The hot story du jour
is Yahoo's acquisition of social bookmarking trailblazer del.icio.us
. Web 2.0 observers have their takes on the meaning behind the purchase, whether it be that Yahoo's home-grown tagging technology
needed beefing up, that Yahoo recognizes that tagging might be the "next big thing"
in Internet search, that Yahoo simply wanted a complement to its recent acquisition Flickr
, or that del.icio.us was looking for an exit strategy.
The amount that Yahoo paid for del.icio.us (still an unknown at this point) may indicate whether the acquisition signifies a mainstreaming of the social bookmarking/folksonomy movement, or a bubble burst and a big fish merely gobbling up a weak competitor. Watch for some interesting speculation over the next week.
Source: Om Malik