Yahoo! Sells Delicious Bookmarking Site

If you are a user of Delicious, you may have received an email from Yahoo! informing you that they have sold the bookmarking site to the founders of YouTube.

The email also provides instructions on how you can seamlessly move all your bookmarks to the new owners (business name AVOS.)

I always encourage people to read Terms of Service and Privacy Policy agreements, and maybe you did when you joined Delicious. Know that the old TOS and Privacy policies will no longer be in effect with the new owners, but there are links to the new policies in the email.

Some people are concerned about the “changes” to the agreements. While I’m not a lawyer, the new agreements appear to be pretty standard. Don’t post or link to bad stuff. Be at least 13. That kind of stuff. One of arguments made against them was the “vague” wording that including stipulations that you not post or link to anything that is “offensive” or “vulgar.” Certainly these terms are quite subjective, but personally I didn’t see anything that raised a red flag…but each person should decide for themselves.

Advantages to making the move:

  • You keep using Delicious as you have been
  • Keep your existing bookmarks

If you don’t make the move:

  • Your account will be closed & therefore you will lose your bookmarks, approx July of this year

What information will be transferred if you agree to the migration:

  • Delicious username
  • Delicious password
  • Email address
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Bookmarks, Tags and Notes
  • Inbox items
  • Tag Bundles
  • Tag Descriptions
  • Network Members
  • Subscriptions
  • Blogpost jobs
  • Twitter Auth credentials (if supplied)

AVOS claims they are committed to expanding Delicious, adding functionality and fun in the future.

To transfer your bookmarks, you can opt-in here (you can also create a new account at the same page.)

If you’d rather export your bookmarks to another system–either your own computer or a competitor’s product, you can also sign-in and use the export tool.