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Yahoo Inc., the world's largest Internet media site, had agreed to acquire Del.icio.us, a popular Web site that helps users share links to their favorite Web sites, the site's founder said on Friday.
Joshua Schachter, the founder of Del.icio.us, confirmed a posting on the New York-based start-up's site that the company had been acquired by Yahoo. A Yahoo spokeswoman confirmed that the agreement to buy Del.icio.us had closed on Friday.
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[edited by: jatar_k at 11:38 pm (utc) on Dec. 9, 2005]
Hmm - do you suppose the main driver of this then is the whole MySpace thing? Kids creating bookmark lists to link to from their MySpace page? Because I don't see how that is a benefit beyond saving links directly on my browser. In fact ... I don't think I'd ever use it just for that purpose ... its one extra step just to get to my bookmarks. And yeah, I've had my computer crap out on me before but that's why I back stuff up. :) I'm not going to give up Outlook for Yahoo mail, or Word for some online editing tool with that in mind either. Hmm.
In an earlier post, someone mentioned how others have kind of done some of the research for you by creating a link skeleton instead of you have to do it yourself. Sounds interesting .. but how is that different than a community-driven linkfarm? I hardly see how that is a breakthough .. in that case it would just be a matter of adding user feedback and reviews to a free-for-all linkfarm to allow the community to rank the groups and organize them. That would just be a matter of adding 2 existing ideas together .. 1+1 *should* equal 2 ... but it seems to be adding up to 5 in this case. :-\ So yeah ... how did we get to 5? $10 says is the MySpace factor .. am I right? ;-)
Delicous has 300,000 users - they're not even on the mainstream map.
My sense is the reason that they agreed to sell so early, is that they felt that they had no chance of reaching the mainstream without lots of help - e.g., integration onto the Yahoo toolbar.
Who are these people and where did they come from and what is the context of their usage of the site? If not MySpace, its surely some similar network they are coming from because that is a lot of users and frankly the usage pattern of this thing simply isn't obvious ... so it has to be plugged into some context (like a myspace) that makes it make sense to these people who are using it. 97% of the people I know sitll have no idea what it is, and another 2.9% know what it is but just don't get it. What why is the .1% that get's it so passionate? What's the context?
That is to say, this is mostly packaging,. It looks weird to webmasters, but focus on the packaging, not the technology.
Del.icio.us allows non-webmasters to put stuff up on the web, and there are people who want to do that, but they don't want to bother with doing a web page--although it can be done with no software and for about $35 with templates, easily. But not easy enough.
hotmail appears to block email from that url(?) bizarre...
tried to get the del.icio.us button installed in the firefox toolbar, but it was a totally dysfunctional process... why would anyone pay money for this community?
myspace is huge, tho, because it's basically a free website for anyone who wants it... it's the next step up from the old geocities concept, just add the community function.
The value is what users get back from it. This is the most valuable content available, ranked, and provided by you. No algorithms approximate relevancy here. It is a heuristic approach to getting you to where you want to be by leveraging the effort of others. It was not acquired because of the user base...
The implied difference being that del.icio.us is out there already. It's got a funky domain name and it's leapt the intitial hurdle faced by anything that wants to market itself virally. I suppose you could say it's already breached the immune system of the 'net.