You could say you can do this at del.icio.us, just click on a tag and see a list of webpages…instead in Listible you can view a list of webpages, and also describe this list with tags.
So, if you browse a tag, what you will see are lists assigned with that tag, whereas in del.icio.us you will see individual websites assigned with that tag.
Now if the del.icio.us tag bundle had a URL (like Raw Sugar) you could kind of do a similar thing, but you still couldn’t describe the list with a tag, well the list name would be the tag.
I’ve really being waiting a while for something like Listible, as now you can make a list of websites, and keep adding to your list, the feed will keep people updated. Create as many lists as you like, with any title you like, and describe your lists with tags…and discover and share your lists within this folksonomy.
So, an item in del.icio.us is one bookmark, whereas an item in Listible is a list of bookmarks, with it’s own permalink.
The about page explains how a list of links is more a destination for your research, whereas tags just describe resources, a list will have more context, whereas tags may be more blurred. Listible combines lists, tags, and ratings as relevancy measures in finding your destination (Squidoo is another service that is more about context, and a destination on a topic, also described by tags, and voting relevancy).
The most similar service to this is H20 Playlist, here you can make a list of links, and even arrange them in section headings…each list has an RSS feed, OPML, and an IPL (what ever that means)…here’s an example…here’s the About page.
They are similar as you can create lists in a folksonomy environment, and as a user you can rate and leave comments on other lists, but the added feature with Listible is that you can add a link to someone’s list, I gather the owner of the list can decide to reject it if they don’t agree.
As usual with a folksonomy, you have a user space, and can tag your items, in this case the items are not bookmarks, but a list of bookmarks.
- a list of the Playlists you have created, plus a profile
- email a list, print version, comments, ratings, license, a link to the user, tags
(only thing I noticed is that when you click a tag from a Playlist, the results include all Playlists, not just from that one user…this also happens at Listible)
- each list has an RSS feed, OPML and IPL)
- see other Playlists by the same user
- see Playlists derived from the Playlist you are viewing
(as you can make a Playlist based on an existing Playlist)
- see Playlists with the same items
- see Playlists with the same tags
All these 4 points above have an RSS feed, OPML, and IPL.
- Most influential playlists
- Most viewed playlists
- Featured playlists
- Recent playlists
All these 4 points above have an RSS feed, OPML, and IPL.
You can’t search just your Playlist, but you can search all Playlists (no full-text)…again this generates an RSS feed, OPML, and IPL.
What I like about H2O Playlist over Listible! is that each Playlist has sections, so I can make a list called “RSS” and have a list of links organised in sections like “RSS Readers”, RSS Re-mixing”, “RSS Re-syndicating”, etc…
Also when you create a Playlist there are several fields available for each item, such as, Title, Author, URL, Note, and Description.
The other great feature is that at last an OPML URL for a list
(one thing I noticed is that when you import the URL into an OPML Browser or Editor, the links are no longer organised in section headings/folders)
You could even make a Reading List, where all your items in the Playlist are feeds, people can subscribe to this OPML URL.
Also you can just include text in your item without having to include a link, whereas at Listible you have to include a link.
The unique feature Listible has is that others can add links to your list, the lists are more open…I wish they had a private option…the other thing is I can’t seem to delete a link or a list that I have created.
List of links (OPML)
How cool, an OPML for a list of links, this is what I’ve been after, now I can make a list and host it in the sidebar of my blog via Bitty Browser. This list can be the RSS feed of my Playlist, or better still the OPML URL, so you can see a whole archive of every entry in the Playlist
…every time I had new stuff to a Playlist it will reflect in the Bitty Browser.
NOTE: I mean I can already make an OPML for a list of links with an OPML editor, you can view this at the outline URL, or enter the OPML URL in an OPML Browser.
The difference here is that my outline is the actual Playlist, here people can discover it in the folksonomy, whereas my outline made with an OPML editor, is just a stand alone web page. In saying this an OPML editor has the benefit of adding any type of item, making as many levels as you want, importing items from other OPML’s, OPML inclusion, browse OPML URL’s, and has a tree view.
NOTE: The only thing an outline at an OPML editor lacks is a bookmarklet…Listible and H2o Playlist also lack bookmarklets. I’d really like to add to my Playlist as I go along using a bookmarklet (this is like adding an item to an outline with a bookmarklet).
Back to it…
Maybe I can make a root OPML at OPML Workstation, and include the OPML URL’s of several lists (OPML inclusion is when the items in your OPML are OPML URL’s themselves)…then I can load this root OPML into Bitty Browser, so I have a menu, then you can choose which list you want to view…might as well include my Reading List (blogroll) in this root OPML, or keep it separate in another Bitty Browser.
So it seems that H2O Playlist is like a kind of OPML Outliner by default, you can make a Playlist/Outline/OPML URL based on just or a combination of, text, links, feeds…not sure if it accepts OPML inclusions.
I suppose you can use Writely as a list, each document has a feed, so you could re-syndicate that to your blog sidebar, but it doesn’t have an OPML…I wonder if Writely has an outline feature like MSWord, then maybe this could be converted to OPML, just like OPML Workstation can convert PowerPoint to OPML.
Then there is the Squidoo folksonomy (as mentioned before), this is more than just a list of links, this is a topic home page, you can divide your Lens into sections and include whatever you want in these sections, links, text, images, etc…
The whole Lens has an RSS feed, pity there isn’t one for each section…alternatively you could make a Lens with just one section, which would be your list of links…but it does lack an OPML URL.
This tool does much more than just focus on a list of links, but you can use it this way…if you are looking for just a list of links stick to Listible or H2O Playlist.