Official: Delicious Remains Alive As of Now, Might Swap Hands Later

If you are busy exporting your bookmarks out of Delicious; thinking that the company might close shop any day, you can stop.

Yahoo has confirmed through a blog post that Delicious isn’t shutting down as of yet,   the company might swap hands in future.

The irony here is that the official statement from Yahoo could not be read for some time, because the page throwed an internal server error.


Now don’t draw any conclusion about the future of Delicious, just because their official blog was down. It came back live after a few minutes so we managed to read Yahoo’s explanation on the future of the most popular bookmarking website.

The post is more like a general FAQ page with some common questions and their answers. Following   is the summary of Yahoo’s declaration:

  • Yahoo isn’t shutting down Delicious yet. They have determined that there is an ideal home for Delicious outside of Yahoo.
  • Yahoo is currently in talks with several other companies who are interested in buying Delicious.
  • Users can still export the bookmarks if they want. Delicious continues to work the same way as earlier.

If you ask me, I have two names in mind. Google And Microsoft.

We will have to wait and see which one of the above companies manages to get their grip on Delicious.


How To Export Delicious Bookmarks and Tags

Yahoo is going to shut down the popular bookmarking service Delicious. Though this is not going to go down well with users, here is your chance to get your bookmarks out of Delicious in time for the impending shutdown.

Export Delicious Bookmarks

So here is how you can export your Delicious bookmarks and keep them safe with you. I will try and update the post on how you can import these bookmarks into other services like Xmarks soon.

Step 1: Login to your Delicious Account.

Step 2: Head over to this Delicious bookmark exporter page.

Step 3: Choose the options you want to export or you can also export selective tags. Once you have entered your choices, click on the Export button and your bookmarks will be exported as an HTML file.

Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious?

Yahoo has been shutting down tons of its products including MyBlogLog and Geocities and also laying off employees to restructure the organization. However, there is some buzz going around that Yahoo might be shutting down Delicious, one of the most popular bookmarking services in the world.

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As you can see from the image above, Yahoo has clearly marked Delicious as one of the products in the Sunset section along with MyBlogLog and Yahoo! duds like Yahoo! Buzz and Yahoo! Bookmarks. If the above image is a true reflection of what Yahoo thinks about their products, then they should seriously start looking at the usage statistics.

Closing Delicious could be one of the biggest mistakes made by Yahoo and there is no way that regular users are going to take this news lightly. I for one am appalled at the way Yahoo is dealing with this.

(Image via @waxpancake  h/t @ginatrapani)

Yahoo Fires Employees, Images in Search Backfire. Is this Just a Coincidence?

Yahoo is at it again. Yes. We are talking about job cuts and the firing season. Yahoo is laying off at least 5% of the current employee strength and hiring another huge number. For a company that barely manages to stay afloat, this seems like a really poor strategy as hiring and firing are both cost-intensive processes.

Yahoo blames this firing on revenue growth saying,

Today’s personnel changes are part of our ongoing strategy to best position Yahoo for revenue growth and margin expansion.

After the firing, Yahoo! will end up with 13,500 employees.

On a different and possibly related note, Yahoo Image results in search went haywire today when they started linking to pornographic content from Image search results. The event was revealed at a number of blogs and the series of moves from Yahoo was, to be subtle- amusing.

First, they redirected the image result links to a page that explains how you can identify an URL as safe for work. o matter what image results you fetch, it is always the same page. Sometime later, the matter was resolved and the image results were going to the correct page. However recently, images have been revoked from the search result page.

This might have been the doing of some disgruntled employee who got fired. However, now that the system has been taken down, seemingly, the problem was more than that meets the eye.

Yahoo is at it again. Yes. We are talking about job cuts and the firing season. Yahoo has plans of laying-off at least 5% of the current employee strength and hiring another huge number. For a company, which barely manages to stay afloat, this seems like a really poor strategy as hiring and firing are both cost-intensive processes.

Yahoo blames this firing on revenue growth saying,

Today’s personnel changes are part of our ongoing strategy to best position Yahoo for revenue growth and margin expansion.

After the firing, Yahoo! will end up with 13,500 employees.

On a different and possibly related note, Yahoo Image results in search went haywire today when they started linking to pornographic content from Image search results. The event was revealed at a number of blogs and the series of moves from Yahoo was, to be subtle- amusing.

First, they redirected the image result links to a page that explains how you can identify an URL as safe for work. o matter what image results you fetch, it is always the same page. Sometime later, the matter was resolved and the image results were going to the correct page. However recently, images have been revoked from the search result page.

Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta Now Available, Introduces Social Gaming and Networking

Yahoo has released a new beta of their popular desktop IM chat software, Yahoo Messenger 11. The new version of Yahoo messenger allows you to play games with friends including several popular ones from Zynga.

Yahoo Messenger 11 Games

Yahoo Messenger 11 beta is now available for downloads and it includes social gaming. Yahoo had become more serious about the social gaming phenomenon when they partnered with Zynga to bring the popular game Farmville to the Yahoo network. Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta will include games such as Fishville and Mafia Wars from Zynga; Balloono, Pool and Draw My Thing from OMGPOP; and Happy Harvest and Happy Manor from Elex.

Yahoo Messenger Social Gaming

In addition to social gaming, Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta will also allow you to manage all your social networks from one place, including and Facebook. Users can download the beta version of Yahoo Messenger 11 from here.

Yahoo! Mail and Messenger for Android Updated

Close on the heels of a major revamp of the webmail interface, Yahoo has updated its email and instant messaging apps for Android. “We’ve been pleased with the success of both Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on the Android platform, but of course we never stop looking for ways to make the apps even better,” wrote Lee Parry, the Product Manager of Yahoo! Mail.

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The major new features are:

Multiple-account support: Over the years, many of you have probably accumulated multiple Yahoo accounts for different purposes. Now, you can seamlessly manage all of them from the Yahoo! Mail app.

Contact sync: As the name suggests, you will now be able to sync your yahoo mail contacts with your phone.

Photo preview: The update makes Yahoo! Mail capable of displaying quick previews of images received as attachments.

Video Calling: The Yahoo messenger app now supports video calling along with photo and video sharing. However, you will need Android 2.2 along with Yahoo! Messenger Video Add-on to take advantage of the video calling feature.

[ Download Yahoo! Mail for Android | Download Yahoo! Messenger for Android ]

Yahoo Mail Gets a Facelift, Promises to Be Faster and More Social

After pretty much remaining stagnant and watching Gmail steal its thunder (repeatedly), Yahoo has finally updated its email service. The first significant update to Yahoo Mail in five years, promises to deliver a “faster, safer and more social email experience”.

I tried checking it out with my old Yahoo Mail account, which I solely use for signing up to newsletters that I am never going to read, and was immediately told that my browser (Opera 11) is not good enough for the latest and the greatest from Yahoo’s stables. Anyways, after I switched to Chrome, I was greeted by an interface that had way too much purple for my comfort, but will probably appeal to girls.

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As far as features are concerned, the biggest addition is the integration of Twitter and Facebook into the “What’s New” page. You can track what your contacts are doing on Facebook and Twitter, retweet their messages, or even update your status directly from Yahoo Mail. YouTube, Flickr and Picasa have also been smartly integrated so that you can watch videos and slideshows from your friends and family members without leaving Yahoo Mail.

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The user interface is essentially the same tabbed experience we have grown used to over the past five years, with some improvements here and there. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing though. Yahoo is also promising to offer a similar look and feel on the iPhone, iPad or an Android device.

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If you are a Yahoo Mail user, you can opt-in for the beta from here.

Facebook Dethrones Yahoo To Become 2nd Largest Video Content Property in US

is now the second largest site in the United States after dethroning Yahoo from the second position according to a comScore Report.

comScore released a new report for August 2010 where Facebook.com secured second place in the online video content ranking with 59 million viewers. Google backed is still the leading video property on the Internet with 146 million US viewers. Yahoo related sites ranked third with 53.9 million viewers followed by VEVO and Fox Interactive Media.

As for Video Ads, Hulu took the top spot with 790 million followed by BrighRoll Video Network. Microsoft was placed fourth before Google.

Another interesting note from the report was that 85.1 percent of US internet audience have watched a online video with an average of 4.8 minutes being spent on online video.

At the current standings, YouTube is still by far the largest video content property and will continue to remain one. Also it was not very clear how much percentage of YouTube video views came from Facebook itself, since Facebook also allows users to embed YouTube videos as updates.

For more details on the August 2010 report from comScore, visit this link.

Was Yahoo Down For More Than an Hour?

Yahoo-Down Reports are coming in that Yahoo was not accessible to a certain subset of users for well over an hour. It’s not exactly clear what happened, but the problem appears to have impacted a significant number of users. DBKP notes that complaints have been received from users in diverse locations like Virginia, USA and Mumbai, India.

A discussion on Neowin suggests that at least a portion of the affected users were having trouble due to issues with Comcast and AT&T’s DNS service. The problems seem to have been resolved for most users. However, in case you are still having trouble accessing Yahoo Search or Yahoo Mail, try your luck with alternate DNS services like OpenDNS and Google Public DNS. If you are not comfortable with manually changing your DNS settings, DNS Jumper can do it automatically for you.

Yahoo has been accessible on my end throughout the day. However, I use OpenDNS, which apparently is not affected by this outage. Don’t forget to let us know if Yahoo is/was down for you.

Yahoo Starts Testing Microsoft Search Listings

Quite recently, we told you that Yahoo was going to start testing with Microsoft soon, and today, they have officially announced that Yahoo is now testing organic and paid search listings from Microsoft’s Bing powered search backend.

Yahoo has begun testing displaying organic and paid listings using Microsoft’s search engine Bing. The only difference between the older and newer search is that the results will no longer be served by Yahoo, however, the interface and design of Yahoo search will remain the same.

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As seen in the screenshot above, the organic search results in the yellow boxes are powered by Microsoft and include a mix of both organic and paid listings, the rest of the content on the page is still processed by Yahoo themselves. Right now, the Microsoft powered search listings will only be displayed on Yahoo web search.

However, Yahoo is also planning to include the Microsoft powered search listings on Yahoo! Mobile properties. Yahoo plans to roll out full Microsoft integration to all US and Canada users by August/September timeframe. More at the Yahoo! Search Blog.