New Delicious Not a Big Hit With Users of Old Delicious

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New Delicious Not a Big Hit With Users of Old Delicious
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I wasn’t already using Delicious before they unveiled the redesign this week, so I’m not missing anything that was there before. That said, I’ve known about Delicious for years. I’ve checked it out from time to time, but just never found it all that appealing. I’m guessing I wasn’t alone, which could be why it almost died before Yahoo sold it to the YouTube founders.

The revamp caught my attention, because I like what they’re doing with “stacks”. These are essentially collections of bookmarks based on a specific topic, displayed in an interesting way. I see a lot of potential for information discovery in this concept, and I think the guys who created the world’s biggest video site might be onto something again. I don’t know that it’s going to be YouTube big, but so far, I think it’s going to be worth using.

The stacks concept is explained simply in this video:

They still have some work to do, however. There needs to be better browser extension tools and mobile apps, though the mobile site isn’t terrible.

I’m viewing the site from the perspective of a new user, as if it’s an entirely new product, but of course this really isn’t the case. Delicious has been around for years, and regardless of Yahoo’s disinterest in it, it does have a solid community, and many of them aren’t thrilled about the new changes.

While at its core, the new Delicious serves basically the same purpose as the old Delicious – social bookmarking – it is now being executed in a pretty different way.

John Blump, a WPN reader, commented:

– the main page is full with images?! information = 0
– i saved links which do NOT appear anywhere (and other which do) ?!
– when i want to save through my firefox add-on, every time i’m asked to login !
– when i do save a link, i cannot use MY TAGS any more ?!
– now i’ve got only 10 links per page ! the designer did not understand the aim is to get the most links per page NOT the least !

ReadWriteWeb blogger Marshall Kirkpatrick calls the new Delicious a “bitter disappointment.” But again, he also talks about how his site has used the service a lot.

Suman, commenting on a GigaOm post about the redesign, wrote:

I had a fairly bad experience with the new Delicious today. Just last week I had spent a few hours curating my saved bookmarks and organizing tags. The new Delicious doesn’t seem to know anything about it. All my effort is lost. There is no longer a bulk-edit function to redo my changes. I can no longer manage my tags – could find no option for deleting old tags. Some of my tags with special characters are now broken, I get a 404 when I try to access them. I am done. Goodbye Delicious.

A few more comments from Twitter:

srsly new Delicious? I don’t care if you try to “improve” things with stacks but here the heck is my list of tags? #notuseful #cranky 4 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

@Delicious how can I get stuff I’ve saved in chronological order please NOT the number of saves please? That’s irrelevant to me. 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Also what’s happened to @Delicious networks? So useful but no sign of RSS and I hate seeing most popular saves at the top of my search :( 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

It does seem pretty clear that the transition process didn’t go very smoothly, and that’s clearly irritated quite a few people. The comments in this article are just a small sampling of what’s out there. That doesn’t mean that people won’t like the new Delicious. Whether or not it can capture mainstream appeal reamins to be seen, and again, I think mobile apps could help with that. After using it for a day, I don’t think it’s perfect, but I expect they’ll continue to make improvements. I do think it has the foundation of something that could grow into a really interesting place to find content shared by yourself and others.

What do you think of the new Delicious? Were you using the old version? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://greggivan.com Greg Givan

    I’ve been a heavy del.i.cous user since late 2008. I’ve managed to amass over a 1000 bookmarks over those years. I rely on tags to bucket links into many overlapping buckets. My homepage has been my delicious tag cloud for years. Now its gone. entirely.

    And I’ve also come to rely on delicous as a search tool for my web development career. I’ve often gone to delicious first before google for many things. The idea that someone overtly to action to save a page on a given subject is more valuable to me than a search engine crawler. The more saves, the more likely I might be to check to see if that particular bookmark leads me to what I need.

    All that said, you can count me in as one of the many dissatisfied legacy users. De-emphasizing tags in favor of stacks is… dumb. They could coexist.

  • thelauderdale

    What I just emailed migration@avos.com (ie. the new guys):

    Where are all my tags? Only 50 show up. There should be about 358. I can see that they still exist. When I plug a “missing” tag into the URL I am able to find links I had tagged with it. Why don’t they show up in the sidebar?

    Also, why aren’t tags in alphabetical order?

    Also, when I clicked on one of my most frequently used tags, it only brings up ten links. There should be over 400 links with that tag.

    Frankly, it’s a bit absurd. At least I’ve still got all of my links and tags – working properly together – stored on my computer, but now I don’t dare update to the new Firefox 7.0. Based on Avos’ current performance, that would be guaranteed to lose everything.

  • http://www.socialmotus.com Madeline

    This is like the recent Facebook changes, you just can’t satisfy everyone.

    • Audra

      This is not like the recent Facebook changes. Facebook is still perfectly functional. Delicious is not. The revamp essentially wiped out a majority of the functionality. Have you seen the list of things they are “still working on”? Here:

      Edit Network: We have ability to add/remove users, but do not currently support nicknames

      Edit Network Bundles: We will migrate existing bundles, but not initially have support for editing network bundles

      Set Network Privacy: We retain existing settings, but do not have an option to change at launch.

      Rename Tags

      Delete Tags

      Edit Tag Descriptions

      Edit Subscriptions

      Edit Subscription Bundles

      Delete People

      Network Badges

      Link Rolls: we will support existing link rolls via feeds

      Tag Rolls : we will support existing tag rolls via feeds

      Blog Posting: we will support existing blog post jobs

      Forums: we are evaluating options

      “My Tags” Page Example: http://www.delicious.com/tags/

      “Explore Tags” Page: http://www.delicious.com/tag/

      Follow /[user]/[tag]

      Post saved links to Twitter

      Most of these functions worked just fine before. They broke it.

    • JB

      I disagree, actually. With the Facebook changes nothing was lost; stuff was added that people didn’t want, but features that people might have liked weren’t compromised. New Delicious is frustrating because my tags are gone, searching is tedious and all the browser extensions seem to be struggling.

  • http://idealworldbodrum.blogspot.com Simon Cuss

    I am at this moment searching for the answer to my question, where are my tags. Without these Delicious has become pointless. I fail to see why functions have been dropped. You simply cannot do this!
    I hope this is a fault as I will drop Delicious for another service as I will not have anyone mess with my TAGS.

  • Brian McCorkell

    I am so disappointed with the new Delicious and certainly agree with Sue Llewellyn’s comments.
    I’m a keyboard fan who doesn’t like having to take his hands off the keyboard to access the mouse to do anything! The old Delicious was ideal for this.
    Yes, I know I had to use the mouse when I searched for something, but it was generally a lot easier. Although I can use a mouse there are many out there who have dexterity problems and so this Delicious is a step backwards.
    I also do not like the lack of tag suggestions, either when saving bookmarks or when searching for them in my list.
    OK, so maybe I’m being a little harsh. The Beta Status Blog link is helpful and they have now stopped the automatic Google search with its Sponsored links showing when I’m filtering my bookmarks. I’m also wondering if I’m getting old by wanting my old Delicious back. Aren’t they just trying to make it better and more appealing to those who love the social interaction websites?
    Anyway, this change has spurred me on to joining Diigo and importing all of my bookmarks into that site. I’ll be using both sites for a while to see which one I prefer.
    When you think about it communication is essential if you don’t want to upset your public. If the Delicious programmers had done the decent thing and explained to each of us via a highlighted link how the site was going to change then we might not have taken the disruption so badly.

  • Leigh Marriner

    How do I create new tags in the new delicious? It only seems to let me create a stack, and then only if it has a minimum of 3 links. So how do I get started with one link?

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