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The Sun Sets on Del.cio.us

In the wake of layoffs, Yahoo has decided to discontinue the social bookmark service delicious.com. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the news was leaked via Twitter (of course) when a Yahoo employee posted an image of an internal presentation. TechRadar has suggestions for alternatives, some available free of charge, others for a fee. At least a few people have suggested that Yahoo make Delicious open source so others can continue to maintain it.

One on hand, the end of Delicious is a reminder that one risk of using proprietary technologies: sometimes they go away, and with short notice. On the other hand, I wonder to what extent people use social bookmarking, especially in education, and especially socially. Any thoughts?

Update: Yahoo plans on selling Delicious instead of shutting it down.

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