Skip to main content

Delicious won’t be shut down, says Yahoo

del.icio.us-logoAfter a leaked screenshot revealed that ​Yahoo would be “sunsetting” popular bookmarking​​​​​​​​​​​ site Delicious, the struggling company is clarifying ​​​​​​​​​​​​that decision​​​​​​​​​​​​​. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Yahoo hasn’t made very many popular choices lately, what with laying off 600 employees and making a host of property cuts. And user feedback on Delicious’ fate specifically has not been kind. Immediately after the classfied memo hit the web, Twitter starting overflowing with “save Delicious” statements. Yahoo originally claimed that, “We continuously evaluate and prioritize our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months….We will communicate specific plans when appropriate.” And apparently Friday was more “appropriate,” as Yahoo revealed it plans to find Delicious a new home.

In a blog post from Delicious’ site, users are being reassured that the site is being shopped around and that no account information​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ data will be lost in the acquisition process. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​But some are saying it’s simply too late for Delicious, and that the fault is Yahoo’s.

TechCrunch blogger Jon Orlin was a Yahoo employee for five years, and claims that he isn’t surprised by the company’s inability to develop Delicious. He questions the strategy or lack there of given to the site, saying “…when you have ‘the biggest collection of bookmarks in the universe’ in a potentially very social product and you can’t figure out how to run it in a lean, innovative and profitable way, it’s a real sign you are in trouble.”

He also argues that Yahoo, and whoever acquires Delicious, has missed the boat for the innovative startup. Bookmarking products are many times more popular and numerous than they were in 2003 when Delicious debuted, and of course this means it’s worth less and also faces some very able competitors, like Pinboard and Diigo. It now sounds as if Delicious, which once had all the potential in the world, is now going to struggle and face some real challenges in keeping and gaining users.

Editors' Recommendations

Molly McHugh
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Before coming to Digital Trends, Molly worked as a freelance writer, occasional photographer, and general technical lackey…
Best gaming chair deals: Save on Corsair, Razer, and more
Razer - Iskur Gaming Chair.

Playing video games for hours can be pretty brutal to your back and body, especially if you're an older gamer; as such, buying yourself a purpose-made chair can certainly help keep you healthier. While gaming chairs won't compete with chairs that are made specifically to take your health into account, they do offer better padding and a more hugging feeling than you'd find with your average low-end office chair. To that end, we've gone out and found some of our favorite gaming chair deals out there to make your life a little bit easier.

That said, if you're still in the shopping phase and haven't fully built your gaming setup yet, be sure to check out these gaming PC deals, gaming monitor deals, and gaming console deals to deck yourself out with the best stuff.
Homall Massage Gaming Chair -- $80, was $170

Read more
Google just broke search
AI Overviews being shown in Google Search.

Google AI Overviews were announced a couple of weeks ago at Google I/O, and they've already proven to be rather controversial. The aim to provide high-quality answers to your questions summarized from the web, but a series of recent X (formerly Twitter) threads show how big of a fail it's already proven to be.

The response that went viral involves a very dubious pizza recipe. As reported, when prompting Google for an answer to the issue of "cheese not sticking to pizza," the AI Overview suggests adding nontoxic glue to your pizza to prevent the cheese from sliding off. The exact words the AI overview gave are as follows: "You can also add about 1/8 cup of non-toxic glue to the sauce to give it more tackiness." Where did the Google AI overview get the info as a source? An 11-year-old Reddit comment from this thread, in what was clearly a joke.

Read more
Windows is about to axe these three iconic apps
A top-down view of the Surface Laptop Go.

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 24H2 update will include many new features, including a controversial new app. But PCWorld reports that the following major Windows 11 24H2 updates will also remove three iconic apps you may currently use: WordPad, Cortana, and Tips.

Although each of these are being discontinued, there are some specific details for how Microsoft is rolling out the changes. This change affects Cortana in Windows as a standalone app, but it will remain within other applications, such as Microsoft Teams Display, Outlook Mobile, Teams Mobile, and Microsoft Teams Rooms. Of course, Microsoft's push into AI with a full-screen version of Copilot will take the place of Cortana. This update to Copilot treats it more as a proper app, not unlike the ChatGPT Mac app that was recently announced.

Read more