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…Delicious looks delicious?

Delicious

Delicious (the social bookmarking site formerly known as del.icio.us that calls itself “the tastiest bookmarks on the web” and was also the father of the strange domain name), launched its long awaited redesign yesterday to help move the site beyond its late ‘90s style.

Though the underlying functionality is still the same, the new look and feel is designed to make it faster, easier to learn, and hopefully more desirable.

    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 backend 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 public user’s 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.

I’m a big Delicious user (http://delicious.com/cory411), but since I use the Firefox plugin, I rarely if ever visit the site.

Delicious Screenshot

However, with looks like this, I just might have to give it a second chance.

[Delicious]

…IHOP hears a Who?

IHOP Horton Hears A Who

Remember when you were a kid and things like sugar coated Horton Hears a Who-Cakes (Pancakes covered in frosting and sprinkles with a lollipop stuck in the top) sounded delicious?

Yeah, me either, but for a limited time, IHOP is serving up a Horton Hears a Who!-inspired menu for those that still have a mouth full of sweet tooth’s.

Featuring Who-Cakes (the frosting coated concoction mentioned earlier), Beezlenut Splash (Sprite mixed with Jello pieces), and even Green Eggs and Ham, it’s a kid’s menu only type of deal, but for the intended market, I’m sure it’s a must get.

Hurry though, because it’s only available for a limited time!

[IHOP]

…Socialthing! will manage your online life?

Socialthing!

Socialthing! “is a digital life manager that puts what you do online into one place. See everything that’s going on with your friends in all the sites you use, post stuff to multiple places at once and more!”

Basically, it takes your online life and combines it into one easy to read, follow, and update page. Then, instead of checking each site individually to see new messages, updates, photos, etc., you can just check Socialthing! and see them all in one place. The goal is to make interacting across multiple sites as easy as interacting through just one.

Currently, Socialthing! supports del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, LiveJournal, Pownce, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube, with plans for more services as the company expands.

I’ve been beta testing the site for the past few days, and I think the service has some definite possibility. Unfortunately I ran into an issue with adding my Digg profile, but issues are to be expected with any beta release, and I’m sure they’ll have things running smoothly in no time. Everything else loaded without issue though, and I was impressed by the speed with which Socialthing! fetched my data.

Overall, I’d say it’s a useful tool that has the potential to become an indispensable one. Lifestreaming is quickly becoming more popular as everyone tries to manage their vast online world, and Socialthing! is one of the first sites out of the gate, which should give them a jump on adapting and changing to meet users needs with new features and functions.

They should be coming out of beta this weekend, so head on over and give it a try.

[Socialthing!]

…Adding Nutella and Hazlenut to Challah sounds delicious?

Nutella And Hazelnut ChallahI love Challah bread, so mixing it with Nutella (another one of my favorites) and Hazelnut sounds simply delicious.

The recipe takes some time, so this definitely isn’t a spur of the moment sort of thing, but if you’re looking to switch things up a bit, then try serving a loaf of this with dinner and see how long it lasts on the table.

My guess: Not long.

[Steamy Kitchen – No-Knead Nutella And Roasted Hazelnut Challah]

[Via: Tastespotting]

…Oreo Truffles look delicious?

Oreo Truffles

These delicious looking Oreo Truffles are apparently easy to make, and require little more than Oreos, Cream Cheese, and White Chocolate.

  1. Finely crush 7 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.
  2. Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
  4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. You can sprinkle the tops with the 7 crushed cookies for decoration. (I usually eat mine before they make it to this stage.)
  5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

As a huge Oreo fan, I will be making these pronto!

[Bakerella – Oreo Truffles]

[Via: Tastespotting]