Found out earlier today via email that popular social bookmarking service Delicious was recently acquired by the founders YouTube – Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. This is great news not only for current Delicious users but also for other people who plan on using this awesome social bookmarking web service.
Here’s the official announcement via the Delicious blog:
April 27 2011
YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious
Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. They are committed to running and improving Delicious going forward.
Providing a seamless transition for users is incredibly important for both companies. Yahoo! will continue to operate Delicious until approximately July 2011. When the transition period is complete, your information will be moved over to Delicious’ new owner.
Starting today, we will ask you to login to Delicious again and agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to the new owner. That way, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted use of the service and will keep your account and all of your bookmarks when we make the transition. For more information on the Delicious transition, please refer to this FAQ.
Thank you for your patience in this time of transition and thank you for using Delicious!
As a Delicious user, I also received an email containing the official announcement of the acquisition:
Dear Delicious User,
Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.
If you’re an active Delicious user and would like to continue using the service and also keep your bookmarks, you’ll have to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks. The current Delicious will only be available until July 2011 so if you don’t transfer your account/bookmarks before that time, you’ll lose access to your account, account information and bookmarks.