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In this week’s 4MR podcast, I look at the controversy surrounding Yahoo possibly closing down social bookmarking site Delicious, which it bought five years ago. An internal slide was leaked showing Delicious was on the “sunset” list (to be closed), but after an outcry on Twitter and other social networks, Yahoo said it would look for an outside home for Delicious, meaning it could open the way for a sale. I talked with ReadWriteWeb co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick about the future of Delicious, and even photo-sharing site Flickr in the wake of chaos at Yahoo.

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Listen to my entire interview with Marshall Kirkpatrick:

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Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

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Marshall Kirkpatrick

Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

Yahoo Trying To Unload Del.icio.us, Not Shut It Down at TechCrunch

Yahoo Has Hit Rock Bottom And Is In Absolute Disarray at TechCrunch

What’s Next for Delicious? at Delicious blog

R.I.P. Delicious – You Were So Beautiful to Me at ReadWriteWeb

Now Yahoo! Says Delicious Will Live On…Somewhere Else at ReadWriteWeb

Painful or not, Yahoo is doing what it needs to do at GigaOm

Yahoo! hopes purchase of ‘social media’ company Del.icio.us is del.ight.ful weapon vs. Google from Business 2.0 in 2005

Delicious entry on Wikipedia

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about the future of Delicious:

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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Social Media content on MediaShift is sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, a program offering innovative and entrepreneurial journalists the resources of Stanford University and Silicon Valley. Learn more here.

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