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A New Flavor For Delicious

Yahoo's bookmark-sharing site Delicious finally launched its long-awaited 2.0 version, almost two and a half years after Yahoo bought the site.

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?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 1, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
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Comments

I'm a frequent user of Delicious. I like the new, easier URL, but dislike only being shown my most recent three bookmarks in a given category - I now have to click "show all". I would appreciate a setting to change the number of my own results displayed, or indeed to display all as the default.

I like the "Everyone's related tags" feature that appears at the bottom - I can't remember that from the old version, but maybe I just didn't notice it.

Up to now I've almost always used Delicious as a way of recording my own bookmarks. I've rarely used its social aspects to search other people's bookmarks - maybe this is something I will do more, especially if the search enhancements prove useful. The tag cloud is a useful visualisation.

Posted by: Paul Hulbert | August 1, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads-up, Rob ! Despite using del.icio.us - or delicious - daily, I haven't seen any notice regarding the fact that, for example, the delicious add-on for Firefox can now be found under «delicious», instead of «del.icio.us» as previously, in the list of add-ons. Nice, as you point out, to no longer have to remember just where the dots go....

Like Paul Hubert, I don't use delicious to search other people's bookmarks, but rather to access my own (some 650 of them) on different computers. For this I find the sidebar tool of great utility. I recommend it highly !...

Henri

Posted by: M Henri Day | August 4, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I have a friend who is very busy but likes to keep up with various topics. He gets "tons" of email every day so sending URLs he might be interested in often results in him missing something.

I use the "For xxx" feature (under people in the new design) to tag articles. He then can read them when he has time to do so.

Posted by: Russ | August 4, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I made the mistake of installing del.icio.us. It wiped out the entire 150 or so bookmarks I had collected prior that time. After much prodding del.icio.us instructed me how to uninstall their product, promising my bookmarks would then reappear. I uninstalled successfully according to their instructions, but never found my previous bookmarks. My advice: avoid delicious.

Posted by: Amtak | August 7, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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