Friday, December 09, 2005

Yahoo! buys del.icio.us!

Well, the news is out, Yahoo! just gobbled up del.icio.us, another leading web 2.0, community, and tagging based site. I have to admit that what Yahoo! is doing is smart from their point of view.

They are starting to realize that community, as opposed to technology, could be the big differentiator between them and Google. That is why they first bought Flickr and why del.icio.us is a perfect fit if Yahoo! wants to continue to push into community and user generated content.

Yahoo! probably also bought del.icio.us because their Yahoo! MyWeb product was a big failure. Their product was a bad imitation of del.icio.us and failed to get any traction. So, they just followed an old mantra that when you can't beat em just go and buy them.

For del.icio.us, this acquisition makes sense because they were probably afraid of running out of cash. Their burn rate must have gotten quite high with 9 full-time employees, and the road to profitability is still very far off. So, I can see how they got nervous and wanted to cash out.

If anything, this also starts to further validate tagging as the future of archiving, annotating, retrieving, and finding information in the Long Tail. If you have been using sites such as Flickr, del.icio.us, or BlinkList, you already have an intuitive understanding of how much better it is.

Blink It

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry for interrupting.i've troubles while register for blinklist and this is what i get:

select email from friend where userid = DB Error: syntax error

3:06 AM  
Blogger ycc2106 said...

What's your Preferred Social bookmark manager?
http://quimble.com/poll/view_poll/224

I told Clipmarks, I have to tell BlinkList, because Clipmarks is a head for the moment...

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Ralph said...

i wrote some lines in german about yahoo buying del.icio.us and social bookmarking in general. read it here: http://rainonline.ws/2005/12/11/yahoo-kauft-delicious-nachschlag/

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now Google should buy Blinklist.

6:57 AM  
Blogger CrazyKinux said...

This was bound to happen. And I guess they went for del.ico.us because of the larger user base, larger community.

I still believe BlinkList to be a superior tool, and would not be surprised to see one of the big players looking to acquire it.

Only the future will tell!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm [ www.blinklist.com/gugs ]the anonymous above, again. I totally agree with you, crazykinux!

That "Bookmarks" on google.com/ig will fit great with BlinkList.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really want G to buy you out don't you?

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Brian Oosterhouse said...

Mike, I got a chance to try BlinkList and I was impressed by the different features it had that del.icio.us doesn't. I am going to wait, however, until Yahoo! officially takes over del.icio.us and (hopefully) makes it better. Here's my review on BlinkList if you wanted to see it: Link

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