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Planning for a Delicious future

2013 was a big year for us at Delicious. We relaunched the site from the ground up, built many brand new features, and have been blown away by the response to our Annual Reports project.  Our team also released a number of official apps for Delicious:

We are thrilled with the positive user feedback from our recently launched and refreshed apps. These apps are all built on a new platform our team has built to ensure stability and quality performance.

To that end, we’d like to give you more information about upcoming changes to Delicious to help it remain sustainable and free for the community.

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Annual Report – How Delicious was your 2013?

Another year has come and gone – and what a year it’s been!

Delicious celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a complete relaunch of the site, and we made it easier than ever to save from anywhere with new apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. But before we look to 2014, let’s take a look back at what made 2013 so delicious.

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We’ve generated a personalized year-in-review report for every user on Delicious, visualizing bookmarking activity over the past year as an interactive infographic. How many bookmarks did you save in 2013? Were the links you saved popular site-wide, or were you a lone wolf? What do your annual statistics say about you?

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Head to your Delicious profile and click 2013 annual report to view your statistics, or explore the reports of any user by clicking the button on any profile.

Don’t forget to share your report with us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter and tell us what made 2013 special for you. It’s never too late to join Delicious and start bookmarking the best of the web.

The Delicious Android App is here!

Two weeks ago, we re-launched Delicious with a brand new design and a renewed commitment to making Delicious better than ever. Since then, we’ve continued to make improvements to the new design and have also released our first official Android app!

Download the Android app from the Play Store here.

With the Android app you can save, find, and sort your links from anywhere. Easily edit tags and comments by pressing and holding links, and find interesting content saved by your friends in the Network feed.

The app integrates into the Android universal share menu in browsers and other apps for quick and easy bookmarking. From any webpage, go to the Share menu, then hit Save to Delicious. You can add tags and save your link without ever leaving the original app.

We’ve also updated our iPhone app to match our new Android app. Download or update here.

We want to thank everyone in the Delicious community for your great feedback on the new website. We’ve been implementing your ideas into the site on a daily basis. If you have anything to say about the new design or our apps, we’d love to hear from you at feedback@delicious.com.

Ten Years of Delicious – Same Ingredients, Brand New Flavor

We’re excited to announce the release of the brand new Delicious!

Delicious first launched in September of 2003 (then known as del.icio.us), and to celebrate our ten year anniversary we’ve rebuilt Delicious from the ground up. It’s faster, easier to use, and a whole lot more… well, delicious.

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We listened to your feedback and improved every aspect of the site — adding new features, improving current ones, and even bringing back a few old favorites.

With ten years of bookmarking comes ten years of community-curated links, tags, comments, and bundles — an extremely powerful resource that gets more valuable with every single save. We’re harnessing the nearly one billion links on Delicious into an unparalleled tool for search and discovery.

What’s changed?

Quite a bit! The entire site has been streamlined into a single-column layout for faster navigation without any clutter, and we’ve made some other improvements.

  • Tags and tag bundles are accessible from the top of every page.
  • Links can be searched or filtered by tag with a single click.
  • Double click any link to add it to your collection or edit one of your existing bookmarks.
  • The Discover feed is now personalized. See relevant links from your feed when you connect with Twitter.

What hasn’t?

Delicious is still all about you. Your links, your tags, your rules. We’ve dusted off the digital archives and brought back a few of oft-requested features, including:

  • Comprehensive tagging tools, with the ability to add tags to multiple links at once.
  • Search tags and sort results by recent or popular.
  • Stats for how often a bookmark has been saved and who was the first to add each link.
  • Your own personal tag cloud.

What’s to come?

We’re only just getting started. This new design is a direct response to responses from the Delicious community, so we absolutely still want to hear your feedback. In the coming months, we’ll be consistently pushing out new updates, features, apps (yes, Android), browser extensions, and more — so stay tuned!

Thanks to everyone in the community for ten great years of bookmarking.

Here’s to many more!

Big Update Coming to Delicious!

The holiday season has been especially busy here at Delicious. Mid-December we launched our official Delicious iPhone app and are thrilled with the positive feedback we’ve received so far… but now its time to start looking forward to the new year!

You may recall that last month we began previewing a new design for Delicious at demo.delicious.com. Today, we are excited to introduce some major improvements to the demo site (more details below). This new design will be rolled out to the main Delicious site in early January.

Some of the new product features and notable improvements include:

  • An omnibox search bar to conveniently search across keywords, tags, usernames, your network and even tag bundles!
  • Enhanced profile pages with names and personal bios added to make it easier to find friends and create a personalized link-sharing network of your own.
  • Single-page viewing experience to speed up navigation across your links and to supercharge content discovery.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to get you where you want to go faster than ever.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted feedback on the new design! It’s still a work in progress, so please keep your comments and suggestions coming via the orange feedback button at the bottom of every page.

Until next year, Happy Holidays from all of us here at Delicious!

Official Delicious iPhone App!

We are excited to announce that the official Delicious iPhone app is now available for download in the App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/delicious-official-app/id580295142

The visual style and user experience of the app mirrors that of the new Delicious site design currently being previewed at demo.delicious.com. Not only can users search and add links from their own collections with the app, but they can also search through links being saved by the community and their networks in real-time.

This is the only official iPhone app released for Delicious, and it is completely free to download. Support for Android and tablets are on our near-term roadmap as well.

We value your input in the features and products we develop, so please send any feedback to support@delicious.com.

Hope you enjoy Delicious on-the-go!

Delicious Refreshed

Today we’re excited to offer a preview of the brand new Delicious!


We’re proud of what we built and we hope you’ll like it too! This is just the start of what’s to come. More will be revealed as new features get released, but for now, we wanted to share a few of our guiding principles:

Community Matters
The Delicious community is a passionate bunch – consuming millions of links every day while collecting the best content on the net. In the future, we’ll make it easier for users to not only save their own links, but to discover the most interesting bits and bytes on the web by leveraging the crowd-sourced wisdom of our community.

Need for Speed
We want Delicious to be fast. Really fast! To that end, we rewrote the codebase and streamlined the user interface. Content now renders instantly and can be consumed in a single pageview – making it even easier to navigate the site.

Mobile Friendly
With our new iOS app (currently in development) users will be able to access their links wherever they go, and we have a roadmap in place to improve the way Delicious is consumed across a multitude of devices. So whether you’re an Apple fan or an Android loyalist, don’t worry, we have you covered!

Note: The demo site is still a work-in-progress and doesn’t have all the key features of the current Delicious. It may go down occasionally as we check in code and fix bugs. With that in mind, we would love to hear your feedback so we can incorporate your ideas into the product. You’ll find an orange Feedback button on the right-hand side of the site – please don’t be shy in letting us know what you think!

Without further ado, check it out now at demo.delicious.com!

Cheers,
The Delicious Team

API Update: Link Redirecting

Beginning on October 5th, some Delicious APIs will start returning URLs that redirect users through delicious.com before reaching the final link. Most users will not notice this change, as all links stored on the Delicious website are already redirected through this same pathway.

There are two exceptions for which Delicious will still return the raw (original) URLs in the API response:

  • Requests for exported links
  • Requests for a user’s own personal links

Why is Delicious providing redirect URLs for API responses?
Delicious currently serves  2-3,000 RSS / API requests per second, and is committed to being a free and open service that is safe for all users.  Returning redirect URLs in the API response protects users by allowing Delicious to check all links against a list of spam websites and warn users before entering those sites.

What will redirect URL looks like?
To avoid returning redirect URLs with a lengthy number of characters, Delicious will use the link shortener icio.us.

Who does this change impact?
This change may impact developers who have built applications that cluster links by domain based on the raw URL. Where possible, the API will return a new field, ‘expanded_url’ , that will contain the full URL, for users that explicitly need the unshortened URL.

Tasty Tagging

For this post, we thought we’d continue to share some of the inventive and creative ways that people are using Delicious as a tool in their personal and professional lives. This week, food!

It’s safe to say that the web has revolutionized home cooking. Cooking blogs, recipe websites, and tablets have all but replaced cookbooks in the kitchen, which has advantages and disadvantages. A cook’s collection of recipes cannot just be contained and organized within a single cookbook or recipe box anymore; now it is likely spread across a wide array of blogs and websites.

Many Delicious users have found a creative way to organize their recipes by getting specific with tags. When saving a recipe, they tag all of the ingredients so that when they’re searching for inspiration, they can check their fridge or pantry, see what ingredients they have, and then search for them within their Delicious tags.

Say you’re making dinner and have chicken, spinach, and an onion in the fridge, but you don’t know what you can cook. Simply search Delicious for the tags chicken, spinach, and onion, choose a recipe that sounds yummy, and voila!

Even if you haven’t tagged and added your own favorite recipes, many other users have — making Delicious a fantastic resource for searching and discovering the best user-curated dishes! Have tomato, avocado, and a lime? Okblueberry has you covered! Looking for something savory? Runnergrl has not only tagged her links, but also bundled all of her meat & seafood tags into a single tag bundle, creating a whole other level of hierarchy for her recipes.

Hungry yet? Then get cooking!

User Spotlight: Howard Rheingold

Because Delicious has such an incredibly diverse and vibrant community, we’ve decided to spotlight specific users who are curating content in interesting and imaginative ways.

Members of the education community are some of the most passionate and active users Delicious. For teachers, students, and even whole classes, Delicious can be a powerful tool to stay informed and organized in a field, and to easily pass information along to students, colleagues, and the world at large. Howard Rheingold knows this better than anyone.

Howard Rheingold is an author and educator who has taught digital journalism at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and his own online university Rheingold U, and was one of the original users of Delicious from way back in 2004 when the site was still in beta.

Howard uses Delicious to gather information, concepts, and theories to share with his students. For example, he uses the tag Smartmobs (the name of his 2002 book about the potential of technology to crowdsource global change) to catalog examples of this in today’s world — a resource which is remarkably useful for anyone trying to leverage the web to generate change or to spark a movement.

Howard is also a big advocate for the social advantages of Delicious. One of his top techniques is to use systematic searches and tag filtering to easily dig deep into a topic and share that information with his students. Sharing links with his journalism class on the topic of Twitter becomes as simple as combining two of his tags (“Comm217″ + “Twitter”) and sending them the link.

Another one of his tips is to try to discover experts to follow on Delicious: “Look for popular sites [with] particular tags of interest, find out who the earliest people were to tag those sites, [and then] look at what else they’ve bookmarked.”

Check out all of Howard Rheingold’s links here:
http://delicious.com/hrheingold/