YouTube founders revamp Delicious

27 Sep 2011

Bookmarking site Delicious has been relaunched by YouTube cofounders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, after Yahoo! almost closed it down.

Yahoo! originally bought the bookmarking site in 2005, however, it planned to ‘sunset’ the service late last year. However, Yahoo! backtracked on this, saying it would find it another home.

Both Hurley and Chen later bought Delicious for an undisclosed sum under their new internet company AVOS.

Today is Delicious’ official relaunch, and the company noted that they needed to revamp the site to make it relevant to the internet today.

“After acquiring the service from Yahoo! in April, we realized that in order to keep innovating over the long term, the eight-year-old site needed to be rebuilt from the ground up,” said the Delicious team in a blog post.

“The result is a new homepage, interface and back-end architecture designed to make Delicious easier to use.”

The new Delicious

The Delicious team has simplified the site’s navigation and has renamed ‘bookmarks’ to ‘links’

The site has a feature called “stacks” which lets users collect related links into a playlist to let users share them. Stacks can be customised by adding a cover image along with a title, description and comment for each link.

Stacks can be published across the web and other users’ stacks can be followed to catch updates.

All Delicious APIs and feeds are still supported with more promised and multiple word tagging is now enabled. Users can also add profile photos.

The team notes that it’s still a work in progress and encourages its users to give them feedback on any bugs on the site or features they’d like to see.