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Having had a chance to sleep over the whole Yahoo-del.icio.us thing, a few thoughts…. 300,000 is the number of del.icio.us users. When Flickr sold out, it had about 250,000 users. I think this reinforces that even in Web 2.0 Scale & Size Matters. Future growth was […]

Having had a chance to sleep over the whole Yahoo-del.icio.us thing, a few thoughts….

300,000 is the number of del.icio.us users. When Flickr sold out, it had about 250,000 users. I think this reinforces that even in Web 2.0 Scale & Size Matters. Future growth was going to be expensive for both these companies, and they decided to sell out.

Secondly, that number makes you wonder if the whole Web 2.0 thing is still in a very-early adopter stage. Even the Yahoo’s own MyWeb effort is stuck in the low gear. I get a feeling that it will be a long time before the concepts filter into mainstream usage.

The price based on some of the methods we used in The Return of the Monetized Eyeballs story, works out to around $11.4 million. And this one is not even based on revenue.

Dave Taylor has an interview with yahooligans on their game plan with del.icio.us. Justification: making search better. Yahoo has bet pretty aggressively on tags, and Google hasn’t. Why? Why Not?

  1. Yahoo has been pushing tags more than Google and with acquiring del.icio.us they are re-inforcing their bet. I would disagree that Google isn’t vying for tag space. One could look at Google Base as a mash up of tagging and classified advertising.

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  2. i think google’s tagging efforts are more “machine based” than “human based” as yahoo is trying. divergent ways of doing things. and google hasn’t basically made a big bet on tagging.

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  3. I think it’s a mistake to value del.icio.us only in terms of the size of its user base.

    Instead, think of it this way: Yahoo paid for 300,000 humans who will categorize (tag) the web for them. There will be all sorts of opportunities to use that tagging in Yahoo’s main search application and other Yahoo searches.

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  4. >> Yahoo paid for 300,000 humans who will categorize (tag) the web for them

    The problem is the interests of those 300k or so people are so out of tune with the rest of the population ,so the tags will not be of much use to yahoo in search.

    If you want proof just compare the popular del.icio.us tags with that of Google Zeitagalist or Yahoo Buzz index

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  5. This isn’t about tags… Look deeper at what delicious does, especially in the context of things like Flock. It is a part of storing your digital world and connecting you with your community…

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  6. I agree that Web 2.0 is in early adopter stage. The applications are not really solving everyday problems, but rather organising things that ‘internet-savvy’ people do already. When Web 2.0 starts to spill over into CRM, that’s where big changes should start to happen.

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  7. Well I’m one of the 300,000 – just as I was one of the 250,000 on Flickr.

    The difference: I gave Flickr money. And I use it all of the time.

    I guess I don’t get the del.icio.us thing at all. More dust.bin to me.

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  8. La cifra magica, Yahoo, los tags, los clasificado y Google

    Parece que la cifra mágica de usuarios que tiene que tener una aplicación web 2.0 para despertar el interés de los grandes, esta sobre los 250.000 usuarios.
    Este es el numero de usuarios que tenia Flickr cuando los compro Yahoo.
    Y algunos mas, unos…

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  9. The importance of 300 000

    300 000 seems to be the magic number with web 2.0 companies. Del.icio.us had 300 000 users when it got acquired by yahoo last week and flickr only had 250 000 when they were acquired last year. This shows that if you want to be in the map you need at …

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  10. [...] A few weeks ago, I had a healthy and civilized debate with the gents from 37Signals (followed subsequently with a podcast with questionable sound quality) on the issue of scale and scalability. I laid out my case, they responded with theirs and so we went. [...]

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