Late last year the digerati groaned when an internal Yahoo presentation that hit the Webs indicated the social bookmarking site Delicious would be “sunsetted.”
Many hustled to export their links, migrating to Reddit and StumbleUpon. Others looked for Open Source solutions that would give them a sense of freedom should another company decide to shutter their bookmarking apps as well. (I signed up with freelish.us earlier this month but between Twitter, Tumblr and simply sending items to Evernote don’t feel the need to publicly bookmark that much anymore)
But Delicious might live to see another day once more. YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have bought the service. The question then is what they might do with it.
From the press release:
The YouTube founders plan to work closely with the community over the next few months to develop innovative features to help solve the problem of information overload. “We see this problem not just in the world of video, but also cutting across every information-intensive media type,” said Chen.
Will be interesting to see what they might do with the site. Social bookmarking was very big for some time but got seriously disrupted by the live, organic bookmarking that Twitter’s enabled. Digg’s been hit hard. But then again, StumbleUpon and Reddit claim tremendous growth.
That’s not to say that Delicious needs to explode in order to be successful. It is to say that it’s great that a company is committed to getting behind it and nurturing its community so that it may grow. —Michael