Is Delicious loosing their data?

I use Delicious from time to time to save bookmarks and search for stuff I can't remember where I found it. It was sad to read rumors that Yahoo! will shut it down, but that's not the point here now. In the last months I noticed some strange behavior with their site: when surfing a page of a bookmark, you see the total number of people who have bookmarked that particular link and that number started to jump from view to view. First loaded you see a total of 183 bookmarks, 10 minutes later it's 265 bookmarks, and then 183 again. What's going on there? I guess that is some inconsistency between their datacentres or something, but I'm not sure (and I am sure that this should not happen!). Today I noticed another funny thing: bookmarks without an owner: Again, not sure what is happening here. Did the user delete his account? Delicious says all bookmarks will be gone when deleting, so this should be something different, but again, I have no clue. I fear I will have to search a new home for my bookmarks. Any (open-source) social bookmarking service out there worth a try?


Paul Tötterman wrote on 2011-01-08 07:20:


evgeni wrote on 2011-01-09 12:09:

Nice, will check that out. But that’s not what I meant in the first place. I’m looking for something that has a setup like there is one single main instance, powered by opensource software, which almost everyone is using (while still be able to install an own one). Bonus points for inter-instance p2p sync as is doing it.

Btw, I also got recommended — will check that out too.

Ken Bloom wrote on 2011-01-09 00:46:

Is there, perhaps, a distributed database that only guarantees eventual consistency behind this? Maybe you’re hitting different servers that aren’t entirely up to date.

evgeni wrote on 2011-01-09 12:05:

Yepp, that’s what I meant by different datacentres. However this should only explain the difference in the numbers, not the non-existant user? And still, the jump is IMHO too big for an unsync database…

CiaW wrote on 2011-01-09 20:17:

There’s also Pinboard, though they do charge a nominal amount to set up an account. I signed up a couple of weeks ago. One of the guys running it was a co-founder of delicious.

I don’t know if they’re running opensource software, however.

Kimmie Fortelny wrote on 2011-01-10 19:18:

We think the news about Delicious is very unfortunate but would love to assist Delicious users in shopping other bookmarking alternatives. There are many out there that offer great features. I am commenting on behalf of Symbaloo. Symbaloo is a great alternative because it is visual and users are able to tag, share and publish their favorite bookmarks. Published “webmixes” (a collection of bookmarks) are also indexed in Google. More reasons to try Symbaloo:

To import your Delicious bookmarks please visit

Kind regards,


Team Symbaloo

Marcos Marado wrote on 2011-01-11 17:32:

The most comprehensive and extensive article about this, that might interest you, that I’ve seen so far is here:

Send your comments to and I will publish them here (if you want).