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The Best Sites For Figuring Out What To Do If Delicious Shuts Down

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See Delicious Unveils New Features for the most recent update…

And here are some even newer updates:

Delicious Adds Collaboration and One-Ups Pinterest With Privacy is a TechCrunch post about some new additions to the Delicious bookmarking service.

NOTE: As you might have heard already, there are changed coming to Delicious, the social bookmarking application. You can read all about it at TechCrunch, Yahoo Sells Delicious To YouTube Founders.

And, if you haven’t already received an email from Delicious telling you what you have to do in order to transfer your bookmarks to the new Delicious, you can find the instructions here.

(A day after the news broke, Yahoo says it won’t be shutting down Delicious immediately and will be looking for a buyer. “We believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive,” the company said. You can learn more about it here at The Atlantic.)

The Web is abuzz today with what appear to be fairly solid rumors that Yahoo has made a decision to shut-down the popular Delicious social bookmarking site.

At the time I’m writing this post, though, Yahoo still has not confirmed nor denied the report (and not a peep about it on the Delicious blog). Ironically, they’re making this response (or non-response) when the report from TechCrunch about their shutting it down has been the most-linked site by users of Delicious for most of the day. Other posts about its demise have been in the top ten most bookmarked links.

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this “The Best…” list, but I thought it would be useful to get it started. I doubt that — if indeed this report is true — Yahoo is going to shut it down immediately, so they’ll be time to figure out plenty of alternatives.

So, here are my choices for The Best Sites For Figuring Out What To Do If Delicious Shuts Down:

First, of course, I have to include the TechCrunch post, Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us? [Update: Yes].

Alec Couros and others have begun a collaborative Google Doc sharing very useful information on various Delicious alternatives.

I have just revised and updated The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students, which is definitely worth a look. It also includes ideas on how I use them with students.

Vicki Davis has written a post titled Why We Need Social Bookmarking and What To Do in the Wake of Delicious’ Demise.

Delicious is Closing…how to import your bookmarks into diigo in 5 minutes is a very useful post by Michael Wacker.

6 Solid Alternatives to Delicious comes from The Next Web.

Rest in Peace, Del.icio.us by Gizmodo has some useful ideas and links.

Delicious Shutting Down: How To Save Your Bookmarks from Tech Cocktail is worth a look.

10 Alternatives To Delicious.com Bookmarking comes from Search Engine Land.

How to Export Your Delicious Bookmarks and Import Them Into Your Favorite Browser is from Lifehacker.

Here’s a site that lets you export your Delicious links to Google Bookmarks

Trunk.ly looks like another alternative worth considering.

A comparison of bookmarking tools – after Delicious’ shutting down debacle

2 Easy Ways to Keep Your Delicious Account Alive and Updated! is a useful post from Jeff Thomas. Among other things, he explains how you can easily save bookmarks to both Diigo and to Delicious at the same time, which I didn’t know about.

Google has finally created a process that makes it a lot easier to move Delicious bookmarks over to Google Bookmarks. You can read all about it at this TechCrunch post.

Backing Up diigo is a useful post from Doug Peterson.

Feel free to offer other suggestions.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

9 Comments

  1. Thank you for all of the alternatives you have given to Del.icio.us. This is very timely and helpful information!

  2. Thank you, Larry! I always appreciate your timely posts. I save my bookmarks to diigo, but autopost from there to Delicious, so I’ll need to find a new backup plan.

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  5. I’m been bookmarking on Diigo (http://www.diigo.com). Diigo is cool, too, because you can form groups, follow people, add bookmarks to the groups you belong to, etc. I’ve found a lot of great educational resources (I’m a teacher) from other people’s links on Diigo.

  6. Larry,

    Great post! I also wanted to recommend YourVersion http://yourversion.com as an alternative to Delicious.
    You featured YourVersion when we launched 15 months ago and won the People’s Choice Award at TechCrunch50: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/09/14/yourversion-looks-good-to-find-recommended-web-content/

    YourVersion is free and lets you easily and instantly import your Delicious bookmarks and tags. YourVersion lets users bookmark any page with our free plugins for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and our bookmarklet for any browser.

    YourVersion also brings you the latest news, blogs, tweets, and videos tailored to the topics you care about. In addition to our website, we also offer free apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android so you can discover on the go.

    Many educators have written to let us know that they use YourVersion every day with their classes to research and bookmark pages on a variety of topics.

    Happy Discovering!

    Dan Olsen
    CEO & Cofounder, YourVersion
    http://yourversion.com

  7. Hi Larry,

    Thanks for your list of resources. I want to provide another alternative for you and your readers to try, which is my company, YourVersion http://yourversion.com. We import your Delicious bookmarks and tags and we also offer discovery features to let you discover tailored content by your interests. Plus we have a lot of features that Delicious users are already familiar: browser tools to bookmark as you browse the web and a Profile page to share your bookmarks with friends.

  8. I would hope that Yahoo won’t pull the plug before Delicious gets transferred over, but you never know. This just serves as a reminder that it’s not a bad idea to back up your bookmarks to your computer occasionally. I’ve used Diigo before, and I think it’s a little too involved for what I want. All I want to do is save some links online for future use, make them available for others to view if they want to, and see what other people are browsing for a given topic.

  9. @Rick–Not sure why you think Diigo is too involved. I only use it for all the uses you listed. :)

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