Delicious Gets a Makover
Posted on July 31, 2008
The new version of the popular Delicious social bookmarking website has arrived. The announcement was posted on the Delicious blog where they say they have improved the speed, search and design of the website. Delicious now definitely is speedier and it has a much cleaner and more appealing look than before. The new website is at Delicious.com as Delicious leaves the old confusing del.icio.us url behind.
Delicious says they have speed up the new site with a new infrastructure. They also say the search engine is faster and more powerful. The interface was upgraded to improve usability and add use requests like the alphabetical sorting of bookmarks. Delicious says, "The new search engine is also smarter, and more social: you can search within one of your tags, another user's public bookmarks, or your social network. Now it's easier to take advantage of the expertise and interests of your friends, not to mention the Delicious community at large."
Valleywag jokes that Delicious is now powered by cupcakes making reference to the small white cupcakes graphics on the site. Technically, it's Yahoo powering the site they acquired in 2005. They seem to have assigned powerful enough servers to Delicious to keep it speedy.
Enthusiasm over social bookmarking has diminished ever since sites like Twitter and Plurk started becoming more popular but the redesign may bring back Delicious users. A lot of social aggregators also still pull in bookmark data from Delicious and a lot of the links posted to Delicious seem new and relevant enough so people are using the service. A Computerworld article says Delicious now contains 150 million bookmarked links and 5 million unique users.