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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.