Today Joshua Shachter, he of del.icio.us fame, announced he was quitting his day job and taking on del.icio.us full time. For all the del.icio.us fans out there, this means Joshua will be making lots more improvements to the site (imagine that?). In order to make this come true he’s decided to take on some outside investment (which, for him, has probably been knocking on the door for a while now).
This is pretty huge. While he isn’t selling del.icio.us, this is the first sign of things to come. It’s been pretty obvious to most users that the site is something special. It’s transformed my internet life. I no longer bookmark anything on my computer, it runs the bookmarks sidebar on NoahBrier.com and I find tons of links thanks to it. It’s simple enough to use that I got my mom using it and just the other day a friend of mine used it as a verb (he told me about something he del.icio.us’ed). Come on folks, if it’s a verb it’s gotta be good.
Seriously, if you haven’t tried it yet, get over to del.icio.us and start bookmarking, it’s easy, free and all you need to do is drag a bookmarklet to your toolbar (which isn’t even a necessity, just makes things much easier).
Before I finish, though, there was one more thing that Joshua said that really struck me:
I think what sets del.icio.us apart is the passion of the community that has organized around it, and I hope I can continue to rely on your ideas, help, and goodwill. Together we have made the site the success it is today.
It’s hard not feel good about that level of appreciation.
Thanks to you, Joshua, for creating something truly useful, fun and rewarding that has caused me to examine much of how I think about the web.
In a previous entry, I wrote: “Essentially I want software that not only complements my brain, but gives me a better understanding of how it functions. I think this is what separates regular software from the revolutionary stuff.”
Well, by that definition, del.icio.us is revolutionary software.