Importing bookmarks from delicious to Diigo

I’ve written about  the basic and enhanced features of Diigo (i.e., Webslides) in previous posts. In view of the  approaching demise of delicious (still officially a rumor), I thought I’d take some time to describe how to import your bookmarks from delicious to Diigo.

STEP 1. Go to your delicious account and sign in; then, click on settings.

STEP 2. In settings, select the “Export/Backup Bookmarks” link.

STEP 3. Select your export options. You can choose to include your delicious tags and notes and you can choose to export only a subset of tagged items. It’s important to bear in mind that if you’ve duplicated bookmarks in both Diigo and delicious, exporting will override your Diigo notes.

STEP 4. When you select “Export,” the file will be saved as an html file.

In my system, this file goes straight to my download folder.

STEP 5. Go to the “Import delicious bookmarks”  page in Diigo.

It’s important to note that you won’t be able to save the privacy settings you created in delicious when you create your html file and  the default state upon importing to Diigo is public. So if you have any private bookmarks, you might want to make them all private at the outset. You can always edit specific bookmarks to make them public later.

AN UPDATE:  Since I wrote this post, the display now looks like this, so it looks like your privacy settings will be retained.

Importing will take some processing time which will vary with the number of bookmarks you have and the number of people trying to import their bookmarks at any give time. You’ll receive an email when its done.

Additional importing options:

  • You can read tips about importing local bookmarks here
  • You can find tips for importing from Furl here

Although I’m a Diigo fan, I am saddened by the fact that Yahoo seems to be giving up on delicious, which is quite a good tool in its own right.  However, if you are a delicious user, I think you’ll be quite happy after you’ve explored Diigo a bit. I encourage you to check out the various groups and communities on Diigo. There’s even a group for Diigo in Education worth visiting.

UPDATE: Don’t panic, the import takes awhile (My 398 bookmarks that I had left in delicious came over sometime on Friday night/Saturday). The folks at Diigo are dealing with a lot of volume.  Based on a Tweet, it looks as if they’ve  gotten more servers and and are trying new code to try to speed up the process. You can follow Diigo on Twitter (@Diigo) and ask questions.  While you’re waiting for the import, start exploring and adding new bookmarks,  joining groups, or creating your own.

While I was updating this post, I thought I’d point out some Diigo Groups educators might be interested in joining.

Another update: Diigo has created a useful FAQ page that describes some of the differences between Diigo and delicious, if you’re still wondering if Diigo is a good solution for you.


8 responses to “Importing bookmarks from delicious to Diigo

  1. Thanks for the help. I have one problem. How do you get diigo to read your tags from delicious? All 500 plus of the link imported and the tags are showing, but they do not appear on the MY TAGS list. If you know how to fix this I would greatly appreciate your help.

  2. Hi Garth, I’m not sure. I noticed that while all my delicious bookmarks have imported only some of my tags are showing up in the “my tags” list (I added an additional “delicious” tag so I could keep track of them). In other words,398 of my delicious bookmarks are visible in my library with their tags but only 98 delicious tags are showing up in the “my tags” list. I wonder if there’s a delay (though not sure why there would be). I haven’t received an official email telling me the process is complete.

    Hunting for more information on Diigo and will post if I can find more answers.

  3. I updated the blog to add a bit more information, I wonder if the “my tags” issue is because of some of the code changes Diigo’s trying to speed up the import process. You might try contacting Diigo on Twitter (@Diigo) to see if they know about this issue.

  4. With over 6000 bookmarks over 4 years, I suspect my transfer may take until sometime next summer if comments I’m seeing around the web are anything to go by. I just hope they all go through without any hiccups before Delicious is finally … sold/shutdown/whatever. Very helpful post, well done. I found the list of Diigo groups helpful – saved me time so I can back to nail biting as I wait for my Diigo acct to load up 🙂 Happy holidays!

  5. I’m glad the group list is useful. I actually added four more to the list that I’d forgotten about. It’s also really easy to create groups, which is one of the other reasons I like Diigo. You can create groups for class projects and make them open or private.

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