Delicious has always been a popular bookmarking service for teachers. However, Yahoo did not want to keep supporting the site so it essentially sold it to YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen in April. Chad and Steve have done a total refresh of the site and, well, it looks beautiful.
The newest trend in bookmarking services is grid design. Pinterest has one of the best grid-based bookmarking systems out there and it looks like the new Delicious agrees. They’ve modeled a new feature, called Stacks, after Pinterest, Squidoo and other grid-tastic websites.
What you get is an easy-to-read and dynamic way to browse through what people are bookmarking. For example, the video below (done by Delicious) shows what happens when you search for bookmarks about mustaches.
The site’s new front page is designed for easier browsing, featuring a collection of large thumbnails, giving the previously text-link heavy page a more appealing look.
What makes Stacks different than bookmark folders is that you can publish them to other Delicious users, rather than sharing them for only yourself. You can group together related links around topics like “dog resources” or “cool places to visit in San Francisco.” You can then add titles, select featured images, write descriptions and comment on each link. (I’m slowly re-building my Delicious links here if you want to follow along.)
Other updates include simplified site navigation, multiple-word tagging, support for profile pictures and a subtle lingo change — bookmarks are now called links.
So what’s the future of Delicious? Will you either keep using the service or try it out again? Weigh in on the Edudemic Facebook page or down in the comments.