Yahoo won’t be shutting down its Delicious social bookmarking site—after all. A slide that circulated widely yesterday showed that Delicious was one of several products Yahoo had selected to “sunset,” but Yahoo now says in a blog post, included in full below, that it isn’t shutting down the product and is instead looking for a “home outside the company that would make more sense for the service and our users.”
That suggests that Yahoo is either shopping Delicious or considering giving it away, possibly as an open source project, as some have suggested it should do.
That led to a widespread outcry online that Delicious was on the chopping block and provided Delicious competitors with an opportunity to pitch their own services. That seems like a very poor communications strategy to me.