The news leaked and spread like wildfire this afternoon: Yahoo is shutting down social bookmarking site Delicious.
This screenshot quickly made the rounds from Yahoo's most recent all-hands meeting with Delicious in the "Sunset" category. AllThingsD reported today that Delicious, as well as other products (MyBlogLog, Yahoo Picks, AltaVista, Yahoo Bookmarks and Yahoo Buzz) are indeed shutting down. TechCrunch also confirmed the news of Delicious's demise after reaching out to Yahoo.
Formerly called del.icio.us, the site was founded in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo in 2005. It boasted more than 5.3 million users and 180 million unique bookmarked URLs by the end of 2008. Once one of the Web's top social sites, Delicious is still accessed by some 350,000 people per month, but it doesn't seem to fit in Yahoo's future plans.
If Twitter is any reaction, this is a decision that many don't understand. Some are even outraged. What's your reaction?