Social bookmarking

The Delicious team unveils the new version of the social bookmarking site


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Avos, the new owner of the social bookmarking site Delicious, dusted off previously neglected service and unveiled a revamped version today – with new features and functionality.

The changes mark the first major updates to Delicious since the site’s peak popularity, despite being owned by tech giant Yahoo from 2005 to May 2011 (when Avos bought it).

“We realized that in order to continue to innovate for the long term, the eight-year-old site had to be rebuilt from the ground up,” the Delicious team wrote in a statement. blog post announcing the new site. “The result is a new home page, new interface and new back-end architecture designed to make Delicious easier to use. “

A major change to the site is a new feature called Delicious Stacks, which are collections of links that can be shared with others. The company calls them “playlists for the web”. Stacks can have custom images, titles, descriptions, and comments for each link. For example, podcasts that reference news from the web can create a delicious stack of links for each episode or for the entire show.

A few minor additions that make the site easier to use have also been added in the redesign. For example, tagging something is much more in tune with other bookmarking features. The old labeling method treated each word as a separate label – meaning “Doctor Who” should be entered as “DoctorWho”. The new site, by comparison, allows users to use tags with multiple words and supports commas (instead of spaces) as a way to add multiple tags to a particular link.

The revamped Delicious also supports profile photos, which should make the overall experience more enjoyable.

And although the term “bookmarks” has been replaced with the term “links,” they work essentially the same way. Additionally, something that carried over from the older version of Delicious is support for all Delicious APIs and feeds. The company said it plans to add more API support in the future.

However, not everyone is happy with the changes made by the new owners of Delicious, namely the changes to the navigation of the site.

“I love the design, but where are all my tags? My bookmarks are listed alphabetically, but that doesn’t show up in the new design, ”a longtime Delicious user commented on the new one. demo video posted on YouTube.

To access the list of old tags, users must click on their profile. The list of tags organized on the right side is now gone, replaced with a search navigation tool. The number of links (bookmarks) showing how many times a person has used this tag has also disappeared.

“You would think that a site hoping to attract new users and more traffic by changing things up a bit and improving it would – in fact – improve its site,” said another YouTube commentator, sterling man. “I understand we’re reverting to beta, but fix it, please! “

Check out the demo video of the new Delicious site embedded below.

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