Martin Feeney wrote an interlinks utility for Planet of the Blogs nearly two months ago, but I only got around to integrating it into the site today (www.planetoftheblogs.com/interlinks). I’ll be adding a graphical visualisation of this data shortly. For now, this picture may whet your appetite – it’s a graph of all the interlinked blogs as indexed by Planet of the Blogs.
Also today, irishblogs.ie announced some cool new features, including (quote):
1. Side-panel: We have made available the latest posts to be dropped into your blog template. For html code see: http://www.irishblogs.ie/panel.php. You can set the number of posts (max 10) and style of text. Links go directly to author’s blog.
2. As the number of blogs has grown – it is now well over 1,000 – it is getting a bit more cluttered. You can add your blog to your “favourite blogs” and then view a page with just those favourites. It also comes with an RSS feed for your favourites, so you don’t have to wade through all those other ones.
3. You add a post to “My posts” for future reference.
4. Alerts – you can be sent a daily email when a blog contains certain keywords.
5. Phrase search – you can now search for a phrase – just put quotes around phrase.
6. Similar posts – attempts to generate posts with similar subject matter. Doesn’t work well on posts of just one or two lines, but otherwise works well on non-personal type posts.
7. Claim your blog – this will allow you to edit or delete posts, of which you are the author. It involves inserting a piece of hidden (unless your blogger/blogspot who require “a href”) code in a single post. We pick that up the next time our aggregator scoots over to it and voilà, your authorised. I had an idea that the “claim your blog feature” could be used for a voting mechanism for a Bloggers’ Irish Blogger Award – where only bloggers can vote. It’s there anyway, if
Damien or anybody else wants to use it for voting purposes, let me know.