In a press release on the company’s blog, Pinboard, the world’s best social bookmarking site for introverts, announced it has acquired Delicious, the unwanted step-child of bookmarking platforms, from Delicious Media, the company that acquired Delicious from Science in 2016, the company that bought it from AVOS in 2014, the company that bought it from Yahoo in 2011, the company that purchased Delicious in 2005. Which means you’re gonna have to move those bookmarks about learning how to bake a pie, shoot a wedding, or whatever you think you’ll click on eventually.
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Pinboard founder Maciej Cegłowski hasn’t laid out what he plans to do with Delicious, other than make it a read-only site. You’ll still be able to access your previously added bookmarks, but adding new ones is out of the question come June 15. You’ll be able to export your Delicious data either to Pinboard or another bookmarking service. Ceglowski said the purchase was partially motivated by the desire to make sure “it wouldn’t disappear from the web”.
Please note that there is no time pressure for moving off Delicious. You won’t be able to save new bookmarks after June 15, but everything else will continue to work, or break in familiar ways.
If you’re bookmarking things to read then you’re doing it wrong. Use a service like Instapaper, Pocket or Flipboard to get your reading done. For anything else, bookmarks are the way to go. Keeping them synced is easy if you’re doing it right. By doing it right I mean paying for it.
If you aren’t very keen on parting with $15 per year for a bookmarking service you can always go the free route. Google offers its own bookmark syncing service with its accounts so you can see them anywhere, on any device, as long as it has a Chrome browser on it. Apple devices let you sync its bookmarks through Safari. Free bookmark syncing services sure do exist, but Delicious’ predicament was caused by this very premise. Free isn’t the way to go if you’re looking for longevity in your service of choice, especially one that isn’t tied to a major corporation.
Do not attempt to compete with Pinboard.