Wow, it seems that I missed out on a lot of excitement yesterday - it was a fairly quiet day work-wise, so I spent it catching up on internal documents and doing some quiet testing.
Although in the grand scheme of things it was much more important to get some decent Sushi and going to the movies than tracking the ripples of the del.icio.us acquisition, one thought did cross my mind as I read the news -
I'd better start looking at alternatives.
Why? Well, mostly due to the same reasons I've given up using Yahoo Groups and other Yahoo stuff over the years - the user experience has progressively gone to the dogs (ever tried following a discussion thread in Groups?), and the amount of junk that they manage to squeeze into the HTML markup (with ads and whatnot) is un-be-lie-va-ble.
Flickr seems to be an exception, but I keep wondering for how long.
In case you're interested, I've kept bookmarks for de.lirio.us (which is Perl-based, source available) and scuttle (PHP-based). reddit seems interesting as well (and despite not having tags and not being a bookmarks site per se, it has voting bookmarklets), so I'm thinking of giving it a try.
Update: François Granger has just reminded me of blogmarks, which is also interesting.
They lack the del.icio.us spit and polish, but now that tagging hyperlinks is monetizable through acquisition, I'm sure there will be a lot of new entrants in this particular segment of the Web 2.0 bubble.