Pinboard has acquired Delicious, a bookmarking site people from the dim and distant past may remember. Or not. Delicious has been a thing since 2003, and it’s still hanging on in there. However, it looks like the end may finally be nigh for this relic of the old-skool interwebs.
In 2003, Joshua Schachter launched Delicious as a social bookmarking service designed to let users save and share links. It did this with aplomb, leading Yahoo to acquire it in 2005. Delicious has changed hands multiple times since, but the site may have found its final owner in Pinboard.
Pinboard Acquires Delicious for Peanuts
Pinboard acquired Delicious in May, with Pinboard founder Maciej Ceglowski telling The Next Web he paid $35,000 for the site. If true then it’s a bargain basement price for a site which Yahoo once spent at least $15 million acquiring. But then Yahoo isn’t known for its business acumen.
In his blog post detailing the deal, Ceglowski says he’ll have more to say on “the ultimate fate of the site,” soon. In the meantime, he’s urging all remaining Delicious users to find somewhere else to save their bookmarks as Delicious will be put into read-only mode on June 15.
The most obvious course of action open to Delicious users is to migrate their bookmarks to Pinboard. Which is why Ceglowski acquired Delicious in the first place, However, Pinboard charges $11/year for the privilege, so you’d have to really want to preserve those bookmarks for posterity.
Rest in Peace, Delicious: 2003-2017
Delicious is a throwback to another, simpler time before smartphones were a thing. And it’s well past its sell-by date at this point. Still, it’s an important website in the history of the internet, with its influence still being felt to this day. So we should treat its passing with the respect it deserves.
Did you ever use Delicious back in the day? If so, how many bookmarks do you have saved on it? Will you be migrating your bookmarks to Pinboard? Or are you really not that bothered? Have you never even heard of Delicious? Please let us know in the comments below!