Since a Yahoo slide about plans to "sunset" Delicious leaked onto the web, users of the venerable social bookmarking service have been somewhat panicked about the future of their treasure trove of web history and memories, even after Delicious followed up by saying that it would not be shutting down -- but it would not be staying at Yahoo either. Now, Delicious' future home has been revealed: It is being bought by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen as part of their new Internet company, AVOS.
Our post yesterday on a leaked Yahoo presentation slide about services being shut down or merged generated a lot of concern among Delicious users, who saw their beloved social bookmarking site in the dreaded "Sunset" category. A lot of other sites went ahead and declared (on insufficient evidence) that this meant that Yahoo was for sure going to kill Delicious, and even went so far as to provide lists of similar services for users who wanted to jump ship. Not so fast, says Delicious in a blog post: While they acknowledge that "there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!," they write that "there’s no reason to panic. We are maintaining Delicious and encourage you to keep using it."
In the wake of Yahoo's layoffs of 600 employees, it makes sense that the company would tighten its belt; if the above leaked slide is for real, that tightening will kill off a few of Yahoo's established services. Eric Marcoullier, the co-founder of MyBlogLog -- one of the sites purportedly affected by the shutdown -- tweeted a picture of what appears to be a presentation slide from a Yahoo products all hands presentation, dividing various Yahoo web products into "Sunset," "Merge," and "Make Feature." Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving seems to have all but confirmed the authenticity of Marcoullier's slide with a threat to fire whoever leaked it: (h/t Liz Gannes) "@bpm140 @joshu Really dude? Can't wait to find out how you got the web cast. Whoever it is, gone!" Among the items on the sunset list: Delicious, Yahoo Buzz, MyBlogLog, and Altavista.