By now, Yahoo’s announcement–and subsequent retraction–about shutting down the social bookmarking site delicious is old news. But I’m still upset. I keep thinking about how vulnerable we are when we depend on free social media resources.
Since that post appeared, I’ve only increased my bookmarking activity, frequently tagging 20 sites a day, often many more. Client project information, social media ideas and resources, travel plans, health issues, recipes—possibly as much of my life is on delicious as is on my laptop. It’s not a social site for me; I literally can’t work without it.
I don’t want to know the whole story behind Yahoo’s decision and subsequent reversal. No matter what they said (such as, “We can only imagine how upsetting the news coverage over the past 24 hours has been to many of you”), we can’t ever trust them again, can we?
Fortunately, I found a helpful blog post about how to back up delicious bookmarks and import them to other sites. That sure made me feel relieved. And stupid.
We’ve all learned to backup our computer files regularly. Why would social media resources be any different? But when thinking about vulnerability online, instead of focusing on backups, I focused on privacy. Now I’ve learned that I need to be even smarter about protecting myself.
Blogs can be taken down or taken over by hackers, crippled by plug-in malfunctions or mismatches, or even shut down by the hosting site. It’s hard to imagine WordPress going away, but you never know. Fortunately, my social media consultant, Lori Randall Stradtman, installed an automatic backup program for my blog. And when I recently asked her if it was safe to update WordPress and 16 plug-ins, her answer was simple: if your backup program is working, you don’t have to worry.
In addition, I receive email and RSS feeds of my blog. And I get an RSS feed of my tweets, which is really only helpful if I forget to bookmark an article link I happened to see there…
If you have another idea or experience, please post it here or on my Facebook page. Thanks!
P.S. When following the directions in the article about exporting bookmarks to another service, I had trouble with Mister Wong (could not accept my Yahoo login, which is what I use for delicious) and success with Pinboard. I had to pay a one-time fee of $9.06 to join Pinboard – which the article failed to mention – but it will probably be worth it.