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According to a leaked presentation, Yahoo is planning on shutting down Delicious. That’s bad news for users of the social bookmarking tool, but fortunately there are several excellent alternatives. While none of them is an exact like-for-like replacement, they offer a selection of useful bookmarking features:

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Updated: According to a leaked presentation, Yahoo is planning on shutting down Delicious. That’s bad news for users of the popular social bookmarking tool, but fortunately, there are several excellent alternatives worth investigating. While none of them is an exact like-for-like replacement for Delicious (and none of them can match the network effect of Delicious’ large userbase sharing links with one another), they all offer a selection of useful bookmarking features:

Update: On Friday, the company published a post on the Delicious blog saying that the service is not shutting down, but that there is no longer “a strategic fit at Yahoo” for it, and that the company is “in the process of exploring a variety of options and talking to companies right now” about finding a home for the service elsewhere.

  • Licorize. Like Delicious, pages can be bookmarked using a bookmarklet, a Chrome or Firefox extension, or via the website. Licorize offers more features than Delicious, though. With each item you add (Licorize calls them “strips”), you set what type of bookmark it is (idea, to-do, goal, reminder, regular bookmark, etc.), and optionally add tags, assign it to a team member and associate it with a project. Depending on what type of bookmark you set the strip as, you also get some additional fields to fill out. For example, to-do strips have a “done” checkbox, while milestone strips have a due date. The basic free version doesn’t include project functionality or the ability to add team members; a premium version with full functionality costs $5 per month, or $49 per year.
  • Pinboard.in. Pinboard is a “back to basics” bookmarking service. It’s similar to Delicious, but has a stripped-back user interface and is designed to be extremely fast to use; it’s good for users who had grown frustrated with Delicious’ sluggishness (there’s a comparison of the two services here). Note that Pinboard isn’t free. There’s a one-off charge to register (the charge increases by a small amount with each new signup; it’s currently $7.96). Users can also pay for archival accounts that allow local archiving of bookmarks for a cost $25 per year. Note: Bookmark import is running slowly at the moment, presumably because many users are currently migrating accounts from Delicious.
  • Diigo. Diigo goes beyond simple social bookmarking by providing a wealth of features, including collaboration and web page commenting tools; Mike Gunderloy thought it to be the most comprehensive online bookmarking service available. It’s particularly useful for group research projects. It includes a Delicious import tool and client apps are available for iPad and Android.  The service is free and is advertising-supported; education accounts are available.
  • Evernote. Evernote is a primarily a multi-platform note-taking tool, but it also works well as a repository for bookmarks. While it lacks Delicious’ social features, it’s a favorite of many of the WWD team. As well as the web app, there are native client apps available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Windows Mobile. A basic Evernote account is free; Premium accounts are available for $5 per month or $45 per year, and offer greater upload capacity and improved collaborations and sharing features. Evernote provides support for Delicious users switching to the service here.
  • Google Bookmarks. If you just want somewhere to store your bookmarks in the cloud, Google Bookmarks might just do the trick. There’s a bookmarklet for adding new items, and it offers ways to organize your bookmarks via lists and labels, and you can also share and collaborate on your lists with others. Google Bookmarks is free, but you’ll need a Google account to use it.

What Delicious alternative do you recommend?

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  1. I’m giving Diingo a try. I want a service that will import my bookmarks from delicious: tags and notes included. Evernote can import your html file that you export from delicious. It saves them as a one big note minus the tags though. The bookmarks without the tags is useless! I tried Google Bookmarks but you first have to import your bookmarks into IE or Firefox (chrome is not supported, imagine that). Then install Google toolbar, and then import from IE or Firefox. In the process, losing notes and tags. Once again…useless. Pinboard and Licorize sound promising but these are not free options.

    I can’t believe it but there is now a gaping hole where delicious once stood. I think Yahoo could have made delicious profitable with either an ad-supported or freemium model.

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  2. For video only bookmarking, ChannelStack. It will help you cut the cord.

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  3. Xmarks! Now part of Lastpass – great add-in for Firefox/IE

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  4. Very timely article and good resources. I’m a big fan of Evernote because of its versatility, but plan to try out the others.

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  5. [...] make a backup of your bookmarks as an HTML file that you can then import into your browser or into another bookmarking service. Here’s a short video showing how to export your [...]

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  6. I use diphur.com, It monitors your bookmarks and shows you what changed and also when your bookmarks go dead.

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  7. Been trying Diingo all morning. It is very Delicious like. Yes, it imports Delicious. Good. One key feature I want is linkrolls. With Delicious and my website, I could track the progress of policy, tag new articles, and they would automatically appear in the linkroll on the policy issue page. Well it appears that Diingo has a widget that will do that too. It’s not as pretty – but it works.

    Yeah, Y! what a dumb decision. This is along the lines of “We’ve tried nothing to make it profitable and we’re all outta ideas, man!”

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  8. Note that Delicious is not being shut down, according to their own blog post this morning (apparently they’re having trouble handling the traffic): http://blog.delicious.com/blog/2010/12/whats-next-for-delicious.html

    Rather, Yahoo! is looking to sell Delicious.

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  9. Many good startups and ideas have been wasted after being acquired by big guys.

    We all will miss Dielicious … but the good news is that there is the 6th alternative – Azouk.com.

    Azouk is free a service providing social bookmarking for professionals users and industry experts. Azouk not only stores your bookmarks and files, but uses semantic analysis to ‘understand’ what your content is about to help you organize it and catalog it. All this is easy and simple. Through Azouk you can also quickly find the best papers, market updates and other ‘professional content’ recommended by the best experts form your domain.

    Please try it!

    Kris

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  10. Self-Promotion Alert: I use BonzoBox I’m biased because I helped build it, but I like it a lot and it handles my bookmarking quite nicely.

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