SpicyLinks and del.icio.us Network Summarization

Ross Mayfield:

Every time I see Gabe Rivera of TechMeme, I ask for the same thing — MeMeme. Give me TechMeme where the core index is based on who I read, about 150 people at any given time, to show me what my friends are interested in.

Funnily eough, that is exactly why I wrote SpicyLinks!

It works pretty well — in fact, nowadays I don’t really bother reading slashdot, Digg, Reddit, et al, particularly frequently, because I know that all the really interesting stuff will be at the top of my newsreader in the SpicyLinks feed.

Anyway, I’ve been calling SpicyLinks a ‘summarizing aggregator’, but the discussion that arose from Ross’ posting inspired me. A little bit of hacking has come up with an interesting twist: take a del.icio.us social network, a CGI script called deliciousnetwork2opml.cgi, and 15 minutes hacking on SpicyLinks to support inclusion of OPML via a remote URI, and hey presto — it’s now a social-network summarising aggregator. ;)

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  1. Posted September 6, 2006 at 18:35 | Permalink

    Nice nice nice but is this not the same as the RSS feed that delicious gives you for your network?

  2. Posted September 6, 2006 at 18:50 | Permalink

    Nah — while that displays every item, this outputs RSS for multiple levels; so you can choose to only see URLs that are linked to by 2 or more people, 4 or more, etc….

  3. Posted September 6, 2006 at 21:27 | Permalink

    Ooooh. I think I get it now. That’s quite clever. A noise filter in a way?

  4. Posted September 6, 2006 at 21:42 | Permalink

    yep, that’s it — it filters out the once-off links, leaving just the stuff that multiple people thought were interesting…

  5. Posted September 7, 2006 at 02:27 | Permalink

    sweet.. cool idea.

  6. Posted September 7, 2006 at 11:19 | Permalink

    Extremely cool Justin. I must find out if I can run perl scripts on my TypePad pro account……. I really need to run this ….