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The famed social bookmarking service Delicious uncovered a new design today that is supposed to be faster, include more powerful searching, and be flat out easier on the eyes. Sound exciting? Well, we first got a glimpse of the new design nearly a year ago, but there were some bumps in the road that kept them from getting it released.

One other thing that heavy Delicious users will notice is that the domain is no longer Del.icio.us like we’re all used to. Instead they’ve moved the site to Delicious.com, which will probably be easier for new members to remember. It’s just sad to see one of the first web 2.0-style domain names get retired.

The new site is already live, and you can start playing with the great new features:

  • Speed: We’ve moved to a new infrastructure that makes every page faster. This new platform will enable us to keep up with traffic growth while ensuring Delicious is responsive and reliable. You may not have noticed, but the old back-end was getting creaky under the load of five million users.
  • Search: We’ve completely overhauled our search engine to make it faster and more powerful. Searches used to take ages to return results; now they’re very quick. The new search engine is also smarter, and more social: you can search within one of your tags, another user’s public bookmarks, or your social network. Now it’s easier to take advantage of the expertise and interests of your friends, not to mention the Delicious community at large.
  • Design: Finally, we’ve updated the user interface to improve usability and add a few often-requested features (such as selectable detail levels and alphabetical sorting of bookmarks). Our goal has been to keep the new design similar in spirit to the old one, so all of you veterans should be able to jump in without any confusion. At the same time, we’re hoping that newcomers to Delicious will find it easier to learn. Check out the What’s New page for an overview of the changes, or watch this animation that sums it up nicely:

Personally I’ve never used Delicious very much, and so I’m curious what the Delicious users out there think of the new design. Is it everything you hoped for?

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