This is moving a hundred miles an hour…the other day I was talking about making Link Lists from my del.icio.us account into OPML, I was lamenting that each del.icio.us tag didn’t have an OPML URL.
Why I want to do this is to be able to pass around selections of my del.icio.us archive, or have an outline view, and even showcase them on the sidebar of my blog.
Now I can make Link Lists from del.icio.us…at the moment you can only make a list for a user name, but soon you will be able to choose a user level tag, tag bundles, and tag combinations.
Step 1. Enter your username and password
Step 2. This will take a while to convert if you have a large del.icio.us account
Step 3. You will get a blank screen, but View>Source and paste the code into OPML Workstation, and save it…now your OPML has a URL.
What I did was just took a sample, I highlighted a bunch of bookmarks and pasted that into OPML Workstation, but also remembering to include the:
</opml> tags at the end.
With RSS you can re-syndicate the latest bookmarks, del.icio.us has the linkroll tool built in…but now you can showcase your whole archive with the power of OPML.
Here is my raw OPML.
Here is the outline.
Here it is in Optimal (OPML Browser/RSS Reader)
Here it is in Bitty (OPML Browser/RSS Reader for your blog sidebar)
I wonder if Adam Green could hack this further to annotate each bookmark with the tags assigned.
Where’s the dynamics?
Now this is fine but the problem will never be totally resolved fully till del.icio.us have inbuilt OPML URL’s…why?
If I bookmark a new document in my del.icio.us it won’t appear in the OPML I just made above because I made that OPML at OPML Workstation…the new bookmark will only appear if I add it as an item to my OPML Workstation outline…so you see this is doubling up.
The ultimate is to grab some inbuilt OPML user level tags from del.icio.us (one day hopefully), and add these OPML URL’s as items in an outline I create at OPML Workstation…this way I’m using the OPML at OPML Workstation as the root OPML, which I can include other OPML’s as items…kind of like a directory made up of heaps of OPML URL’s.