Category Archives: Updates

Update on the browser extensions

In the past one of the ways of working with Delicious has been the browser extensions. For users of those extensions, it’s been frustrating that some of the features are not working.  There’s also inconsistency between the features in different browser extensions.  We want to clarify our position on the extensions and where we are going from here.

The original developers of the extensions did not anticipate Delicious users with thousands of bookmarks. As users noticed before the AVOS acquisition of Delicious, the extensions can at times transfer so much data that they cause problems with internet connections and browser stability. Rewriting the extensions to avoid these problems will take time and resources.

The challenge this creates is that our focus is on innovating and moving Delicious forward. We are rebuilding it into a site that once more attracts millions of people to enjoy the best content the web has to offer.  How the Delicious site works and operates is changing. It will continue to grow and change more quickly and this is where we are directing our efforts.

We recently reviewed the status of the extensions. Rather than keep people “hanging on” in the hope that we will work on them soon, we want to be up front about the following decisions we have reached:

  1. We’re putting the extensions on ice.  We will remove some broken options to avoid having non-functioning features deployed. This point is most relevant to the Firefox extension which always had more features than the others. Beyond this we have no current plans to continue developing them.
  2. We will promote the bookmarklet as the best way to interact with the site.  For the next few months this is where users will experience and see the changes we are bringing to Delicious.

If you already use a browser extension and are happy with it, then this has no impact on you.  If you want to experience the best that Delicious has to offer with the new features and changes we are launching, then we recommend that you use the bookmarklet.

We do believe extensions still have a place, but at the moment our priority is to focus resources on the experience at the front end of the site.  We’ll review the role extensions play with Delicious in several months time once the front end experience has further matured.

EDIT: Updated the link to reflect the new tools page location.

Chrome Browser issue that prevents bookmarking some sites with the bookmarklet

A small number of people have noticed problems when bookmarking sites like YouTube in the Chrome Browser with the Delicious Bookmarklet.  We’ve received confirmation that this issue is a problem with the latest release of Chrome when certain Chrome Applications are installed and also affects many other sites that have a JavaScript based bookmarklet.

When a Chrome Application like the Chrome YouTube Application is installed, it intercepts its URLs before the bookmarklet can see them causing the bookmarklet to fail.

The only work around we know at the moment is to delete the relevant Chrome Application (for example if you can’t bookmark YouTube links, make sure the YouTube Chrome App is removed).

This remains as an open bug with the Google Chrome development team, we’ll be sure to let you know if there is any change.

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

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.

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