Nivi suggested using the top sources of your del.icio.us links, in order to clean up your feedreader and throw out feeds you don’t find worthwile to bookmark links from anyway. It created some discussion on whether this was feasible/ethical/practical to build this as a service only requiring the (public) username (meaning you could probe any other del.icio.us user’s “attention stream”)
Reiterating my arguments:
- a person’s public rss feed is limited to 30 items: http://del.icio.us/rss/pascalvanhecke
- theoretically, you can screenscrape the html: http://del.icio.us/pascalvanhecke , but that would be against del.icio.us fair use (see the robots.txt file and Joshua Schachter’s mails about screen-scraping) and can be stopped by del.icio.us (see the discussion on populicio.us, another service built on del.icio.us)
From the del.icio.us point of view, that’s understandable
- every user can retrieve his or her own data in the best Web2.0 tradition and recent entries are published as an rss feed (for notification and reuse purposes)…
- but if it were allowed to query other user’s full data, the database would be leeched by the competition, and del.icio.us would loose its current lock-in (that lies in the accumulated data and the network-effect coming from the present userbase)
So the way to go was to use the api but that requires both username/pswd login for the http://del.icio.us/api/posts/all request… So if you trust me that I don’t store your password*, and take the risk of sending a (non-encrypted) password (hopefully not the same as your really important pswds!) over http… then this form might be for you:
This extra feature is on my to-do list:
- the del.icio.us export format is plain xml (<posts><post href = … ></posts>), which makes it more compact than RSS, Atom or RDF, but less readily reusable…
- an optional conversion to RSS or Atom would be handy tool for people seeking to import their linklist in other apps
Oh, BTW, it took me more than 30 seconds, but hey, I’m not a Ruby on Rails programmer…
* I do cache the fetched linklists for 2 hours however – but again, I promise I don’t have any plans with them!
I made the export tab-separated, so you could copy-paste in MS Excel… Results aren’t spread over cells as they should be however… is there a way to do this without having to save and going via the import txt data wizard?