Monthly Archives: December 2011

New email notifications and more dynamic stacks

New email updates

While Delicious has feeds for most of the content that people add, not everyone likes to use a Feed Reader.  Email can be more convenient for some notifications.

To provide you with choice in how you receive information, we’ve now added optional email notifications for some key events.  For example, now when you follow a stack, you can be automatically emailed whenever the stack owner adds a new link.

You have full control over these emails and can turn notifications on and off on the settings page.

Farewell “kitten man”

A persistent stack image on the home page over the last two weeks has been one we affectionately refer to internally as “Kitten Man”.

We’ve improved the way we select stacks to make it more dynamic which means there are now newer, fresher stacks for you to discover on a more frequent basis. Sadly “Kitten Man” no longer holds top billing, however if you can’t get enough you’ll find his stack here.

Finally, Happy Holidays!

From all here at Delicious, we wish you safe holidays and a Happy New Year.  Here’s to a New Year full of cialis online without prescription Delicious treats!

- Lucy Bain, Programmer

Performance release and brief downtime between 8PM – 10PM PST tonight

We’ve just pushed a new release which will resolve most of the performance issues we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of weeks.

To complete this update, we will be rebooting the database servers between 8 pm and 10 pm PST on Thursday, December 22nd  (4 am-6 am GMT on Dec. 23rd).  This will cause the site to be slow and potentially unresponsive for short periods while caches rebuild.

All of the servers have been upgraded and an additional caching layer (to serve content more quickly from memory, rather than having to look for it on disk) has now been implemented.

 We’ve also expanded the existing caches with more machines.

Along with the performance changes, we’ve also included several small fixes, including tightening up the white space on the link lists further, selected text is once again added to the description when using the bookmarklet and other minor changes.

Minor enhancements and performance issues

We promised last week that upgrades will start to happen more frequently as we move onto the front foot with making Delicious the best place to discover and collect the web.

Site performance issues

As we’ve been introducing more features and Delicious starts growing again, underlying performance is increasingly becoming an issue.  We are currently working through caching issues in order to handle the high volume of RSS and API requests we receive daily.

We’ve made some changes which are helping, but there is still more to do.

We are also expanding our team to dedicate more operational resources on a 24×7 basis to ensure the site always performs at its best.  If you, or someone you know are interested, please refer to our jobs page.

Easier to browse and share stacks

Stacks are now even easier to browse, with Next and Previous buttons that hover as you scroll down the page allowing you to scan through stacks inside a category.  In addition to sharing via email, you can now share stacks directly to Twitter and Facebook.

In Summary

We’re not standing still, we continue to actively listen to and consider user feedback.  This latest release also includes many small visual and consistency tweaks in response to feedback, a fix to the Firefox Bookmarklet to get better consistency of tags and lots of other small improvements.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be working on building ways of enabling you to work together on stacks, streamline

the stack experience, integrating more of the functionality from Trunk.ly and continuing to improve and refine the overall experience on delicious.com. We’re also aware of an issue where YouTube Video pages can’t be saved in Chrome using the bookmarklet at the moment and we’re looking into it.

- Vijay Karunamurthy, Chief Engineer

New Look on Delicious

We’ve received a lot of helpful suggestions from the Delicious community, and if you mosey on over to Delicious.com, you’ll see we’ve been listening.

Updating the Design

We’ve begun a comprehensive overhaul of how the Delicious UI deals with information density and hierarchy, while applying a clean, consistent style. Giving Delicious an interface flexible enough to add new features moving forward was a strong consideration. It required us to take into account overarching themes like how content types get presented (stacks, links, actions, and so on) to minute details like a consistent button style.

Here’s an example of the old link-saving page compared with the new one:

Enhancing Discovery through Stacks

At the top of our priority list was exploring new stack layouts, to help visitors discover content. There were a number of considerations that went into formulating the new stack design, with the end goal of making the content more compelling including:

  • More prominent comments from the stack creator to add a greater level of personalization
  • A more informative presentation with better content previews, to give a clearer sense of what’s behind each click
  • Better media display that showcases quality images and compelling video

 

We also wanted to make it easier for you to find stacks centered on your interests, so we’re now categorizing them into areas such as Comedy, Food, Music or Sports. These categories will be revised and expanded over time.

 

We’re going to continue looking for better ways to present stacks, and would love to hear your thoughts on this latest push. Drop us a line with your feedback.

Delicious has been a work in progress since the beta re-launch, with our attention primarily on completing the migration from Yahoo!. We’re focused now on innovating Delicious to empower web discovery, and actively building the team and dedicating the resources to make it happen. New features and site updates will start rolling out more rapidly, so keep watching this space.

- J.T. Trollman, Lead Designer & Alex Dong, Senior Software Engineer