When leaked slides and rumors of a delicious.com demise hit the blogosphere this past December, I started looking for a new provider for our bookmarks catalog. Unison’s collection joined delicious soon after the bookmarking site’s September 2003 debut, just in time for research projects during my master’s program. Over the years we’ve gathered 5,425 URLs, shared with a number of colleagues who add to our collection, and organized the collection with over 1,000 topics.

Yahoo, which acquired delicious in 2005, has a history of buying technologies and then letting them languish or die. To safeguard our marks, we now collect them here at avadapdc.unisonconsulting.com, and today we begin using pinboard.in as our service provider.

Pinboard, located in San Francisco, brands itself “for introverted people in a hurry.” The focus of the site is less on socializing, and more on speed and utility. Users pay a one-time signup fee that goes up by a small amount with each new signup. In return, they get a fast, spam-free service and prompt support.

Pinboard also offers archival accounts that will store a complete cached copy of every bookmark saved and enable full-text search for an account. As of January 2011, the service has stored about 12 million bookmarks with a total of only seven hours unplanned downtime since its spring 2009 launch.

You can follow our bookmark collection in these three ways.