A New Flavor For Delicious
Delicious, for the uninitiated, is a Web-based bookmarking system that lets you save links you find interesting, adding notes about their content and tagging them with keywords. You can access these saved shortcuts from any other browser by logging into your free Delicious account, or by using a variety of browser add-ons to integrate this site with your own software.
You can also see sites saved and tagged by other Delicious users -- strangers as well as your own circle of friends and colleagues (yes, this is yet another social-networking site at which you can tend a friends list). Think of Delicious as a bookmarks file with a collective brain.
But until this week, Delicious had seen few major changes under Yahoo's ownership. The changes center on a comprehensive redesign of its interface to make it easier to get to Delicious's tools. An un-advertised upgrade, a bigger comments field for each bookmark, has also drawn some early praise.
With the new looks come promises of improved performance, plus a new address. The old del.icio.us was cute and memorable, but far too easy to mispell ("wait, was that deli.ciou.us or de.liciou.us?"); now, it's plain old delicious.com. I wish I knew how much Yahoo had to pay to grab that domain name!
I'm more of a dilettante than a devotee of this site: I've found it handy for saving shortcuts to Web pages that I'm only going to read or print once, like a new recipe or a computer-debugging anecdote, but Delicious has never become part of my daily Web routine.
I'll try to spend a little more time on it now as I explore the redesign. Meanwhile, let me know what you think of its new features -- are they helping you get more out of this site, or are you just feeling lost?
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