Over my years of using it, Delicious quietly became one of my favorite things on the whole internet – in many ways because it shaped how I used the web itself, and how I organize my thoughts.
Hearing that it’s going to be shut down made me kinda sad. But so does the prospect of moving to some other monolithic, single-point-of-failure service.
Anyone interested in building a Free Software federated social bookmarking app? I am, and I think we could put something together pretty easily using the developing ecosystem of federated social protocols which projects such as status.net and Diaspora are using.
If one already exists, I’d love to hear about it too… but I couldn’t find it.
I’ve got a final tomorrow but I’ll get a mailing list up and running Saturday – leave a message in the comments, or email email@example.com and I’ll add you when I do.
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I’m a bit surprised that there is nothing else like this online already… I’ll be interested to see what comes of this. I’m afraid I don’t have the time at the moment to commit to this kind of project.
I was surprised too! Would it be something you’d be interested in using in the future, even if not developing on?
Yeah, I would definitely be interested. It would be a ~great opportunity~ especially if enough people get into it!
I loved Delicious too! And the idea of a developing a federated social bookmark service attracts me like flies to honey :D. I know a bit of python, and have experimented a bit with perl and ruby so if you need a junior code monkey I’d love to help contribute.
If I remember correctly there was an effort made in the earlier days of delicious. I just can’t remember what it was called. Rubylicious? Delirious? But I think the project was deprecated. Must have been in 2006 or 2007 when I first became aware of it.
Have you tried pinboard.in?
I haven’t, but it’s also another walled garden – I want something federated and Free Software 🙂
A library coder friend of mine wrote Unalog: http://unalog.com/. It’s not federated, but it is lightweight, social, and open source.
I think CouchDB is an amazing way to break down this walled gardens problem. It enables the convenience of the web and also replication and decentralization. There is an interesting start at a bookmarking system built on CouchDB that supports import from delicious here: http://blog.fupps.com/2010/05/25/truly-scrumptious-bookmarks-in-couchdb/
I’d LOVE something that isn’t another monolithic service. I’ve seen a few mentions of Scuttle since the delicious panic has been flying around – I’m not sure how (if) it handles federation, but it might be something to build on?
Absolutely, count me in.
The plot thickens. http://blog.delicious.com/blog/2010/12/whats-next-for-delicious.html
I would be interested in working on it.
reading http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/deliciouss_data_policy_is_like_setting_a_museum_on.php –
says http://sourceforge.net/projects/scuttle is a “rough around the edges” API-compatible PHP clone of Delicious… perhaps it could become a *federated* api-compatible PHP clone?…
I would be pleased if we could crowd-source purchase delicious’s data, and make use of that.
Suggestions to start out with:
I’ve used it in a low key way for quite some time.
If I can be of help, I’d be up for contributing.
I will contribute or use it!
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