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Tweet a Link, Save a Link

Here at Delicious, we’re actively embracing the idea that the act of “bookmarking” has evolved beyond simply saving links.  By introducing stacks, we took the first step to transition content sharing on Delicious from a simple URL stream into sleek collections of your passions that include your own voice.

These days, great content is shared through a whole smorgasbord of social activities like retweeting and liking.  When you discover an interesting article or video and want to share

it with others, you’re most likely turning to a social media site like Twitter.  The need to share links quickly with tweeps while also capturing them for inclusion in a stack led us to our latest feature.

The new Twitter Connector on Delicious gives you the option of tethering your accounts together, so any link you tweet, retweet or favorite on Twitter is also saved to Delicious.  (Note to web speed junkies: sometimes the link-saving process can take a few minutes or more depending on system demands, so be patient!)

Here are some features and benefits of the Twitter Connector:

  • Every link you’ve shared via Twitter in the past (up to the last 3,200) will be imported into your Delicious account. (Delicious will ignore any duplicates)
  • You can choose a link-saving protocol for future tweets, including a) saving each link from Twitter going forward; b) saving just the links in tweets hashtagged with #d; c) saving every link except those hashtagged with #d.
  • You get to assign your own Delicious tag to every link coming from Twitter, and any hashtag included in your tweets (aside from #d) will be converted to unique tags on Delicious.
  • Multiple Twitter accounts can be set up, each with their own discreet settings and preferences.

Sharp-minded Delicious followers might recognize this as the same popular feature offered by Trunk.ly, which we acquired last November.

This is just our first step in integrating Delicious with your current web habits.  We will soon offer features like automatically tweeting your activities and adding more social networks to further streamline link-saving and sharing with your friends.

Oh!  We should mention that the Twitter Connector will be gradually rolled out over the next week. To check whether it’s available to you, visit your account settings page. If you see a “Sources” tab, you’re golden.

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

AVOS Acquires Trunk.ly to Enhance Link-Saving in Delicious

San Mateo, CA – November 9, 2011 - AVOS Systems, which recently re-launched Delicious.com and is led by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, has acquired link-saving service Trunk.ly.

Trunk.ly was founded in December 2010 by Tim Bull and Alex Dong, and is focused on making the bookmarking process more automated and supported by intuitive search. Trunk.ly collects every link that users share or “like” on websites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and stores them in one place to make them easy to find.

“It became clear from the first discussion with Trunk.ly’s founders that our visions for the future of bookmarking and discovery were closely aligned,” said Chad Hurley, CEO of AVOS. “Their technology and insights will accelerate link-saving and searching capabilities in Delicious.”

“We’re excited to join this stellar team and apply our bookmarking innovations to help Delicious users discover and collect the web,” said Tim Bull, co-founder of Trunk.ly.

More information on what this acquisition means for Trunk.ly users can be found on their blog.

It’s as easy as d.me

Do you love visiting Delicious, but hate typing all those letters into your address bar? Well, you’re in luck, because now all it takes is four keystrokes: d.me.

We’re always looking to simplify how people can access and use Delicious, and a shorter URL brings a number of benefits, such as a more concise way to point to your Delicious profile: d.me/chad, for example.

Saving Links via Email

UPDATE: The d.me email service was disabled
in the spring of 2012 due to a spam issue.

We’ve also added a way to save links by emailing the URL to an @d.me address. This is particularly useful for saving on a mobile device. Simply include the link in the body of your email, and use the subject line for your link title. You have the option of adding a comment, tags and privacy designation in the email as well.

Each user will have a unique email address to send links to, in order to let you send from any email. To create your own email destination, visit the “@d.me” section of your Settings page and enter an alpha-numeric code after your username. Be sure to save this email in your address book so you don’t have to remember cialis buy online it.

Then, next time you’re browsing on your mobile device, adding a link to Delicious will be easy like Sunday morning. Just select the option to email the link…

…enter any additional details and send to your @d.me email…

…and all the information will be saved in Delicious.

 

We welcome all feedback on making email saving better, and will continue adding new capabilities over time, such as saving multiple links from one email.There is also a new way to add a bookmarklet to your mobile browser. To see the details, visit our updated bookmarklet page.

 

More Updates:
  • We’ve started testing network feeds on select Delicious profiles, and hope to make networks available for everyone over the next few weeks.
  • The process for creating stacks has been streamlined, so try building a new one and let us know what you think on the Forum.
- Scott Bendar, Senior Software Engineer

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