Monthly Archives: September 2011

The First 20 Hours

It’s been quite a day. We launched the new Delicious a little before midnight last night, and it was amazing to watch new stacks being created and links being saved on our site just minutes later. Now it’s 20 hours later, and thousands of stacks have already been created. Thanks to everyone who gave stacks a try – please keep sending us feedback on what you think of the experience.

Speaking of feedback, we were thrilled to get so much of it today. Delicious is in “back to beta” mode, after all, and we’re depending on users to help us improve the interface and track down bugs. We spent a lot of time reading user emails and comments across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and anywhere else we could think to look. All of it was helpful, and we responded to as many people as we could. For those who haven’t heard from us directly, hopefully this blog post will address your pending question or concern.

First and foremost, all previous Delicious users should know that if you agreed to transfer your data to AVOS, all that information is secure. If you’re not seeing all your bookmarks right now, it’s because we made a late decision to limit the amount of data we initially transferred from Yahoo!. We’ll be restoring all the data into your profile in the coming weeks. We should have made this limitation clearer to everyone from the outset, and I want to apologize for any headaches it has caused or will cause.

Beyond that, our engineers are drilling down on specific issues we’ve heard since the re-launch. We already completed these fixes:

  • RSS feeds working (fixed a DNS issue)
  • Fixed password reset process
  • Resolved bugs in feeds that were blocking link rolls

In addition, we’re working hard to address other issues that users mentioned today, including:

  • Fixing browser extensions in IE, Chrome and Firefox
  • Adding in tag bundle functionality
  • Increasing the number of links per page
  • …and many more

For the latest on the status of our features and functionality, your best bet will be to check the Delicious FAQ on our Help page, which will be updated regularly. We’ll also keep you updated on site progress through this blog and the Delicious Twitter feed and Facebook page.

This was an exciting first 20 hours for us, and there’s much more to come, so keep on saving and stacking those links!

- Vijay Karunamurthy, Chief Engineer

A New Flavor…Still Delicious

Hey there, we have some great news – the new Delicious site is now live! Today’s a big day for us, and there’s lots to share. We’ll try to keep it brief so you can start using the new service and giving us feedback!

Back to Beta

“What if they say I’m no good? What if they say, ‘Get outta here, kid, you got no future?’”
- Marty McFly, Back to the Future

We feel a bit like Marty today as we launch the new Delicious. After acquiring the service from Yahoo! in April, we realized that in order to keep innovating over the

long term, the eight-year-old site needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. The result is a new homepage, interface and back-end architecture designed to make Delicious easier to use.

We’re proud of what we built, but the process has also brought the site “back to beta” as a work in progress. Much more work will be needed to realize our vision: keeping the essence of Delicious – the premier social bookmarking tool – while building upon its core functionality to create a great discovery service, too.

We’d love hearing your thoughts on the site’s new features, any bugs you spot, and if you have issues accessing your bookmarks – so email us. If we’re missing a feature you loved, or you have a brilliant idea for a new feature, let us know so our development team can prioritize their next projects.

With that expectation-setting out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

Introducing Stacks – “Playlists for the Web”

Every day, people create boatloads of content on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and across the entire web. It’s getting increasingly difficult to cut through all the noise. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, search works great, but what if you want to discover something new? Conversely, how can you easily organize the best websites around a topic you know a lot about?

We came up with a simple solution called stacks, which are collections of links that you can share. They’re playlists for the web!

Here’s how they work. Select some related links, plug them into a stack and watch the magic happen. You can customize your stack by choosing images to feature, and by adding a title, description and comment for each link. Then publish the stack to share it with the world. If you come across another stack you like, follow it to easily find it again and catch any updates.

Our goal with stacks is to add more value to all the links being collected by the Delicious community. Each new stack presents an opportunity to introduce the rest of the world to cool web content they haven’t seen before.

You may also notice these Delicious updates…

  • Site navigation is simpler, and many redundant features have been consolidated
  • Bookmarks are now called links, but they mean the same thing
  • Any links previously marked private in Delicious will remain that way
  • We’re still supporting all Delicious APIs and feeds, with more on the way
  • Multiple-word tagging is now possible (“San Francisco”); tags are separated with commas
  • Profile pics are now supported, with more social features to come

For a full list of Delicious updates, and past features that aren’t included in the new site, visit the FAQ on our Help page.  We’re counting on your feedback during this beta period, so please write to us via the “Contact Us” tab on the Help page as well.

To stay informed, keep checking this blog and follow us here:

We see this as just the first step on a long path to solving the discovery problem, and look forward to joining you on this exciting journey!

- The Delicious Team