon as we can“.
Social bookmarking site Delicious has updated the ability to filter viewing options – plus added a new way to browse your bookmarks that is very StumbleUpon-like.
First up, there’s a new display options menu tucked into the top right corner of your bookmarks display. This is for when you’re viewing “My Bookmarks” – not on the main page. Here’s what it looks like:
Delicious also gave the option menu treatement to the tags section on the right sidebar in “My Bookmarks.”
Delicious also has added Twitter OAuth support. Go to your Delicious settings page and authorize Twitter. This will prevent constant sign-ins in order to Tweet a Delicious bookmark.
Search Refinements – Previously, you could refine searches by time down to 1 day. Now, you can refine down to 5 minutes.
iPhone Optimization – Delicious has optimized m.delicious.com for iPhone users.
Graphs – URL details and the Tagometer badge (a widget for sites and blogs) are now getting visual representation of their data
Sharing – Who you’ve shared your bookmarks with will now show up under your tags for a bookmarked item.