Pinboard buys social bookmarking site del.icio.us and closes it down

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The once-loved -- and much sold -- social bookmarking site del.icio.us (or just Delicious, if you prefer), has changed hands for one final time. Rival service Pinboard has snapped up the site for a mere $35,000, and plans to close it down.

Warning that no one should "attempt to compete with Pinboard," a post on the company blog adopts a Trump-like tone in announcing the acquisition. In less than two weeks, del.icio.us will be switched to read-only mode.

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Del.icio.us was once wildly popular, and was something of a leader in the world of the social internet. Pinboard notes that it has "over a billion bookmarks and is a fascinating piece of web history." It also points out that unhappy users now in need of a Del.icio.us replacement can hand over $11 per year for a Pinbpard account.

TheNextWeb received a statement from Pinboard founder Maciej Cegłowski confirming the acquisition, as well as the $35,000 purchase price.

A post on the Pinboard blog says:

Pinboard has acquired Delicious. Here's what you need to know:

If you're a Pinboard user, nothing will change. Sad!

If you’re a Delicious user, you will have to find another place to save your bookmarks. The site will stay online. but on June 15, I will put Delicious into read-only mode. You won't be able to save new bookmarks after that date, or use the API.

Users will have an opportunity to migrate their bookmarks to a Pinboard account, which costs $11/year. Those who prefer to bookmark elsewhere will be able to export their data once I fix the export link, which was disabled some months ago for performance reasons.

Please note that there is no time pressure for moving off Delicious. You won't be able to save new bookmarks after June 15, but everything else will continue to work, or break in familiar ways.

As for the ultimate fate of the site, I'll have more to say about that soon. Delicious has over a billion bookmarks and is a fascinating piece of web history. Even Yahoo, for whom mismanagement is usually effortless, had to work hard to keep Delicious down. I bought it in part so it wouldn’t disappear from the web.

This is the fifth time Delicious has been sold. Founded in 2003, the site received funding from Union Square Ventures in 2005, and sold to Yahoo later that year for somewhere between $15-$30M.

In December of 2010, Yahoo announced it was 'sunsetting' Delicious, an adventure I wrote about at length. The site was sold to the YouTube founders in 2011. They subsequently sold it to Science, Inc. in 2014. Science sold it to Delicious Media in 2016, and last month Delicious Media sold it to me.

Do not attempt to compete with Pinboard.

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