According to Slideshare, it was four years ago that I ran a series of social bookmarking workshops in the OU:
At the time, I was a fan of delicious (still am), because it did what it did and it did it well enough. As part of the workshop, I tried to encourage folk to use delicious, but I also ran an “OU unofficial” version of Scuttle for folk to use if they preferred using a locally hosted social bookmarking app. (A few did, at first, but the folk who got value from social bookmarking tended to then move on to delicious, so I shut the open.ac.uk hosted version of Scuttle down.)
With the future of delicious uncertain, I wonder whether Scuttle has continued in development, and whether it’s worth setting up again?
As to the continuity of flickr – I guess I need to have a think about what to do if flickr goes down. As a paid up premium user, I have thousands of images on flickr, many of them screenshots which are served to this blog. If flickr were to die, I’d need to get the images moved elsewhere, and the links updated in this blog. I’m not sure how to do this? Anyone got any good ideas given this is a WordPress hosted blog (and the fact I don’t want to have to pay for image storage on WordPress – unless Automattic buy flickr???)
And then there’s Yahoo Pipes. As far as I know, it hasn’t been mentioned in any of the recent reports around Yahoo’s portfolio reorganisation, but who knows how safe it is? I’ve posted before wondering about what happens if yahoo pipes dies?, and thanks to Greg Gaughan there’s now an exporter and partial runner for pipes using Pipe2Py and the Google Apps Pipes Engine. All that’s needed now is for someone to come up with a UI that generates the Pipes JSON export format… There are a few possible candidates out there, but nothing that hits the sweet spot yet, so if you fancy having a go, let me know (I probably won’t be able to help with the code, but I can try out the UI and help test any outputs within Pipe2Py…)