Newsmashing with del.icio.us - y.a.b. (yet another bookmarklet)
After reading Paul Boutin's article at Slate about Newsmashing, my gears got spinning a bit. I've played with annotation tools like he mentions before, but there were tons of issues, not the least of which were security and legal challenges. There are some good uses for commenting on a page, and a few tools that still do so - most recently a9.com's Diary. Or the older (now defunct) ThirdVoice. But none of these had a simple use-flow, and were largely proprietary, costly and/or or closed off.
Which all got me to thinking - There's already a great free service for this that thousands use every day: del.icio.us. It doesn't really allow the granular in-page markup that Boutin was looking for, but it does allow users to both tag and comment on the content of a particular URL. Best of all, it accumulates that user-generated commentary in a public way.
So, I threw together a mini-page activated by a bookmarlet Called delicious linkbacks. Add the bookmarklet to your browser, then you can get a look at what del.icio.us users are saying about (or at least how they are tagging) nearly any web page with one click.
It's not Boutin's vision of full-on in-page markup, but it is a conduit for free open commentary tied to a URL, and that may be good enough.
It seems to work fairly well - I had thought about using Technorati for this, but the results were not nearly as precise and compelling as del.icio.us. There are still a couple of bugs, most having to do with exact URLs (things like a missing trailing "/"). Otherwise, have fun - let me know if there are any bits you'd like to change/add/remove.
3/24/05 Addendum - I just discovered that this has been more-or-less done before (as I assumed it probably had), by Ben Hyde, as the Tasty? Bookmarklet. There are so many del.icio.us tools out there, hard to sort through them all.
3/24/05 Addendum II - One other link that I think deserve mentioning in this post, DURL, which provides tons of linkback-y goodness from a lot of places. Bonus - here's another bookmarklet - this one will pop up a DURL page for a given URL.
3.22.2005 @ 4:01 PM
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