Three cheers! Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the founders of YouTube, have officially saved Delicious, a popular social bookmarking site, from Yahoo.
In December, Delicious appeared on a leaked Yahoo roadmap slide, alongside seven other services, as products that Yahoo was going to kill off:
A surprising number of longtime users of the bookmarking site had a bit of a freak out, which prompted Yahoo to declare it had intentions to sell rather than close the service.
As for Hurley and Chen's intentions, the pair says they aren’t buying the company for nostalgia’s sake. “We see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the web,” said Hurley in a press release.
As of July 2011, Delicious will become a part of Hurley and Chen’s new Internet company, AVOS.
Starting today, Delicious users can log into the service and transfer their bookmarks. Yahoo and AVOS promise the transition will be seamless. User names, passwords, profile information, bookmarks, and other content will transfer over, for example.
“You’ll enjoy uninterrupted use of the service and will keep your account and all of your bookmarks when we make the transition,” said team Yahoo.
Delicious users: Are you excited? Indifferent? Let us know in the comments below.