The news is out that Yahoo is going to close Delicio.us. This hurts me at a deep level. I was early enough on the delicious train that I have my first name as my delicious login.
We need an open cloud. I have thoughts about what that means - peer to peer, distributed hash tables, caching, etc. And replicating delicious seems like a great project to test out the idea. Delicious links are intrinsically open, so you don't have to deal with privacy issues on the reading side.
Anyone want to work on it? Email me, email@example.com.
So...on to my rant.
For various reasons I didn't use it much over the last seven years. (yes, seven years). I only have a bit over 1,000 links.
But those 1,000 links are important to me. And the piece of web infrastructure which delicious provides is important.
OTOH, the social aspect of delicious became less valuable as it grew. Sadly we have not yet figured out a very effective way of filtering out the ordinary wankers which doesn't also sanitize our news of the exceptional. To be all current meme, we want tools to hide the white swans and expose the black swans as soon as even a hint of them appears.
But we don't have that. For the first little while, early 2004, Delicious did that. But it did that service because only interesting people had adopted early.
It will require someone more clever than I to solve that problem. Fortunately there are clever people out there.
But in the meantime, the basic function of allowing us to save our own links to 'Delicious' for our own research and use, and to publish for people who actually want to follow us, is useful.
Major and minor players who made, or attempted to make, their fortunes aggregating user generated content have repeatedly demonstrated a callous disregard for those users.
People put their creative effort into generating content, and then one day after being more or less responsible about providing exports and notice and all the data is gone.
Yahoo did it with GeoCities, and now with Delicious, and Google is regularly guilty.
Right now I am utterly disgusted at Google Groups. Each time I log in it seems that a new feature is being removed.
Now they are disabling 'pages and files' from Google Groups. They announced it Sept 22, and 'in Feb 2011' you will no longer be able to access this content.
How kind of them to provide such notice.
I sort of expect it of Yahoo, since they have been completely unable to keep from turning everything they touch into mush, but for Google to kill content after 5 months strikes me as deeply disturbing.
Have they run out of disk space?