Sorry del.icio.us, you’re loosing me!
Strange, how some popular services just not appear to work when becoming part of a new organization.
Another example is del.icio.us (renamed to delicious.com in an attempt to make it seem less nerdy?). The first years after the acquisition by Yahoo not much happened, the lean and mean interface stayed the way it was and existing users could just go on using it the way it was, with their original account names, using login cookies that didn’t expire in ages. Over time, the web interface started to get a little bloated, still nothing to worry too much about.
More recently, Yahoo decided to “merge accounts” into Yahoo accounts and use their single sign-on technology for authentication. That is where the trouble started.
Over time, Yahoo’s sign-in system has been secured more and more, without doubt a good thing to protect your Yahoo mailbox. But serious overkill for the way users like me want to use del.iciou.us. That is: when I hit an interesting web page, I want to immediately bookmark it (using a bookmarklet), add a few tags (with ajax auto-completion goodness), hit the enter key and be done with that. And now I’m no longer able to use the bookmarklet that way, I always get that pesky Yahoo signin screen.
Now I happen to have quiet a few Yahoo accounts because of all those merged services (upcoming.org, and flickr.com) and I simply can not remember which account was used for what service, let alone what password is the right one. To make matters worse, Yahoo now even refuses to send me a password reset link if I can’t tell them my secondary email address. Geezj, Idon’t know that, I have gazillions of those secondary addresses. I simply have to give up on those locked Yahoo accounts.
What they should have done is the way LinkedIn works: use a persistent auth cookie for basic, read only access and only ask for your password again if you’re about to edit your profile or send a message to another user. This is well aligned with the involvement of the task at hand:
- quick check of a user’s profile works with my persistent stored account details
- editing my profile or actions involving other users ask me to prove that I am who I pretend (based on my password, oh well)
Oh, and if I don’t remember my password, just help me to reset it w/o asking impossible questions.
Back to del.icio.us, what are the alternatives?
Currently I’m experimenting with Twine, which adds many more sharing and collaboration options. An alternative might be faviki.com, which suggests wikipedia topics for tags, creating real semantic meaning for these tags.
Twine’s bookmarklet works nice and clean, while the Faviki bookmarklet needs some work; it occupies too much screen space and the wikipedia lookups (through DBPedia) take too long for a smooth experience.
So, what is your alternative for del.icious? Please let me know in the comments!