Back in the 90s when I was first on the Internet, I used the bookmarks in my web browser. This worked to a point, but it causes problems if you need to access your sites when you're on another computer or if your computer dies and you don't have them backed up somewhere.
Later, when I was hosting my own website, thyme.net, on my own FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and then Slackware Linux server, I wrote a program in PERL, a scripting language. I entered my links into a text file, then ran the script and it created a web page that I could then access remotely. This worked pretty good, but I was limited on where I could add links from.
Delicious. They got a clever domain name of del.icio.us. It was catchy and easy to remember and it took off quickly. You can save your links on their website and access them from anywhere. You can make your links public or private. You can send links to friends on the site from within it. You can search or browse other people's links. It is basically social networking for links. It solved my problems.
Over the last month or so, there's been a rumor that Yahoo! is looking as selling Delicious. Today, I received the following email:
Delicious has a new owner -- what this means for you
Dear Delicious User,
Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.
I backed up my bookmarks just in case and agreed to the new terms.