Delicious

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Delicious (formerly del.icio.us, pronounced "delicious") is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter in 2003.


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Site description

Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.

Use of Delicious is free. The source code of the site is not available, but a user can download his or her own data through the site's API in an XML or JSON format, or export it to a standard Netscape bookmarks format.

All bookmarks posted to Delicious are publicly viewable by default, although users can mark specific bookmarks as private, and imported bookmarks are private by default. The public aspect is emphasized; the site is not focused on storing private ("not shared") bookmark collections.Delicious linkrolls, tagrolls, network badges, RSS feeds, and the site's daily blog posting feature can be used to display bookmarks on weblogs.

Features

There are a number of sorting options. Instead of sorting bookmarks by how recent or popular they are, you can also sort alphabetically, and reverse sort any of the above. They have also added bulk tag editing, and organization and sorting of your network of friends and people you watch.

It also includes a new search engine that includes contextual search. You can now search your own bookmarks, all bookmarks or just your network’s bookmarks. If you do not specify what you want, it searches whatever you are currently looking at – your own bookmarks, bookmarks from your network.

Navigation

The navigation bar is now organized into Bookmarks, People, and Tags. The tags section features a new MyTags page where you can see all of your tags in an expanded cloud. On the bar, you can search bookmarks amongst your own, networks, everyone’s, or the set you’re currently looking at.

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Tag Bar

The tag bar features tagging auto complete and sorting alphabetically, by date, and popularity.

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Statistics

It has already listed in 8th in the 20 Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites It includes 427,665,000 Inbound Links, 1,623,083 Compete Monthly Visitors, 317,000 Quantcast Monthly Visitors and 2,476 Alexa Ranking. The Delicious service boasts 3 million registered users and 100 million unique URLs bookmarked.


History

Delicious is created by a wonky Wall Street quantitative analyst named Joshua Schachter. In the late 1990s, he'd started a website called Memepool, which was a simple collection of Web links that he had found interesting, useful, or both. To bring some order to the chaos, Schachter wrote an application called Muxway, which allowed him to manage his links by giving each a tag. He rewrote Muxway, and in 2003 he launched it as a website called del.icio.us. In April 2005 it received approximately $2 million in funding from investors including Union Square Ventures and Amazon.com. Yahoo! acquired Delicious on December 9, 2005.


Name

The "del.icio.us" domain name was a well-known example of a domain hack, an unconventional combination of letters to form a word or phrase. Del.icio.us and delicio.us now redirect to the new domain, delicious.com. In an interview, Schachter explained how he chose the name: "I'd registered the domain when .us opened the registry, and a quick test showed me the six letter suffixes that let me generate the most words. In early discussions, a friend referred to finding good links as 'eating cherries' and the metaphor stuck, I guess." On September 6, 2007, Schachter announced the website's name would change to "Delicious" when the site was redesigned. The design went live on July 31, 2008.

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