IDG NEWS SERVICE -- Dec 14 -- Users have posted hundreds of comments to the blog entry on which Del.icio.us founder and CEO Joshua Schachter announced the Yahoo acquisition last Friday. Reactions range from users who are absolutely elated to those who are irreparably distraught. The service lets its over 200,000 registered users save links to their favorite Web pages on a personal page hosted by Del.icio.us, label the links with descriptive tags and share their lists with other users. Del.icio.us, founded in September 2003, is considered part of a wave of Internet companies called Web 2.0.; they make their end users a central element to their services, giving them the liberty and the tools to create, share and manage content, often through the use of descriptive tags. Flickr, which Yahoo bought earlier this year, is considered part of the Web 2.0 generation, as are blog search provider Technorati; Odeo, a startup that lets users create and share audio files known as podcasts; and Padilla's Musicmobs.
Mark Brooks: Jonathan Abrams, founder of Friendster, also created hotlinks.com which helped users manage links. He also had designs on turning it into a search enginer. A fantastic concept. Alas, CMGI hotlinks mother company) nixed it after the bust. Blink had a similar favorites hosting service which survived a little longer but was also nixed.