I just saved yet another link in my Delicious account, and suddenly thought — “man, it would really suck if Delicious one day disappeared and I lost all of this”.
According to my stats, I have 1,164 bookmarks, mostly with descriptions and manually crafted (to some extent) titles, 1,813 different tags in use, with some being used 187 times. That’s a lot of rich, valuable data that I’ve collectively invested a lot of time in. I want control over it. I want insurance.
The basic idea here is that WordPress has a built in system for storing bookmarks (Links), so why not use it? I like Delicious, and I like the plugins and whatnot that pull its content into my browser, but not necessarily enough to give them all my data and not retain any control over it. So how about this:
- Add a new taxonomy, let’s call it link_tags,
- Add an entry box to the Add New Link page, allowing you to enter tags when you create a new Link (don’t forget to use some sexy AJAX suggestions for previously used tags to help control your vocabulary)
- Select a specific Category for all your links, let’s say “Bookmarks”
- Build a simple page that looks something like this screenshot of the Delicious one, and include a bookmarklet so that you can open it in a new window and post to your new link-system just as easily as using Delicious.
- When you use that UI, have it automatically select your Bookmarks category (behind the scenes) and also cross-post into your Delicious account, which you’ve pre-authorized somewhere else.
Voilà, you now have all your links stored in your WordPress installation, so you control the data, and you also have them stored in Delicious, so you can make use of the cool things like the Firefox plugin, which pulls those links directly into your browser.
For bonus points, it would be absolutely awesome to also include an Importer (Tools > Import > Delicious Links) that would suck all your existing Delicious links into this new system, so that you weren’t starting from scratch.
Any taker? 🙂