New Delicious Website Looks Good, Works Different.

Delicious Toolbar App Broken

Old Delicious Toolbar App - Broken

I use Delicious to put together my show notes. I have the toolbar on my Chrome browser that I select and put in keywords. However, yesterday the toolbar sat on “Loading”. I first thought it was a internet connection problem, but soon found out that the new owners of Delicious have changed the website. But it broke the toolbar in doing so.

It made my show note collection a little harder to do. I ended up putting all my links in Google docs. When I called them up during the show, I didn’t get the pages, but the Google “You are being redirected” message. That meant I had to select each link redirect message.

A little about Delicious

Delicious is a bookmark cloud service. The program was on the chopping block by Yahoo! After public outcry, Yahoo! decided to sell the website. The new owners – Chad Hurley and Steve Chen saved it from extinction. But they also knew that Delicious was on Yahoo!’s list because the service wasn’t making the right amount of revenue. Therefore, it’s time for a change.

I read the GigaOm talking about losing their bookmarks. That was a case where they didn’t update their profile when told Delicious was switching servers. I remember the email on April 27th – it stated that if you didn’t update, your bookmarks will be gone. So no sympathy:

Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world.Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.

To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy.
Reasons to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks

  • Continue uninterrupted use of Delicious.
  •  Keep your Delicious account and all your bookmarks.
  • Enjoy the same look and feel of Delicious today plus future product innovations.
What happens if you do not transfer your bookmarks
  • Delicious in its current form will be available until approximately July 2011.
  • After that, you will no longer be able to use your existing Delicious account and will not have access to your existing bookmarks or account information.

I do agree with one thing the GigaOM article stated – Delicious might not fully know how people use the service. If they don’t fix the problems quickly, they are going to lose users to StumbleUpon and Reddit. But is it about fixing problems, or educating the users with the new features?

What I Really Like about the Redesign – Stacks

new delicious bookmark tool

new delicious bookmark tool with Stacks

This is actually a really nice addition to Delicious. It lets you have a visual list of your bookmarks, rather than just links. I have options to view in list or grid mode. I can even see in video mode – which my video show can be on the top of the list. If I create a stack for each show, it becomes a new set of show notes with a visual view.

Request – Bring Back the Chrome Extension QUICK

Right now they want you to drag a link to your bookmarks toolbar. Only problem is I don’t have my bookmarks showing (The hotkey to bring up the bookmark bar is “Shift-CTRL B”). I might get used to using it that way, but if there is an easier way for me to catalog my bookmarks, I will.

With a little learning, I think I will really enjoy the new Delicious site. It’s too soon to tell, but it could also become a great reference.

Ghostery-Whose Watching You

http://www.ghostery.com/images/Ghostery-Logo.pngHave you ever been on a site and wondered who might be looking at your activity and tracking you as you browse about the Internet. Well now you can know by using an extension called Ghostery. Ghostery is available for Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Opera. It looks for scripts, pixels and other information that indicates a company’s code is present on the page. Often that information is not available in the source code and therefore is invisible to the consumer. Ghostery only collects information from users who opt in to GhostRank and then it is aggregated data. The information is never used for advertising purposes. Evidon who owns Ghostery uses the information collected to discover new trackers on the Internet. They also track whether the ads are compliant with the industries self-policing standards. You can see further detail on Ghostery privacy policy by visiting their site. You have the option to use Ghostery to block bugs if you want, however it is experimental.

I’ve been using Ghostery for about a month now and is interesting to see how many ad and other companies are tracking you as you browse the web. Most sites will have about five or six companies listed. There are sites that have over 20 tracking bugs on them. After using Ghostery for a while you will notice the same names coming up again and again; Google Ad-sense, Google Analytics, [DoubleClick are three of the more popular bugs. There are also names you will not recognize like Unica, which is part of IBM. When you are on a web site you can click on the Ghostery extension and then the company link and look at the code and scripts that Ghostery is seeing. You can also get further information on those companies by following the link on the script page. I have not used Ghostery to block scripts or bugs, so I don’t know how well that works. Based on my experience so far with Ghostery, I suspect it works well .

I like Ghostery because it is easy to use, it gives a lot of information and it is transparent in what it is doing. Do you an extension similar to Ghostery, what does it have that Ghostery doesn’t.