Thanks to Adam Green (an OPML advocate), Library clips is being re-syndicated at Top 10 Sources.
Adam’s group of 10 blogs are under the topic of OPML…here is the spliced feed, here is the OPML Reading List, and here is the OPML Link List.
How does the OPML Link List show the latest posts, similar to the way the OPML Reading List does?
Actually, the items in the OPML Reading List are just the feed URL’s, you only see the posts by using it in an OPML Reader…whereas the OPML Link List has the latest posts within the raw OPML.
Actually, the latest posts are seen in the OPML Link List as they are cached, this is a bit techie for my understanding…see an earlier post for some background to these thoughts.
Since most OPML Browsers can now also read and play feed content, do we still need the OPML Link List?
…especially that you can also subscribe to an OPML Reading List in your RSS Reader.
To get an OPML archive of the current and past posts of a blog, the blog itself would need an OPML…how does Top 10 Sources do it, and why isn’t it an archive?
OPML Link Lists vs. RSS
If you could make an OPML from a del.icio.us tag (where the bookmarks in the tag are just normal HTML links), this OPML would show a whole archive of all your bookmarks within that tag. You could use Grazr or Bitty Browser to host this archive on your blog sidebar, and when ever you add a bookmark to your del.icio.us tag it will automagically appear in your sidebar collection…a portable del.icio.us that is always up-to-date.
You might want to do this for your whole del.icio.us collection, so you’d have a mini version of your del.icio.us account in neat folders right there in your blog.
Now with RSS you can re-syndicate the contents of a del.icio.us tag to your blog sidebar, this will show the latest items from that feed, but it won’t archive them all, it just shows the latest, when newer items appear the older ones drop off.
If you have a whole heap of del.icio.us tags, you could take the feed from each one and make a Reading List, and put this on the sidebar of your blog, but still older items are replaced by newer items.
So an OPML Link List will be an archive for the del.icio.us tag, whereas the RSS feed of the del.icio.us tag won’t be, unless it set no limits like FeedCatch.
The OPML of a del.icio.us tag will allow you to exchange and dump data into other applications (it’s a container format).
My question is can the RSS of a del.icio.us tag do a similar thing…sure I can re-syndicate items, but I don’t get an archive…is RSS a container for all the content, I see OPML as a container to hold all the content?
To know more about this portal, see my post, Top 10 Sources: Newsmasters paradise