Having rediscovered social bookmarking site, Delicious, which I mentioned in a post in April, I was surprised to receive an email from them explaining that they were abandoning ‘stacks’ and reverting to tags. The explanation is as follows:
We introduced stacks last year as a visually rich way to think about your links and we’ve been blown away by the amazing content you’ve created. But given the upcoming launch of new products from Delicious’ parent company, AVOS, and our focus on simplifying the Delicious site, we realized the value of stacks is limited for our users moving forward.
Slightly mysterious and not altogether convincing. AVOS took over the running of Delicious from Yahoo! in 2011 and stacks were seen as an interesting innovation, and part of an effort to keep up with the likes of Pinterest and reinvigorate Delicious.
To counteract the loss of stacks, there’s better integration with Facebook through a Facebook Connector which helps add your Facebook links to Delicious, similar to its Twitter Connector launched recently too for your tweeted links. However, it seems to me that Delicious is being downgraded in light of this new (and mysterious) new products launch from AVOS, or perhaps the stacks were not working well. Either way, I don’t think it looks good for Delicious, and it looks like it may well have less appeal for me now.