|Type of site||Online social bookmarking|
|Created by||Joshua Schachter|
The website del.icio.us (pronounced as “delicious”) is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter in late 2003, and was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
A non-hierarchical keyword categorization system is used on del.icio.us where users can tag each of their bookmarks with a number of freely chosen keywords (cf. folksonomy). A combined view of everyone’s bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL “http://del.icio.us/tag/wiki” displays all of the most recent links tagged “wiki”. Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.
del.icio.us has a “hotlist” on its home page and “popular” and “recent” pages, which help to surface interesting content and make the website an effective conveyor of popular internet memes and trends.
Many novel features have contributed to making del.icio.us one of the most popular social bookmarking services. These include the website’s simple interface, human-readable URL scheme, a novel domain name, a simple REST API, and RSS feeds for web syndication.
Use of del.icio.us is free. The source code of the site is not available, but a user’s own data is freely downloadable through the site’s API in an XML or JSON format, and can also be exported to a standard Netscape bookmarks format.
Everything posted to del.icio.us is publicly viewable by default, although a user can mark specific bookmarks as private, and imported bookmarks are private by default. The public aspect is emphasized; it is not focused on storing private (”not shared”) bookmark collections. Many people use the del.icio.us linkrolls, tagrolls and network badges to display their links and information on their weblogs. Others use the RSS feeds and daily blog posting feature to do this.
The del.icio.us domain name is a notable example of a domain hack, an unconventional combination of letters to form a word or phrase. del.icio.us, though not the first domain of this nature, is the best-known and most frequently-accessed domain hack, and the Yahoo! acquisition is the highest-profile acquisition of a domain in this category. However, delicious.com and delicio.us also redirect to the del.icio.us website.
On September 6, 2007, Joshua Schachter said the website’s name would change to “Delicious” when the site redesign was released, at an unspecifed date. The first letter will be uppercase in normal text and lowercase when displayed as a logo, and the domain name will be delicious.com.
- ^ http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/ebizmba25.html
- ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/6915817.stm
- ^ http://blog.delicious.com/blog/2007/09/taste-test.html
- del.icio.us development blog
|Exhaustive list of products and services|
|Advertising||Panama · Search Marketing · Yahoo! Publisher Network|
|Developer Networks/Resources||Yahoo! Gallery · Yahoo! Developer Network|
|Search||blo.gs · Directory · Flickr · Groups · HotJobs · Kelkoo · LAUNCHcast · Maps · Movies · News · Podcasts · Sports · Video · WWW|
|Communication & Publishing||Flickr · del.icio.us · Answers · Mail · GeoCities · Messenger · Voice · Games · 360° · Mash · Mobile · Go · Photos · Pipes · Upcoming · Jumpcut.com · Rivals.com|
|Computer Applications||Widgets · Desktop Search · Messenger · Music Jukebox · The All-Seeing Eye · Toolbar|
|Annual Revenue: $6.7 Billion USD (2007) · Employees: 11,400 (2007)
Stock Symbol: (NASDAQ: YHOO), (LSE: YAH) · Website: Yahoo.com
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