What social bookmarking service should I use? I had originally started with del.icio.us, but when I started working at Yahoo! I decided to start using MyWeb2.0 beta, as part of the “eat your own dog food” philosophy. In doing so, I discovered I actually liked MyWeb quite a bit, and it had unique features that del.icio.us couldn’t match.
But since Yahoo! recently acquired del.icio.us, we now own two social bookmarking services, so I figured it was time to re-evaluate del.icio.us and see which one is currently best suited my needs for social bookmarking.
The results of my comparison were as follows:
|Yahoo! MyWeb 2.0||del.icio.us||winner|
|Privacy settings allow you to have private and community-only bookmarks. This has proven to be very useful for me in sharing with specific groups of people.||All bookmarks are public, making del.icio.us inappropriate for a complete bookmark replacement (unless you are an exhibitionist!)|
|Firefox extension via Yahoo! Toolbar is pretty lame, supports basic bookmarking but no contextual notes.||Firefox extension is more functional (supports contextual notes via highlighting) and better integrated (doesn’t use up an entire toolbar row).|
|Community features integrate with 360°’s existing social network, so that I see what my friends are bookmarking, which is incredibly cool.||If you manually tag stuff
|Integrates with and affects web search, so I get better and more trusted search results. This is actually really effective and super neato.||No search integration.|
|Pages are automatically cached, in case the original source disapears later.||Nope.|
|Web site is hideously ugly and hard to navigate.||Web site is hideously ugly and hard to navigate.||Tie|
|User’s home URL is an attrocious 70 characters of gobbledygook that requires serious reverse engineering to locate.||http://del.icio.us/mroth|
|Stupid name that is completely unmemorable.||Even stupider name that is nearly impossible to type correctly.||Tie|
My conclusion for the time being was to stick with MyWeb, although I’m somewhat disappointed. I really wish the two features that del.icio.us won on (decent URLs and a good Firefox extension) will be integrated into MyWeb soon, since that seems easier than integrating all the complex MyWeb Yahoo integration stuff into del.icio.us. Or perhaps I can somehow hack the del.icio.us Firefox extension to post to MyWeb instead?