Actually, it's unacceptable regardless, something we should certainly be more diligent about, particularly following the recent Gawker debacle.
Every bookmark that is added to Diigo via its API transmits your username and password in clear text.
Aly says this move is “one of the terms of the transition,” which makes me think the plan here is to sell the domain to the highest bidder at some point.
As Aly tells me, Science remains in control of the domain name.
“Science has transitioned control of Delicious to our new entity so that my team and I can dedicate ourselves to the long-term success and stability of this wonderful, useful, trailblazing site,” Aly writes in the announcement, which was quietly published yesterday.
In an email later today, Aly also told me that his intent is to “honor the site’s core functionality (the saving and sharing of bookmarks) while attempting to make the site more SEO-friendly.” He also noted that “monetization of the site will be primarily ad-driven,” as the premium features introduced by Science “had minimal usage and costs more to support.” To do all of this, the new owners are rolling back many of the changes the latest set of owners made to the site.
It appears that Delicious, one of the oldest tools in my web tech toolbox, may be closing (or, as Yahoo has just said, may be sold).
Update: Just like You Tube and AVOS, Science also clearly didn’t quite know what to do with this living fossil of a web service.
Aly, who has a background in SEO, notes that the Java Script front-end framework the recent owners used to rebuild the site isn’t great for making content visible to Google and Bing.
“My primary specialty is Big Data SEO, and Delicious has a HUGE amount of data,” Aly told me. I’m incredibly excited by the opportunity to make this data as accessible as possible.” Turns out, the former owners left the lights on, though, and kept the old version up and running under previous.delicious.com, so reverting back to that old version should be pretty straightforward.
I am quite sure that there is plenty of crap in there, sites that are dead, things I flagged but are no longer relevant.
It would be a massive ordeal to "clean house" so to speak and it seems silly to fight to maintain a collection of bookmarks that are, for the most part, the equivalent of 2004's holiday cards -- quite special at the time, but pretty pointless overall to keep.
But I've always felt as though Diigo was too bloated, doing more than I needed a bookmarking service to do (and doing things that I've come to use other, better tools for -- Evernote, for example. But the real reason I refuse to use Diigo -- and I caution others against adopting it -- is that Diigo does not follow secure protocols with the transmission and storage of your username and password.