Mourning the Coming Loss of Del.icio.us and MyBlogLog, but Excited about Alternative Resources That I’ll Be Using – Like Diigo
It is hard to believe that two services that I regularly use are going to be terminated, apparently due to some “organizational streamling” at Yahoo. Del.icio.us has been a great way to not just save bookmarks but to share them with other people. And MyBlogLog has given me some stats on my blog in a readable format, that is unmatched in other places. So I am mourning the coming loss of these services. I guess that is part of the repercussions when one sells their company to one of the larger conglomerates.
In the event that these services discontinue as is being reported by Gizmodo, Tech Crunch, and others, I’ve been looking around at any services that might be similar. I’ve also been thinking about how to keep the information that I have gathering at these places.
So if you use delicious, gizmodo helpfully points out that you can go here where you will be able to export all of your bookmarks. You will have the option of including your tags and notes as well, which is nice. In addition lifehacker has a list of the five best bookmark management tools. I decided to go with Xmarks for some things, but Diigo [below] will most likely be my primary bookmarking place, because of the many excellent features that that have, and how easy they are making it to move my delicious bookmarks over to Diigo.
The reason that Diigo will most likely become my primary bookmark place, is that not only can you save the URL’s of websites, but you can annotate them, archive them, share your bookmarks and archived research with others, and make highlights. Diigo actually seems to function a bit more like delicious, in that they make it easy to share your bookmarks with others. And like I mentioned earlier, you can actually import your data from delicious and highlight webpages on your ipad. If you happen to be a teacher, you can get some additional services for free. I’m pretty excited about this particular option, since you can easily invite friends, see what friends are already using the service and find users of interest. This will probably end up being my new social bookmarking outlet, unless someone convinces me otherwise. It looks very useful.
When it comes to replacing MyBlogLog, I was just looking for an additional resource other than Google Analytics that would give me a look at the data that I find helpful when it comes to reflecting on the stats of this blog. One service that I have been using that gives me some good data, but just not in the way MyBlogLog has, is StatCounter. It just so happens that today I noticed they are beta testing another layout, that allows me to get the stats that MyBlogLog gave me, though not in quite as nice of a format. StatCounter’s new format works better for me than their current one, so for this I was glad. What I liked about MyBlogLog was being able to see at a glance where readers came from, what readers viewed, and what readers clicked. While I can’t do this at a glance (one screen) on statcounter nor google stats, I can at least find that data. It will just take three glances instead of one. If someone knows a service that allows me to see those three things in once glance, please let me know.
So are you mourning the loss of either del.icio.us or MyBlogLog? If so, what alternative resources are you going with or thinking about going with? Let me know.