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Jan. 3rd, 2008 @ 09:42 am tumblr us
A while back I asked if anyone knew a good streamlined way to assemble links for blog posting. I've found a nearly perfect solution for this specific ambition, and it is tumblr. Here's my tumblog. Did I just say tumblog? Yikes.

There's a firefox bookmarklet you can put in your toolbar. Click "share" and up pops a little window, where you can add a description or not, and send it off. La de da, it's all done. That is the ultra-low-effort process I've been craving - the potential energy barrier is enough lower that I may actually use it. They don't have comments at tumblr: their blog makes some ambitious claims about what they have in store ("We’re cooking something up. It’s taking some time, but we think it has the potential to be something hugely significant to the web") but for this specific purpose I might be happier without them.
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From:polarbear
Date:January 3rd, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Didn't we pretty much have the same feature available at del.icio.us already, only with more functionality?
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From:extempore
Date:January 3rd, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I may be dense but I found delicious to require more steps without achieving my desired goal, and also inflict organizational effort on me of the sort I was trying to avoid in the first place. With tumblr I get click, type/edit, click, and an entry is added to a page which others can get via RSS. If delicious can work like that, it was not clear to me how.
From:tiltmom
Date:January 3rd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)

You can have that with delicious

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I have a button in my Safari bookmarks toolbar. When I'm on a page I want to post to del., I simply click that button and it brings up the page that allows me to add notes, or not.

I got them here:

http://del.icio.us/help/buttons
From:trafnar
Date:January 4th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)

I'm working on something like this

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I'm a big fan of your blog so I was excited to see this post which describes a desire that I also have. I'm working on a super super simple web app to let you store links. I really like tumblog, but my idea is even more specific.

My vision is something so simple that you literally just click a bookmarklet, and the link is saved. You don't get an option to write notes, no popup and no redirect. When I decided to make this it was 100% for my personal desire to have it. I didn't think many other people would care to use it (its too simple, delicious already does it etc..). I'm beginning to think I was wrong.

This started as an idea to save things that I want to come back to, but with open formats (RSS) could easily be used by people for sharing etc.

There are some more details that I won't get into. I have a working prototype but it isn't online yet. Would you like me to share this with you when I get it up and running? I'd really appreciate having you test it out when I get to that point.
From:shezzavague
Date:January 4th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm working on something like this

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This would be very useful in a work context, when you may want to share a large amount of web-based reserach with two or three colleagues: it's surprisingly clunky to do that at the moment.
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From:extempore
Date:January 6th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm working on something like this

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And that's a good example of where you'd want tags so you could differentiate collections.
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From:extempore
Date:January 6th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm working on something like this

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I'm happy to try it out when you have something to look at. It sounds like delicious could be nudged into doing what you're describing, though again I'm no expert on what's possible at delicious. Personally I need the commenting feature, though not necessarily at the time of saving the bookmark. I'd rather do it later en masse. If not comments then perhaps a predefined set of tags, which could largely be auto-inferred by looking at the web page.

By the way, I have one-key bookmark saving already, just not in a public way. I use the openbook firefox extension and configure it to automatically save a bookmark to a folder called "classify" - so if I want to come back to a page I just hit cmd-D and it's in the memory bank. Then I clear that out every few days. I supplement that usage with add bookmark here when I know I want to keep a bookmark somewhere specific.
From:trafnar
Date:January 7th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)

Re: I'm working on something like this

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Cool. I'll make a post here when I get it online if anyone wants to mess with it.

My thought was that if I were to include comments, it would be as you described.

The one-key bookmark thing sounds cool.
From:undecemumbrae
Date:January 13th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)

A Chemist and his Daughter

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Terribly off topic, but on the aspect of tumbling..

I can't help but expect a conversation between you and your daughter to go a little something like this:

http://www.scq.ubc.ca/a-dialogue-with-sarah-aged-3-in-which-it-is-shown-that-if-your-dad-is-a-chemistry-professor-asking-%e2%80%9cwhy%e2%80%9d-can-be-dangerous-2/
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From:extempore
Date:January 15th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)

Re: A Chemist and his Daughter

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It's exactly like that - it's a lot of fun. She definitely enjoys those conversations... I will be interested to find out whether kids stop enjoying that sort of thing because school turns learning into an object of dread (as I currently suspect) or for some other reason.