Yet another blog toy

I just can’t help tinkering with my blog. I can’t help reading endless pages on the internet either but until recently it’s been far too time-consuming to share the pages of interest with people.

At the start of the year I joined Newsvine, and I’ve seeded about 300 or so article there and written 11 of my own. That’s been really interesting and the community side of things is great, but I’ve often thought about inserting some of the links I seed over there over here. There’s always been an option to insert a Javascript-enabled feed into your own site (as can be seen in the sidebar) but that doesn’t really give much information other than the direct link.

Then I noticed that an old internet friend of mine Aine was regularly inserting a series of links into her blog every day. I thought that she’d found some way to automatically insert these links into her blog from Newsvine, but it turns out that she’s actually using del.icio.us to do this.

Del.icio.us allows you to “tag” links of interest and it provides you with all sorts of related information:

What is del.icio.us?

del.icio.us is a collection of favorites – yours and everyone else’s. You can use del.icio.us to:

* Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, reviews, recipes, and more, and access them from any computer on the web.
* Share favorites with friends, family, coworkers, and the del.icio.us community.
* Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone’s favorite — they’ve already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks about technology, entertainment, useful information, and more. Explore and enjoy.

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website — the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.

This might turn out to be useful, or not. Anyway, you can configure del.icio.us to automagically insert your day’s links into your blog. I’ve set this up to happen this evening, so we’ll see if it works or not. At the moment if I find an article that is Newsvine-worthy I tag it with del.icio.us first and then seed it to Newsvine. That way I can supply both Newsvine and my own blog with slightly interesting information.