Good news to those still fans of the Del.icio.us social bookmarking site. On the delicious blog is now news that Yahoo! Inc has sold the property to the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Delicious will keep existing and will be part of their new company AVOS.
From the AVOS website, we read the following:
â€œWeâ€™re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level,â€ said Chad Hurley, CEO of AVOS. â€œWe see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the web.â€
That means that the service will continue to operate, and even better, to improve. So hopefully we can see a Firefox 4 compatible version of their browser plugin anytime soon. Lets see what else they come up with to improve the current site.
Some changes are already set. If you log in to your delicious account you will be prompted to confirm your authorization of migrating your data from Yahoo to the new Delicious home servers. If you do not authorize, your account will not be migrated and thus will be deleted.
I already signed up for the migration, and although I’ve been critical of proprietary software as a service solutions, I find delicious (and its firefox & chrome plugin integration) very handy and useful. I’d love to see free bookmarking services like Scuttle to improve to match Delicious, or see how Freelish.us develops, but in the mean time, I’m still a Delicious bookmarks user.