Yes. I’m now on Delicious.

Why oh why am I on Delicious? What is this mad world we live in?

I’ve had incredibly odd history with some of the social bookmarking sites. I used a bunch of services, all of which either blew up, got merged into something entirely different, or just disappeared. Some of this probably has to do with the fact that I’ve wanted to use social bookmarking sites that are decidedly not Delicious. Then I tried out status.net’s freelish.us service, which had a tragically rough start.

And now? freelish.us is dead again. At least temporarily, but there’s no indication when the situation is going to improve. Recently, Status.net upgraded their servers to the new software, which included fascinating new details like how the previous StatusNet cloud sat on top of MyISAM tables. Let me say that again: MyISAM tables. In 2011. Well, I’m glad they’ve seen the light, and the brave new system runs on top of InnoDB.

Technically, the loss of freelish.us isn’t that big of a problem, because the bookmarking feature made itself to identi.ca. Practically… well, I would have hoped I would have had my bloody bookmarks backed up, like I thought I would start doing.

The biggest reason I resisted joining Delicious were somewhat silly. Back when heaven was new, I thought it had a stupid domain name. (I mean, really? del.icio.us? Seriously? Okay, it’s probably not very stupid, actually. Perhaps I was wrong.) When I was starting to get interested of Delicious, they got acquired by Yahoo! and required a Yahoo! account. While I have one, most of the Yahoo! services are kind of meh, and I’m not really sure of Yahoo!’s future. And, of course, Yahoo!’s plans regarding Delicious were murky some time ago. Now, it’s run by a different company altogether; we’ll see how stuff works out.

But aside of the general uncertainty that seems to hang over every social bookmark service, Delicious actually fits several of my site criteria. The interface works really fast. I don’t need to repeatedly log on to the site if I just bookmark something really quick. It works really nicely with the Shareaholic Firefox extension. Currently Delicious has one of the annoying limitations of Freelish.us - you can’t edit the URLs after the fact.

But the most crucial mistake I made with other social bookmarking sites was trivial to remedy, at least.

It was dead simple to set up a cron job that downloads my bookmarks and dumps them on a git repository. Based on someone else’s instructions, I set up a nice cronjob, though there’s one additional hint I’d like to add: you can put machine api.del.icio.us login YOURLOGIN password YOURPASSWORD to ~/.netrc (which should be set to be readable only by you, of course), and then just call curl with curl -n https://api.del.icio.us/v1/posts/all. (And, of course, I use git for versioning so this is actually put in a shell script.)

Now, i’d like to ask again: why is all this stuff so bloody difficult? You’re just posting links. How bloody hard can that be to implement or maintain or finance?