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alternatives to deliciousDo you use Delicious to keep track of all of your bookmarks? If you do, you may have noticed the service mentioned in the news in recent months, with talks of Yahoo shutting Delicious down or selling it in the near future. This presents a cause for concern to some, especially if you’re a long-time user who’s afraid of possibly losing all of their hard-earned, well-placed bookmarks.

Or perhaps you aren’t concerned at all. Maybe you just dread the idea of switching services, or maybe you’ve been looking to switch but aren’t quite sure how to. What you need is a list of good alternatives. With the services listed below, you will be able to migrate your bookmarks over from Delicious, allowing you to rest easy knowing they’re alright.

1. Delicious To Google Bookmarks

Let’s start with the most recent method that’s out there. Just a few days ago, Google launched a new tool that allows you to import your Delicious bookmarks into Google Bookmarks. How timely of them.

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Like everything Google makes, the importer is very basic and straight forward to use. You can log in using your Delicious credentials or click the OAuth link to import all your bookmarks, labels and tags included.

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2. Springpad

Springpad is another really good alternative to Delicious. You can use Springpad as a place to save things you want to remember, but if you’re a Delicious user they also support importing your bookmarks.

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To do this, you’ll need to log into your Delicious account, then go to Settings>Export/Backup Bookmarks. Springpad will import your tags and notes. Then you log into your Springpad account and follow the simple instructions for uploading your Delicious bookmarks.

One Springpad Bookmark will be created for each of your Delicious Bookmarks, with all of the original titles and privacy settings left intact. A new notebook called ‘delicious’ will be created to house all of them.

3. Diigo

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Next up on the list is Diigo. With Diigo, you can easily import your Delicious bookmarks. Like Springpad, you’ll need to export your bookmarks from Delicious first. Then, log into Diigo, click on Tools at the top-right of the page. Select the Import Bookmarks link and locate the file that Delicious helped you export and you’re all done. Like the other services I’ve mentioned, all of your tags will transfer over too.

Conclusion

I’ve also seen that Evernote can handle the importing of Delicious bookmarks, so if you prefer to use Evernote over the other services I mentioned you might want to explore that option as well, although it does take a bit more work.

So there you have it, three solid ways to preserve your Delicious bookmarks, should you feel the need to either back them up somewhere or switch services altogether. There are other methods out there, sure, but as far as I can tell these are your best available options. I’ll leave the decision up to you, but I’ve listed them in the order in which I would go about the move.

Do you still use Delicious to keep track of all your online bookmarks? Which of these services would you most like to switch to? Leave a comment below so we can get a good discussion going!

  1. Marian Beddill
    December 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I don't use any of these services. I make a "webpage", saved on my own computer, with the website-addresses of the websites I might visit again. They are grouped by - my frequently-used - then by topics.

    Such a weblink has five portions - two of them are: 1) the actual website, as you see it when you are there, and 2) the stuff you want to use to name it. The other three portions are the standard HTML code pieces - the start-stuff; the separator; and the closing.

    This can be created by any text-edit program - the Notepad in Windows does it very well. And it can be edited/updated just by opening the file, and changing whatever needs to be modified.

  2. Dave Lewerenz
    March 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for the helpful advice... I just exported to Diigo... didn't know I could. :-)

  3. Aibek
    March 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Try checking their support forums. Or post it on MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answe... :-)

  4. Sebastian
    March 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I am using useKit.com, they provide a very nice delicious import and I can not only keep my bookmarks but also web-clippings, documents and so and so forth. And it allows private and public sharing.

  5. Sebastian
    March 4, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I am using useKit.com, they provide a very nice delicious import and I can not only keep my bookmarks but also web-clippings, documents and so and so forth. And it allows private and public sharing.

  6. Jediguy
    March 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I love using delicious. It works for my needs. I'm staying with it but I'll keep doing exports just in case they shut it down. Maybe they will sell it and someone else can make it even better. But they have my support.

  7. Rodrigo Ghedin
    March 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Keeping only freeware it's a fair reason, Steve. But I still think you could mention Pinboard as a "bonus", highlighting it's paid but, nevertheless, better the the free alternatives.

    I and, I guess, many other people don't mind paying a little in order to have a better experience :-)

    []'s!

  8. billybliss
    March 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I prefer historious, which utilizes full-text searching. I find this easier than tagging, which I don't always have time to do. They have free accounts but I recommend the paid plan, which is under $20 a year. Check 'em out at: http://historio.us

  9. billybliss
    March 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I prefer historious, which utilizes full-text searching. I find this easier than tagging, which I don't always have time to do. They have free accounts but I recommend the paid plan, which is under $20 a year. Check 'em out at: http://historio.us

  10. Chris H.
    March 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I recommend YourVersion. They have a lot of the same great features from Delicious. Also it is free and they have a very easy-to-use site. They have browser extensions for all browsers, a profile page and they bring in all your Delicious bookmarks, tags and notes. Give it a try and see what you think. The url is: http://yourversion.com

  11. Chris H.
    March 3, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I recommend YourVersion. They have a lot of the same great features from Delicious. Also it is free and they have a very easy-to-use site. They have browser extensions for all browsers, a profile page and they bring in all your Delicious bookmarks, tags and notes. Give it a try and see what you think. The url is: http://yourversion.com

  12. Mrthermister
    March 3, 2011 at 12:26 am

    @Tkrug. Springpad is indeed social. You can share pretty much anything, including bookmarks.

  13. Tagus
    March 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I finally moved to diigo .. because it's a lot faster to post or search even compare to google bookmark.

  14. Tkrug
    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    The problem as I see it is more the question of the social nature of searching what others have tagged. Diigo does that, but w/ Google the sharing is whole lists. Not the same at all. Springpad & evernote are just backups for your own stuff- no social at all.

  15. Shakiestnerd
    March 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I saw where lastpass had acquired xmarks. I'd love to see the two products integrated into one.

    Somewhere among 3 pc's and 3 browsers (ie, firefox, chrome) xmarks sometime doubles all the bookmarks. Haven't researched the issue any yet.

  16. Shakiestnerd
    March 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I saw where lastpass had acquired xmarks. I'd love to see the two products integrated into one.

    Somewhere among 3 pc's and 3 browsers (ie, firefox, chrome) xmarks sometime doubles all the bookmarks. Haven't researched the issue any yet.

  17. digideth
    March 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    100% Agree.

    Sorry but this post needs to have Best removed from the title.

    The 3 listed are far from being the best more like mediocre.

  18. Barrie Stephenson
    March 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I've transferred all my Delicious bookmarks to Pinboard - well worth the set up cost.
    http://pinboard.in

  19. Rodrigo Ghedin
    March 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    You forgot THE Delicious alternative: Pinboard. It's paid (just for signing up) but far better than all of these above :-)

    []'s!

    • digideth
      March 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      100% Agree.

      Sorry but this post needs to have Best removed from the title.

      The 3 listed are far from being the best more like mediocre.

      • Steve Campbell
        March 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

        Sorry you feel that way, digideth. Are there any other alternatives you would like to share, or does your allegiance lie with Pinboard too?

    • Steve Campbell
      March 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Pinboard is a good alternative, Rodrigo, but since it isn't free unfortunately I couldn't include it here.

      • Rodrigo Ghedin
        March 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        Keeping only freeware it's a fair reason, Steve. But I still think you could mention Pinboard as a "bonus", highlighting it's paid but, nevertheless, better the the free alternatives.

        I and, I guess, many other people don't mind paying a little in order to have a better experience :-)

        []'s!

    • Dave Drager
      March 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      I'm a huge fan of Pinboard as well. Steve couldn't mention it here because we only feature free software items, but it is very fairly priced and would recommend it to anyone!

  20. RandomMatter
    March 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    i use xmarks.com

  21. Barrie Stephenson
    March 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I've transferred all my Delicious bookmarks to Pinboard - well worth the set up cost.
    http://pinboard.in

  22. Rodrigo Ghedin
    March 2, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    You forgot THE Delicious alternative: Pinboard. It's paid (just for signing up) but far better than all of these above :-)

    []'s!

  23. Random.Matter
    March 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    i use xmarks.com

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