Like a caterpillar turing into a butteryfly, Del.icio.us became Delicious.com last week. While I will miss the funky URL because I put so much time and effort into learning how to type it properly, I’m generally very happy with the improvements and the new look.
The thing that I love the most is the extended notes field. Obviously I use Del.ici… er… Delicious all the time for slapping quick links up on the blog. I’ve always been a bit handicapped by the short notes field parameters. Let’s just say that sometimes I have difficulty expressing myself in 120 characters or less. (Hush, you.) I am now “limited” to 1,000 characters. Woohoo! I may actually be able to blog properly again just using the Delicous blog roll function. (A function that, it should be said, looks nicer now, but is still just as archaic and user-unfriendly to set up. Are you listening, Yahoo!?) The Delicious Firefox add-on still limits users to 255 characters but according to the Delicious Support Forum they are working on a fix. Happy news!
Other niceties include cleaner organization, faster search, tag sorting, bookmark history (see what other Delicious users said about your links), private nicknames (so that “stblogr351” shows up on your Network list as “Joe”), and a contextual ‘action box’ that gives you a shortcut to a few of the more popular actions for each type of Delicious page. (For a full list of updates, click here.)
Great work, Yahoo! And you did it without Micro$oft’s “help”. All I can say is: Yahoo! 🙂
UPDATE: I forgot to add a link to the Delicious.com blog post regarding the change. Even if you don’t want to read the post, they have a great little video of how the site transformed from Del.icio.us to Delicious.com. Fun stuff!