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Ad ‘Experiments’ Come To Delicious As It Updates Social Bookmarking API With Authentication, Rate Limits

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Delicious, the veteran bookmarking site that last year released a rebuilt version of its service, is moving into its next phase of growth: the company has announced a new version of its API that gives it more security and control over data that is passed through the platform; and it is going to begin to run advertising alongside content on the site.

The news underscore how Delicious — once a plucky poster child of Web 2.0 that got acquired, ignored and then sold by Yahoo — may not be the traffic engine that it was in its early years. (ComScore puts the December 2013 figure at 296,000 uniques, compared to its 5.3 million figure on its fifth birthday.) But new owner AVOS — YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen’s newer venture — continues to work on ways that it might recover some traction and glory.

There is another reason for the the changes. Delicious has been on a bit of a development tear with new apps for iPhoneiPadAndroid and Firefox; integration with Firefox Social API; and a Chrome extension – all free to use, like the main site. Tightening up the API and getting more commercial are not only unsurprising, but possibly essential for Delicious to support its current services and whatever it may have planned for the future.

Delicious illustrating its blog post with a GIF featuring dynamite wicks on its logo also seems to point to how the company itself views the significance of the news.

Delicious says the new API, version 1.1, will go live in the coming weeks. Delicious doesn’t give a full run-down of what features it will have but does note two key points: it will require authentication for every request to its API, and it will introduce stricter rate limits (again – no details on what those limits will be).

The main reasons for the API update appear to be general security and stronger control of Delicious data by Delicious itself.

The existing version 1.0 of the API does not require developers to provide authentication when making API calls, “essentially enabling them to access public information from the Delicious API without us knowing who they are,” save for IP address. Adding authentication will help Delicious better track developers and also what kinds of requests are being made.

As for the rate limits, Delicious does not say that a more liberal policy up to now has led to malicious security or data breaches as such – in fact, the biggest headache for Delicious in its users on the security front seems to be glitches related to the first major relaunch of the service under AVOS back in 2011.

But it makes a few references to what could possibly go wrong because of the kind of activity they already see on the platform. “Many applications that are pulling data from the Delicious API at very high rates (scraping, bots, etc.),” it notes as one example.

Advertising

Delicious has chosen its API announcement as the same time to note that it will also soon launch advertising — which it gingerly refers to as “experimenting with ads.”

Just as with the API, there are no specific details or even screenshots of how these ads might look, but it does give a few guidelines for how it intends to proceed. First, the content will be “transparent to users” — which you can take either as clearly sponsored, or simply extremely in your face.

Second, the introduction of ads will be “iterative” — likely because Delicious knows that this is a sensitive issue for some regular Delicious users.

“We are conscious of preserving the existing Delicious experience and will make improvements based on feedback,” the company notes. Another reason, not noted by Delicious, is that it gives the company the freedom to try out different things to see what works.

As with API update cycles at other platforms (Twitter is one notable example from last year), these often can be traced to wider business decisions being taken by the company in question. The same can be said for Delicious. Advertisers and marketers generally require a significant amount of data on how sites are used before making spending decisions, and so the API will go some way towards being able to provide that kind of reporting.

There’s Life Left In Delicious Yet

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For a long time, the web-based social bookmarking service Delicious was a poster child for the Web 2.0 movement. It was open, collaborative and full of the tags and user-generated content that made VCs instinctively open up their checkbooks at the time.

It’s been 10 years, since the service opened to the public – then still running on the del.icio.us domain – and while it’s changed owners a few times since, it’s still up and running and its original concept hasn’t changed all that much. But the site did give itself a fresh new design for its 10th birthday, so it’s worth taking another look.

Yahoo famously acquired Delicious back in 2005, two years after it was founded, and then let it linger for years. That’s what Yahoo did with way too many of these popular Web 2.0 services (Flickr being the other key example) and by 2010, it looked like Delicious’ days were over.

Delicious had long stopped being a hip product, users weren’t all that interested in taxonomies, folksonomies and all those other buzzwords anymore, and it felt like its shot at mainstream appeal and new growth was long behind it. If Delicious had shut down at the time, its frequent users would have been furious, but among mainstream users, its closure would have mostly gone unnoticed.

Yahoo, however, didn’t close Delicious. Instead, it sold it to AVOS in April 2011, a company YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen founded for what, at the time, seemed like the express purpose of buying Delicious (it since launched video service MixBit and the Chinese Vine clone Wanpai). Ever since, AVOS has quietly continued to work on improving Delicious, though it doesn’t look like its traffic is picking up or user interest in the form of social bookmarking is making a comeback. Joshua Schachter himself, Delicious creator, left Yahoo in 2008 and as far as we know, none of the early developers are still working on the project today.

I’m not sure its latest redesign is going to make a big difference, either. The user interface is now significantly less cluttered and responsive, and it features some new Twitter-powered personalization options for content discovery. And the new bookmarks editor that you can bring up with a double-click is something its users would have happily paid for eight years ago, too.

Still, it looks like AVOS continues to back the service, which doesn’t seem to have any discernible business model at this time. Based on the redesign announcement, which went almost completely unnoticed, the team is working on an Android app and new browser extensions.

Since link sharing has almost completely moved to Twitter and Facebook, however, it’s hard to see how Delicious could stage a comeback without completely altering its course. In the Mixbit video the team made for the relaunch, the team says that “it’s only just getting started.” Two years after the acquisition, it’s hard to believe this statement, but it’s still nice to see that AVOS continues to support Delicious.

Delicious Becomes A Bit More Social Again, Adds Twitter And Facebook Logins

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It’s recently been very quiet around Delicious, the social bookmarking service Yahoo bought in 2005 and then sold to AVOS in 2011. Back then, the AVOS team said it was relaunching Delicious “back to beta,” but Delicious hasn’t made all that many waves since then, nor has it added all that many features to the relaunched service.

But after four months of slumber, the Delicious blog sprung into action today and launched a few new features that could make the site a bit more interesting for those of us who long ago abandoned social bookmarking for social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Indeed, today’s update is all about Twitter and Facebook: Delicious added the ability to log in with your credentials for those two social networks and connect. It’s now easier to use Delicious to automatically save all those links you share on Facebook and shared and favorited on Twitter directly on Delicious, too. Delicious acquired the link-saving startup Trunk.ly to power this feature in November 2011 and turned it on for Twitter last March and for Facebook in July.

Using Twitter and Facebook logins isn’t exactly innovative, but it does point toward a more social future for Delicious, especially in combination with the new “Friend Finder” tool that lets you friend and follow people you know on Twitter and Facebook.

The team also made other small improvements – the bookmarklet and site now load faster, for example, but the main feature Delicious power users will surely appreciate is that every link now includes a “first saver” attribution.

I’m not sure that any of this will really rescue Delicious from its current obscurity. Saving the links you share on social networks doesn’t exactly feel like the hot new thing, after all. It’s good to see a sign of life out of Delicious, however, and if Digg is still around and kicking, why shouldn’t del.icio.us be, too?