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Pinboard Acquires Delicious Just to Shut It Down

Dave Parrack 02-06-2017

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 Relive the Web of the 1990s by Visiting These 9 Old Websites These nine websites were cutting edge back in the day. They came before the advent of super-slick graphics and Web 2.0, but today serve as nostalgic reminders of how far web development has come. Read More .


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 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More 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!

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  1. JeremyRedhead
    July 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    This article is straight out clickbait. In the very blog post you link to, Ceglowski states that users will be able to export their data for migration to ANY alternative (once he fixes the link).
    He also states that the acquisition was partially just to preserve the site. It is unlikely that he will completely take the site down, or even just redirect it to his service. He in fact lists alternatives to his own service on the resources page
    Apparently y'all can't read, I guess. Shame on you for spreading made-up bullshit.

  2. David Faulkner
    June 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Delicious' use of tagging with a social dimension should never be forgotten: it helped pioneer 'Web 2.0'. I used it for several years, but Yahoo ruined it (just as they have messed up other purchases, such as Flickr). I still want to use a bookmarking service with tags - I find it easier to locate what I want - but when Yahoo had made the pig's ear of Delicious, I migrated to Diigo, and still use that.

  3. anthony
    June 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    "We're sorry, but due to heavy load on our database we are no longer able to offer an export function. Our engineers are working on this and we will restore it as soon as possible."

    2 years later... Delicious have not allowed to output bookmarks for years because of LOAD on their servers, but I dunno they still allow you to add bookmarks. Pinboard I hope will allow you to output