Visited del.icio.us yesterday and found to my surprise it was now Delicious.
Then my brother happened to come in.
Me: “Del.icio.us used to be so cool.”
Me: “Now it’s just so…”
My bro and I went, simultaneously, “plain”.
My first thoughts were that it looked really Web 2.0 and shiny. Not glossy-highlights shiny, but…well, you know. Anyway, I thought that gigantic Flash header was a bit in-your-face, but I guess the shinyweb2.0 crowd will like it. Thank goodness it had a “hide” option. Which didn’t really hide, just compressed it into a thin bar of shinyness. I don’t like how they shrunk the website thumbnails under the ‘popular’ column, and the insistence on using shades of gray instead of black and white is hurting my eyes. And the small font sizes. What is it with Web 2.0 sites and font sizes that are either insanely gigantic or minuscule?
But anyway, I logged in.
The color choices are really bugging me. What’s with the gray and gray-tint spammage? And honestly, some of the color differentiations are so subtle that you can’t tell the difference at all when you’re flying through your bookmarks.
So I continued to poke around. Imagine my aghast-ness when I discovered my “unbundled tags” bundle was missing.
Now see, this really bothers me because I’m an organization freak (or so I would like to believe) and I use the unbundled tags bundle for seeing which tags need to be bundled. If you understood that last sentence, you’ll also understand that this spells disaster for my tagging system. I have close to 500 tags.
Seven minutes into my exploration session, I got this. And I proceeded to get it 16 more times in the same session.
And today while organizing my bookmarks (again) I got at least 30 “temporary problem” messages…
…and I got blocked, I don’t know, 15 times?
There are people raving about the new design but I personally think they went one step forward and two steps backward in terms of UX. It hasn’t got any snappier either – in fact I’d go so far as to say it’s gotten slower.
A suggestion I put in the forum: Is it possible to have just a cosmetic old-del.icio.us thing? Like those “choose skin” features some sites have got. Not totally back to the old system, but less flashiness and more nostalgia for the old(er) users.
In other news, WordPress.com just announced 24/7 support. I love this place.