Yesterday it was announced that Youtube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen has acquired the social bookmarking platform Delicious, which has been owned by Yahoo since 2005. The new owners are committed running and improving Delicious going forward. And this is something they have experience with, transforming YouTube into one the most powerful sites in the world.
Delicious will become part of their new Internet company AVOS based in San Matero, California. Before YouTube, Hurley and Chen were early employees at PayPal, a leading online payment service that is now part of eBay.
According to John Matheny, SVP of Communications and Communities at Yahoo, there were several people interested in taking over Delicous: “We spoke with numerous parties interested in acquiring the site, and chose Chad and Steve based on their passion and unique vision for Delicious”, said John Matheny.
Yahoo will continue running Delicious for a transition period until July 2011. After that information on Delicious will be moved over to the new owners.
Transfer your bookmarks
If you have a Delicious account you can already now transfer your bookmarks to the new owner. That way, you wont experience any interruptions when using the service and all your bookmarks and your Delicious account will remain intact and have the same look as before. You will automatically be prompted to transfer your bookmarks next time you log in to Delicious.
After July 2011 you will no longer be able to use your old Delicious account.
You can get more information on the transition through this FAQ.
Delicious has become the leading social bookmarking service for saving, sharing and discovering bookmarks. Already back in 2008, it had more than 5 million users.