Pinterest or Delicious

Pinterest home page

Pinterest home page

Pinterest is all the rage now. It has venture funds and lots of new users. But you have to be invited to join. I’ve signed up and have been waiting to be invited, but so far no luck. If you are not familiar with Pinterest, it’s a visual bookmark site. It seems to be full of DIY ideas, fashion, and recipes. It’s full of pretty photos and Esty-like crafts. However the more I look at it, the more Pinterest reminds me of the new design of Delicious.

Delicious home page

Delicious home page

Delicious is a social bookmark service that has been around since 2003. In 2005 it was purchased by Yahoo. In December of 2010 rumors leaked out that Yahoo would shut down Delicious. This turned out not to be true and in fact Yahoo sold it to Avos Systems (owned by the founders of YouTube) in April 2011. Delicious was popular with web designers, coders, bloggers and tech writers. It was much more geeky than Pinterest, but I mean that in a good way. I’m a long time user so I was glad it was saved. However in September 2011, Delicious went live with new design. Oh my, I hated it — many of the tools were gone, the search was broken, it was buggy. Visuals were added to the formally text only site and Avos added something called “stacks.” I thought I would have to give up on Delicious. Then the bugs were fixed, the search worked again and the new features became useful. Now I’m learning to like the new Delicious.

So while you wait for your Pinterest invite, you might want to try out Delicious.

My Delicious Stacks: Typography, fonts and design | Cool illustration | Documentary films

From Mashable: Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network

New York Times: YouTube Founders Revamping a Site for Link Sharing

Pinterest and Delicious

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