Delicious may be ready to live another day… maybe even another week or two. But Yahoo has stated they’re planning on shopping the service around and hopefully unloading it. That doesn’t bode well for the social bookmarking service. As a popular way to share links and information, Delicious boasts a large amount of bookmarks just waiting to be moved to a more reliable service.
Lucky for you, there’s plenty of options out there. It also might be a great time to try out a new social bookmarking service like Histori.us or (my favorite) Diigo. Wondering how? Just use the following guides and enjoy!
Just head into Delicious’ Settings and hit Export / Backup Bookmarks. You can choose to include your tags and notes with the bookmarks as well, but these won’t import into your browser; you’ll only be able to view them by opening up the file that Delicious gives you. Hit Export and move over to your browser. Note that depending on your browser, you may need to change the resulting file’s extension from .htm to .html first.
Open up your browser’s bookmark manager and look for an import option. In Google Chrome, you’ll find it under Organize > Import Bookmarks; in Firefox it’s under the button with the star icon. When prompted, navigate to the HTML file that you downloaded from Delicious and your browser will put those bookmarks into its bookmark manager.
Diigo is a bookmarking service and more. This service will allow you to highlight text and attach notes to web pages or create sticky notes. And, it also gives users the option to import Delicious bookmarks.
You have two options here. You can import the html file or you can punch in your delicious account details and import directly. The problem here is that due to frequency limitations on Delicious’ API, if you try to import all of the bookmarks at once your request may be denied. Again, importing the html file may save you some frustration.
Mister Wong is a straight-forward bookmarking service to share and save websites. It imports quite a few different services and browsers including Twitter (links), Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and Delicious. Mister Wong gives you two options; upload the Delicious html file or directly import using your Delicious log in.
Pinboard is another great alternative to using Delicious. This service is a low-noise, simple, bookmarking site that will enable you to import your Delicious html file. To do this just go to the settings in your Pinboard account and choose the file. After that the import will begin.
Xmarks integrates with your browser and helps you to keep bookmarks safely backed up –including Delicious bookmarks. Xmarks can sync information across the following supported browsers; Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
To import Delicious bookmarks users simply log-in and go to the web portal http://my.xmarks.com. After locating the “tools” option in the menu select import bookmarks from Delicious. Now, there is one problem with using this method because there’s a limit on the number of public bookmarks you can import. If you have more than 100, your best bet is importing the html file into your browser ( as we mentioned above ) and then syncing Xmarks with the browser.
Faviki is a bookmarking tool that allows users to bookmark web pages using Wikipedia terms. With this service, all users use the same tags which makes searching bookmarks really easy.
After logging in to Faviki you will see an import feature on the top of the page. The import feature will ask you for the delicious ID & password and will begin the process. Unlike other services we’ve seen, Faviki gives users control over tags before the import by allowing “tag editing”. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen right away, it appears to take a few days but when it’s complete Faviki will send you a confirmation email.
Historio.us is delightfully lightweight, simple, nothing fancy, many of the things that are beautiful about Pinboard, but it has the ability to bookmark in a flash and be able to search for ANY word in the pages you’ve bookmarked.
So how to import? Quite simple. Export your delicious bookmarks as per the above instructions and then import the file into Historio.us by visiting settings, then import/export. I’d provide the link but its custom to your account name, so http://yourusername.historio.us/add/.
If you’re still eager to back up your tagged and dated bookmarks, one XML-crafty blogger has a custom import tool that can transfer everything into Evernote, tags intact.
Dr. Palaniraja tipped us off to his blog post, where he offers step-by-step instructions on exporting your bookmarks into an XML file, running that file through one of his custom filters, then throwing the resulting .enex file (Evernote notebook) into your desktop copy of Evernote. When the notes arrive, they come with their Delicious tags converted into Evernote tags, and their URLs just where you’d expect them.
There are a few kinks—I couldn’t get my Delicious XML file from my browser in Windows, but was able to grab it just fine from a Mac and then Linux terminal command. And if you’re importing into Evernote for Windows, you should make sure to read the update at the end of Palaniraja’s post, where he offers another filter for bookmarks that deals with special character and other Windows-specific issues.
Be sure to check out our previous guide to importing Delicious bookmarks into your browser, along with the best services for Delicious migration, including some that already keep your Delicious tags intact.
Instructions Source: The Next Web, Delicious, Lifehacker