The bookmarking site de.licio.us as a search tool.
Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson trains his always sharp eye on the possible acquisition of Yahoo! by Microsoft. The question marks that are zinging through my mind are attached to two companies Yahoo! acquired, the photo sharing site Flickr and the bookmarking site De.licio.us. It might not be too outlandish to claim that de.licio.us is becoming the central nervous system of the internet. As blogs are co-valent bonds held together with permalinks to media stories, de.licio.us is the "glue" that holds archives together. I'm enormously inspired and stimulated by the blogs Detritus by Dana Bateman and Bldgblog by Geoff Manaugh. But I'm equally inspired by what they're reading as well as writing and I've subscribed to their lists on de.licio.us.
I hadn't really thought about de.licio.us as a search tool until I read Fred Wilson's observations,
Before delicious was sold to Yahoo!, I really wanted to see if we could make the delicious search service a major player in the search business. It seemed to me that the best way to keep delicious free to use and free of advertising was to use the data everyone was providing to offer a "people powered" search engine.
Fred Wilson describes de.licio.us on this archive post from his blog.