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Meta Linker

Some say that the future of the web lies in reciprocal linking and the giant, organic, self-organizing system of information that is the semantic web. Meta Linker (http://www.thinkblank.com/metalinker/) is a blog goodie developed by the web pixies at ThinkBlank that works toward a smarter web. It’s a secret blend of technology that helps keep track of debates and discussions within the blog community. Well, maybe it’s not so secret, but the idea is that you might be blogging about a weird web site or a new gadget that others have also taken note of, and with Meta Linker, your readers are only a few clicks away from more information and discussion about your links.

The thinkers at ThinkBlank have come up with some JavaScript you can add to your blog. Once you’ve added it, Meta Linker uses Blogdex to “help bridge the gap between bloggers.” In other words, every time you put a link in your blog, MetaLinker uses JavaScript to add another link right next to it (see Figure 18.2). The extra link will take your readers to a page that lists other bloggers who have mentioned the same link. In this manner, people get a few different commentaries on the same link.


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