A Delicious Tale

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What we can learn from Delicious about Services In The Cloud

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A Delicious Tale

  1. 1. A Delicious TaleWhat the story of Del.icio.us can teach us about Cloud Applications.
  2. 2. Long long ago, in a galaxy far far away
  3. 3. Steve Schachter started one of the earliestblogs on the web, called Memepool in 1998. Schacter used the Memepool link database as the foundation for a stand-alonebookmark website called del.icio.us, released in 2003. He left his day job to work full time on del.icio.us in April 2005. By December 2005, del.icio.us was acquired by Yahoo…
  4. 4. • Delicious introduced the term “Social Bookmarking”• Not the first online, collaborative bookmark service – but the most successful• ASP – Application Service Provider• SaaS – Software as a Service• Cloud Application• ! Cloud Hosting
  5. 5. • Dec 16 – Yahoo Slide leaked• Delicious listed as a service to be “Sunset”• Dec 17 – Yahoo “clarifies” – they intend to sell Delicious
  6. 6. • I use Delicious – a lot• I use it at a link repository• I generate auto-posts from it• I use it as a “Filtered Browser History”• The news that Delicious was being Sunset was huge for me – and made me very worried• What To Do? Find a Replacement
  7. 7. • Moving to Diigo was painless• Why was this so easy? – Delicious has an API and speaks in friendly data dialects like RSS, JSON and ATOM – Diigo has a Delicious import tool – The functionality of social bookmarking has a field of many competitors
  8. 8. Living the Cloud City Dream •You own your data •You can take your data •Friendly API to get data •Lots of competitors •Available self-hosting
  9. 9. Living the Cloud City Nightmare •They own your data •You are locked into their system •No API or Non-Useful API •No options if they change their service and you don’t like it
  10. 10. • Cloud Applications help by being Cheap and Web Accessible• Cloud Applications eliminate updating or patching software (for you)• Cloud Applications can be A Trap and hold your data hostage• Cloud Applications need to be robust and resilient to ensure they are available

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