Delicious to Evernote (While Keeping Your Tags and Dates)

As has been widely reported today, Yahoo is discontinuing the Delicious social bookmarking service. (UPDATE: Delicious now says that service will continue while they look for someone to buy them.)

I’ll leave the in-depth postmortem to others — but I will point out that there are any number of good options to replace Delicious (the most obvious being Pinboard).

Mac users can also import their links into many popular note-taking apps via AppleScript, and I wanted to mention that I’m hosting one such script project here:

Delicious to Evernote AppleScript (Keeping Tags and Dates)

It’s still an early version, but it does offer the added benefit of allowing you to keep your tags and date information. Give it a try — and feel free to pitch in with any improvements if you think of any (especially if you know a little AppleScript!)

Don’t use Evernote? It’s free and easy to try — but AppleScript also makes it easy to adapt the code to whatever app you’re using! And if you do, don’t forget to share it with your fellow Mac users here in our Code Library!

3 Responses to “Delicious to Evernote (While Keeping Your Tags and Dates)”

  1. JJ December 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    so I need to append my comment //
    i imported about 1800 notes ( about half of them came over ) and the rest were stored in the Bad URL note.
    So, I started to go through the bad URL’s and re-enter them with the correct URLS. Long story short – when quitting Evernote it ‘Cannot Save Changes – unresolved parameters’ or something close. I had to force quit and when I rebooted, all my work was gone and the Bad URL file is gone.
    Any idea ?

    • Justin Lancy December 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

      To me, it sounds like a glitch with Evernote’s web clipper. Sometimes, I’ve experienced “parameter error” situations, but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen one that would dump all your imported notes before. (Lucky you, right?)

      For a couple of reasons, I think I am going to build an alternate version that avoids the web-clipper and just puts the data into a table like this:

      Would that work for you?

  2. @mattgregory33 December 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Just tested this out on a test set and it worked great! Going to use this to do some migration and much needed cleanup.