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    4 Minute Roundup: Yahoo Prefers Delicious Sale to ‘Sunset’

    by Mark Glaser
    December 17, 2010
    Yahoo says it won't let social bookmarking site Delicious fade into the sunset, but will instead look for an outside home for the service


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    I, as well as many other people, would be willing to pay some amount of money for a secure, reliable version of Delicious." - Marshall Kirkpatrick

    In this week’s 4MR podcast, I look at the controversy surrounding Yahoo possibly closing down social bookmarking site Delicious, which it bought five years ago. An internal slide was leaked showing Delicious was on the “sunset” list (to be closed), but after an outcry on Twitter and other social networks, Yahoo said it would look for an outside home for Delicious, meaning it could open the way for a sale. I talked with ReadWriteWeb co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick about the future of Delicious, and even photo-sharing site Flickr in the wake of chaos at Yahoo.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Marshall Kirkpatrick:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

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    Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

    Yahoo Trying To Unload Del.icio.us, Not Shut It Down at TechCrunch

    Yahoo Has Hit Rock Bottom And Is In Absolute Disarray at TechCrunch

    What’s Next for Delicious? at Delicious blog

    R.I.P. Delicious – You Were So Beautiful to Me at ReadWriteWeb

    Now Yahoo! Says Delicious Will Live On…Somewhere Else at ReadWriteWeb

    Painful or not, Yahoo is doing what it needs to do at GigaOm

    Yahoo! hopes purchase of ‘social media’ company Del.icio.us is del.ight.ful weapon vs. Google from Business 2.0 in 2005

    Delicious entry on Wikipedia

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about the future of Delicious:


    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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