With the announcement that Yahoo! will retire Delicious, MyBlogLog, Altavista and other Yahoo! services, WordPress users around the world will have their blogging habits change.
UPDATE: I’ve updated the news on WordCast with Delicious Lives – Yahoo! Might Not. Yahoo! and Delicious announced that Delicious will not close. They are looking at selling or spinning it off but the people behind Delicious are committed to its continued existence. See the post for more details.
For the thousands of WordPress bloggers who use Delicious in many ways, including creating Link Posts automatically on their blogs, featuring Delicious links in their sidebar, and using it to bookmark websites and pages for reference in writing their blog posts, your bookmarking habits and publishing techniques will change.
The loss of Delicious will mean that those WordPress Plugins will stop working, as well other methods. Link Posts have lost their value over the past year as more and more people share links and quick reference tips through Twitter and Facebook rather than in a weekly link summary post on their blogs. Still, many do, and this technique will either have to change or end.
In the article on WordCast I wrote about the closing of Delicious, I added tips on how to export your Delicious bookmarks to protect them and use them in other creative ways. I’ll be publishing more on that in the next few days, helping you save those precious links.
I’m also concerned about the closing of MyBlogLog. Many bloggers jumped onto that social networking wagon and have stuffed their sidebars full of MyBlogLog widgets, stuffed with micro thumbnail pictures of fellow friend bloggers. This is now replaced easily by the various WordPress Plugins for Facebook.
On a personal note, I’m also sad to see AltaVista go. On that day, an important piece of Internet history will disappear. Long before Google, AltaVista was my search engine of choice, my gateway beyond link lists and directories to the possible on the web. I thrived on Babel Fish to provide instant machine translations of text and web pages. While not perfect, it was the first web-based translation application and opened up my world to what others had to say in a language not my own. I also liked it as it was named for the translation “fish” put into the ears of characters from the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a long time favorite book and show.
With the news that Ask.com with Ask Jeeves closed last month, Yahoo! abandoning their search engine to Microsoft Bing, a lot of the building blocks of the original web are gone. I feel about these the same way I do about the death of Blake Edwards, Richard Holbrooke, and the last episode tonight of Larry King.
I don’t need to say more. You know the feeling.