Magic Links

Here's a really cool idea (via Boing Boing - see their story) - Creating a web site, identical to an existing one, except that certain words have been changed to links. A very powerful idea. Read the article and see the site.

In BlogBridge we already have automatic highlights of keywords. That is, you can specify a set of words or phrases you care about, and BlogBridge will highlight them whenever they occur in a Blog posting.

What if:
in addition to preprocessing words for highlighting we also preprocessed them for magic links. In other words, automatically certain words in a blog posting would be turned into links. Wow!

There are variations here:

  • We could allow you to specify a URL with your keywords and then instead of simply highlighting, magically convert the keyword into a link.
  • We could have a large glossary of words of interest on our BlogBridge server and map them to links.
  • We could (following the example that inspired this) look up words which occur frequently in WikiPedia and supply links to that.
  • We could look them up in Google (using the Google API) and supply links to that!

It boggles the mind. Food for thought.
Posted on October 5, 2004 and filed under BlogBridge.