Sunday, July 27, 2008

Delicious 2.0 is apparently close at hand.

According to a Delicious blog post, “new Delicious is almost ready to come out of the oven.” Of course, it’s understandable if you’re skeptical. Michael Arrington summarizes the now legendary delays that have plagued the update since Techcrunch first previewed Delicious 2.0 in September of 2007.

imageI took some time to revisit the screenshots in that link and prepare for a probable Monday or Tuesday release. It’s going to be like Christmas morning for me, people. My favorite screen capture was also the smallest one. See that “bulk edit” button? Delicious has needed a way to bulk-edit tags and bookmarks that for soooo long. Jebus, but my tags need to be cleaned up.

For example, very early in my usage of Delicious I would create tags like “legal+reference” to get around the fact that tags weren’t comma separated. After the Delicious Bookmarks plug-in was released, these kind of combined tags were no longer useful or necessary. The ability to quickly search both tags and bookmark text made it easy to find my stuff without resorting to tricky tags. Now, I just use two separate tags, “legal” and “reference”. 

But the bulk edit can solve another common problem: should I use “law” or “legal”, “article” or “articles”? Sure, you can use the current generation tools that allow you rename and delete tags, but neither feature allows you to see how many times a tag has been used or what bookmarks will be affected. I’ve tried some of the Delicious clients, such as Delicer and Netlicious, and they tend to be buggy and awkward or they replicate the same flaws inherent in Delicious.

I expect the new Delicious tool for editing tags and bookmarks to be a huge improvement over options we’ve got now. But, with recent history in mind, I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high.

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