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Why I chose Diigo over Delicious

Back in December, rumors were abounding regarding the shutdown of the bookmark sharing site, Delicious.  Yahoo, which owns Delicious, has since confirmed that while Delicious is not part of their future, their intent is to sell it, rather than shut it down. In the meantime, however, I (along with many other users) depended on Delicious for organizing bookmarks did not want to remain in limbo. I find the benefits of having my bookmarks located “in the cloud” to be very valuable, and proceeded to find other alternatives.

Ultimately I found my way to Diigo, and I am glad I did.

Importing my Delicious bookmarks (including the tags) was completely painless. Delicious allows users to export bookmarks, which can then be  imported to Diigo.

Diigo has a number of excellent tools that make working with the bookmarks very easy. For example, the Diigo Toolbar, Diigolet, and the Diigo Extension for Chrome. You can connect Diigo to Twitter and Save Favorite Tweets.  Android and iPad have not been left out – there are tools for them as well.

I have been using the Chrome extension regularly and am very excited about how easy it makes saving bookmarks. No more copying and pasting URLs. Additionally, I can highlight portions of a webpage and the highlighted portion is saved right in my bookmark. For example, I have college aged children and am always needing to revisit the Stafford Loan limits. I have saved the chart in my bookmark library. Cool, eh?

I haven’t saved a bookmark on Delicious since December 17.

UPDATE APRIL 27, 2011: Delicious has been transferred to AVOS, created by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Since I am on a new platform (Diigo), I won’t be following the instructions to transfer my bookmarks to AVOS. However, I am very glad to hear of the aquisition by a company that already has a lot of experience with social networking.

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2 responses to “Why I chose Diigo over Delicious

  1. missusk76 March 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Good to know. I will look into Diigo and export my bookmarks from Delicious…at least until Diigo sells…one really needs to keep thinking, eh? If continuing to challenge the mind is what keeps Alzheimer’s away, the future is good for anyone involved in the amazingly fluid world of technology, don’t you think?

  2. susan April 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Dear Delicious User,
    Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.

    To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy.

    Reasons to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks
    • Continue uninterrupted use of Delicious.
    • Keep your Delicious account and all your bookmarks.
    • Enjoy the same look and feel of Delicious today plus future product innovations.

    What happens if you do not transfer your bookmarks
    • Delicious in its current form will be available until approximately July 2011.
    • After that, you will no longer be able to use your existing Delicious account and will not have
    access to your existing bookmarks or account information.

    About AVOS
    AVOS is a new Internet company founded by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen who, in 2005, founded YouTube, the world’s largest online video platform. Before YouTube, Hurley and Chen were early employees at PayPal, a leading online payment service that is now part of eBay. Delicious will become a part of AVOS, based in San Mateo, California.

    Thank you for using Delicious. Yahoo! has appreciated having you with us, and we are pleased to be able to transfer Delicious to an incredible new owner — you’re in good hands.
    The Yahoo! Delicious Team


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