Today a lot of people are mourning the possible loss of Delicious (or, as it used to be known, del.icio.us), following news that Yahoo is planning to sell or otherwise dispose of the popular Web bookmarking service five years after acquiring it.
Given the frequency with which companies acquired by Yahoo are shut down (or otherwise disposed of), you'd think the folks at Yahoo were wearing a black cowl and carrying a scythe. Finding out you have a message from Carol Bartz must be like your doctor telling you he found a dark spot on your X-ray.
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Read Write Web's Marshall Kirkpatrick is especially broken up about the possibility of Delicious' demise (do note that many websites have claimed Delicious was killed, but apparently that's not quite true):
It's a loss not just for the many people who used Delicious to archive links of interest to them around the Web, it's a loss for the future -- for what could have been. Five years later, people are just beginning to appreciate the value of passively published user activity data made available for analysis, personalization, and more. That could have been you, Delicious ...
It was beautiful. And now it's gone.
The Library of Congress should have bought it, similar to the way it has now archived every tweet ever tweeted.
So much value. So unappreciated. So tragically lost. Where will we all gather next, where our bookmarks can be centralized for maximum network effect?
Me, I was never a Delicious aficionado. Really, all of the social bookmarking/aggregation sites -- Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and so on -- leave me cold. They're either inscrutable to use, or they tend to be dominated by too many obnoxious teenagers with too much time on their hands. Maybe Delicious was different -- but it may be too late, in any case.