Delicious could be the most popular and most used social bookmarking site. I have used Delicious Bookmarking for more than three years and have hundreds of extremely valuable web sites bookmarked. Delicious is a great Web 2.0 tool for bookmarking, sharing and searching web sites.
Yahoo recently sold Delicious to YouTube. In my Delicious account there were technical issues in the transition of Delicious from Yahoo to YouTube There are many tags missing from my personal tag list. Only the first page of personal tags are available. There should be around 7 pages of personal tags listed. The missing tags make the Delicious account much less effective. The saved web pages appear to remain listed as in the previous account. With some time and work I can retag the pages and it will be as good as new. However the technical instability is troublesome. Delicious interface now looks different but evidently operates as it did previously . The Insider has a small story titled “Delicious finds a New Owner ” which gives information about YouTube’s purchase and takeover of Delicious. In this article, there is a link solid alternatives that gives “6 Solid Alternatives to Delicious”. There are some very good bookmarking options in this list. Historio.us and Mr. Wong appear to have great potential in fulfilling bookmarking needs, however these book marking sites are pricy. Google Bookmarks and Diigo also look good and these are totally free.
Bookmarking for the library has great potential. For example, libraries can use bookmarking as a type of cataloging method for web sites. The Article titled Free and Open Source Options for Creating Database-Driven Subject Guides discusses the use of social bookmarking in Libraries and provides a link to The College of New Jersey, French Studies website which is an example of social bookmarking used in libraries. This article also raises the question of potential problems with libraries relaying on potential third party web sites such as Delicious. “Another concern about using del.icio.us that has been raised by Meredith Farkas (2007) and some other librarians is the inherent danger of relying on a free, third-party service for core functionality of a Web site. While it is unlikely that del.icio.us will disappear anytime soon, the risks associated “with del.icio.us being a third-party service can be mitigated by exporting your data – with the API, the RSS & JSON feeds, and in standard browser-bookmarks-format – to make a backup copy of your guides on your Website” (Gustafson, 2007).”