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July 5, 2011

NGoor, Another Social Bookmarking Site

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With Delicious.com now officially entering the era of doubts around what will happen to the site and our information, links many of us have started already to look for another platform to save and share our links on. Ngoor is one of the newest to enter the space of social bookmarking and has a touch of Digg and Delicious.

After the acquisition of Delicious, by Youtube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, we were told that a Delicious update would soon soon but right now there’s no news yet and nobody knows whether Delicious will continue to exist in its actual format, as a social bookmarking site. Whether to change or stick to Delicious is a decision nobody can make for you, but there are several alternatives in town and ngoor is an easy way to bookmark and share links. The best element about ngoor is that social bookmarkers, or users of platforms such as Reddit and Digg will immediately feel at home.

The main Ngoor features revolve around: bookmarking, sharing and discovering.

- Bookmarking: is the process of saving a link for future use. You can access your bookmarks (or saved links) from any computer. You can put a tag on each link in order to organize your work, travel, plans, weekend, … . You might be interested in shopping online and see who else is interested in the same product and follow other consumers’ interests.

- Sharing: You can share your links ( or bookmarks) with other members, so your friends, co-workers, and other people can view and use them as references, for joint collaboration purposes etc.. (Note that you might also mark your bookmarks on ngoor as private.)

- Discovering:You can add to your own collection of bookmarks updates of other ngoor members whom you follow. You have access to the links that other members save on their own ngoor profile. You can see who else saves the same link that you are into. Additionally you can see the number of ngoor members who express their interest in the link you are interested in.

An interesting touch to NGoor is that you only need to add the ngoor URL to every link you wish to save to bookmark or share the link. If you wish to share this entry on Ngoor, use this link and the ngoor bookmark window will appear:
http://ngoor.com/www.blogherald.com/2011/07/05/ngoor-another-social-bookmarking-site

It’s as simple as that. This annihilates the need to save any bookmark lets or use browser extensions and makes Ngoor truly usable on any platforms, also on your mobile phone or iOS devices.

Try Ngoor if you’re looking for a new social bookmarking service or an alternative to Delicious.

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April 27, 2011

YouTube Founders Save Delicious, But Is It Too Late?

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After news leaked out that Yahoo! was shutting down Delicious (then announcing plans on selling the social bookmarking service), it looks like the former internet titan has found a new lease on life under new leadership.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. They are committed to running and improving Delicious going forward. (Official Delicious Blog) read more

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March 11, 2011

Did Yahoo! Sell Delicious?

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Has the former search giant finally sold off Delicious? Reportedly Yahoo! was able to find a buyer for the former book marking service, although they apparently sold the platform at a loss.

We’ve received a solid report from a reliable and proven source that Yahoo has sold social bookmarking site Delicious for $5m+. [...]

After a heated bidding process, the site has reportedly been sold to a rival bookmarking service – who exactly we’re unsure of but we’ll update once we have confirmation. (The Next Web)

It’s still unclear who allegedly bought Delicious, although if the information above is correct then Yahoo! sold the company at a loss (as they previously bought delicious for $18 million).

While some may suspect Google could have purchased the service (as the company also offers users a social book marking tool), it could have been a much smaller company instead.

Yahoo! as expected is being tight lipped regarding the reports, (they’re refusing to confirm or deny the report), although we will stay tuned for more details to see whether or not Delicious fans have new owners.

Hat tip: Mashable

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December 17, 2010

Who Will Buy Delicious From Yahoo?

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After causing a brief firestorm amongst the blogosphere, Yahoo! is claiming that they never intended to shut down Delicious and were instead attempting to sell it off to another company.

Is Delicious being shut down? And should I be worried about my data?

- No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive.

What is Yahoo! going to do with Delicious?

- We’re actively thinking about the future of Delicious and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service and our users. We’re in the process of exploring a variety of options and talking to companies right now. And we’ll share our plans with you as soon as we can. (Official Delicious Blog)

Note: As of this writing their blog is down, although fortunately for us there is a Google cache available.

Although Delicious was a force of its own years ago (perhaps second only to Digg at the time), it has declined in prominence recently as many users have moved on towards other book marking services like Evernote and Instapaper.

While the domain itself is valuable (especially if one wants to start a food blog), it’s unclear who would want to own Delicious, especially after the service became stagnate under Yahoo!’s watch.

Hopefully Yahoo! is able to find a buyer (especially one with talented engineers to keep it going) as shutting down Delicious would be a tragedy for many users still using the service.

(Hat Tip: TechCrunch)

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November 25, 2010

Delicious Founder Receives Funding For Tasty Labs Project

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Joshua SchachterJoshua Schachter, best known for founding and eventually selling social bookmarking site Delicious to AOL has announced new funding for his latest project known as Tasty Labs.

His new project is fueled by Union Square Ventures, a New York investment firm that has stakes in various top company’s including Twitter, Zynga and Foursquare.

Very little is known about the new project at this time, although Schachter says on the new website that the company aims to put “the useful back into social software.”

Heading up Tasty Labs with Joshua is former Google engineer Paul Rademacher and co-founder Nick Nguyen. The move explains Nguyen’s recent departure from Mozilla. read more

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August 24, 2009

Movable Type Monday: 4.31 Released, Plugin Profiler, Action Streams, and More

Happy Monday, folks! The minor update to Movable Type we talked about last week was released a few days ago. It fixes a number of small bugs, including a problem with the asset manager and custom fields. Be sure to check out the release notes to see everything that was fixed.

We’ve also got a handful of plugins this week. First, Byrne Reese has released the Template Profiler. This plugin will give you data on what’s happening when your index templates are published. Publishing speed is one of those ongoing issues with MT. This tool can help you find bottlenecks in your templates that need to be optimized. read more

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June 22, 2009

Movable Type Monday: New Version and New Plugin

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Happy Monday, folks. Only a couple of items on the agenda for this week. First, Movable Type 4.261 was released. This is a very minor update, mainly to fix the schema upgrade issue we told you about last time. If you upgraded to 4.26 and you’re not having any problems you can safely hold off on this update.

Finally, Dan Wolfgang released a new plugin for Action Streams. Dan’s Delicious Tags plugin lets you pull any Delicious tag results into your Action Stream. It’s particularly handy if you’re tracking search terms related to your industry.

What have you done with MT lately? Let us know in the comments.

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March 9, 2009

4 Alternatives to Blog Search

Last week I wrote a column asking whether or not blog search was dead. In the column, I lamented how blog search has waned in usefulness from the major providers and explained some the biggest problems with blog search today.

But with blog search being rendered almost irrelevant, staying on top of one’s topic of interest is becoming more and more difficult. There seems to be no one solution to this problem and, over the years, I’ve actually found many different ways to keep up to date.

Here are four of my favorites, complete with how they work and their advantages and disadvantages. As you’ll see, no system is perfect, but by using some or all of these systems together, you can keep on top of your field pretty easily. read more

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November 7, 2008

Delicious Turns 5

One of the blogosphere’s most widely used web apps is probably Delicious. That’s Delicious and not del.icio.us these days, remember! Anyway, the service is now 5 years old and is obviously successful:

We’re now up to 5.3 million users. And with over 180 million unique URLs saved, together we have built a community resource that just keeps getting more interesting and more useful.

Congratulations!

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