the rumors that Yahoo is going to close Delicious down completely shocked me, when I first saw it on Twitter. Some of you wrote that this the big chance for Zootool, but for me Delicious always has been the unreachable godfather of bookmarking and I felt very bad for all the guys over at Yahoo, who spent all their passion and work on Delicious in the past years and got kicked in the ass with that rumors. Fortunately it really seems that those rumors were nothing but rumors and Delicious is continuing their service.
For Zootool that “Delicious-is-closing-down-thingy” had the most impressive effect I’ve ever experienced since the beginning. Habu and I decided to lift the import limit and let all of you import as many bookmarks as you like. After I tweeted that, an onslaught on our import system began. Within three hours you guys uploaded bookmark files with more than 850.000 bookmarks. To be honest with you, we had just reached 650.000 bookmarks the day before so our bookmark database doubled within three hours. There’s no reason to keep it secret that the importer sucked and took the whole site down.
Normally the importer tries to be as smart as our Lasso bookmarklet and categorizes the imported urls by type (image, video, document, link). Therefor it connects to sites like Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr or loads of others and tries to find as many information about those urls as possible. (tags, thumbnail urls, embed codes for videos, etc.) It also tries to generate screenshots for all of them.
Imagine when the importer tried that for 850.000 bookmarks! It’s simply impossible in such a short time (unless you are Google maybe :)) and imports kept stacking up.
I decided to rebuild the importer and simply write all the bookmarks into our database to categorize them later and delay the screenshot generation as well. I also decided to take the site down completely to catch up with the huge pile of imports, migrate to bigger servers and improve the system as much as I can.
All bookmarks got imported over night and should now be safe and warm inside your “Zoos” :) You will find an “imported” pack in the sidebar of your Zoo where you always find them. Tags, titles, descriptions and your privacy settings should be imported correctly and as I said before, we are trying to find a good solution for the missing screenshots and they will be generated as soon as possible. If anything should have gone wrong, please let me know: email@example.com
I know that downtimes suck. I hate when sites go down, that are important to me. But please stick with us through this growing pains and be sure that we do everything to keep the site fast and the downtimes short. Thank you so much for your patience!
If you got any questions, feedback or concerns, please don’t hesitate to write me: firstname.lastname@example.org