Top sources of del.icio.us links is a place to see the top sources according to all of your del.icio.us links.
This way you can see the sources that matter the most to you, although as said in a comment to the Nivi post:
“The problem is that Del.icio.us captures what you’re linking to, but not how you found it”
The other issue is that even though you bookmark a lot from one blog (as you very much like that blog), if they don’t post frequently then they won’t rank well.
Anyway the idea is to capture the sources of your “attention stream” so you can cut down to only the feeds that matter to you, relieving a bit of RSS stress.
As the post says:
“Companies like searchfox want to watch your attention stream and use machine intelligence to help you find high quality information.
This idea here applies your own intelligence to help you find high quality information no matter what news reader you use.”
Here is my top 30:
So I guess whether a blog from your RSS reader makes it high on this list depends on whether the site is a pointer to stuff, or has interesting stuff of it’s own.
You could really love a blog, as it points to great stuff, but you don’t really bookmark pages from it because the posts don’t add value of their own, the value is in pointing you to great timely stuff…that’s why I wasn’t surprised to see Micro Persuation isn’t in this list even though it is one of my essential blogs that I read daily.
Also as you can see from my list, besides the top 3 or so, I don’t bookmark many pages from blogs that I heavily read…I wonder why, is it that the blogs I read always point to other stuff. So from my 1000 or so bookmarks in del.icio.us the source count of the total links is very high, meaning I bookmark stuff from mostly different sources, I don’t bookmark a lot of stuff from the same website/s.
As mentioned before, more importantly how do we capture how we found most of these resources…well we probably know that, as these feeds are on the top of our RSS readers, we know the feeds we like…but maybe a lot of the stuff you bookmark is also being pointed to you from various feeds in your RSS reader.
I wonder if there is a way to determine which feeds pointed you to those pages you bookmark in del.icio.us, this is hard as you are not neccessarily bookmarking a page from the feed, but a page the feed is linking to (telling you about)…maybe this would be easier to work out if your RSS reader and bookmark manager were in the same system, like Rojo.
Then again does it matter as personalised RSS Readers like searchfox, Chameleon for Bloglines (this ranks feeds not items), Findory, etc…examine your reading behaviour and bring what’s important to you personally to the top of your river of news. This way you don’t have to care about which sources bring you personally relevant stuff, as you have a little agent working for you, so your reading is ranked by personal relevancy at the item level.
But this is ranking your reading behaviour…how do you work out the ranking of sources (feeds in your RSS reader) according to the frequency of bookmarking pages they point you to?
All these 3 ways of analysing your reading, and bookmarking behaviour are all useful to help reduce the overload or increase relevancy (both recall and precision)…ie. they are not eliminating any content, they only float, what they think is relevant to you, to the top.