CivicActions Bookmarks on Delicious

Last year I wrote about how an organization could aggregate shared bookmarks from multiple people and present them on their website.  In the recent redeisgn of we implemented this functionality.  You can see the shared bookmarks feed in the center column at the bottom of the home page, or you can look at a more complete list.

What follows is a few screen shots that point out exactly what you need to do on Delicious to make this happen.  You will want to review the above referenced blog post for a step by step.  These screen shots correspond to steps 5 through 10.

Step 5: Click on the Subscriptions Link
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Step 6: Click on “Add a subscription” link under the search box on the right hand side. 

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Step 7: Enter the Tag you have decided on using

Step 8: Click The Check box for “From Specific User” and enter the user name of that user.
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Step 10: Subscription Bundles: Alluded to in the earlier post you can group subscriptions into subscription bundles which is VERY useful if you want to have multiple feeds of bookmarks aggregated from the same, different or overlapping sets of users.  Click on the “Subscription Options” collapsed menu, and then the “Subscription Bundles”

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Click on the “Create” Button to create a new bundle.  Add_Edit Subscription Bundles on Delicious

You will need to then give it a name, probably use a semantic name,
either the tag that the bundle is based on, or something more
meaningful that related to how you are going to use the feed from that
tag bundle.  After you have named the Bundle you can select from your various subscriptions and add them to the bundle.  What you can see in the screen shot below is that the twitter account is subscribed to the tag “#cahomeshare” for a number of different delicious users who are members of the CivicActions team. I can then select which of these subscriptions to include in a subscription bundle.  The reason to do this is to prevent tag polution from showing up on your website.  Instead of listening to ALL delicious users for bookmarks with a particular tag, your subscriptions limit the bookmarks to only those created by specific delicious users with the selected tag.  This gives you a high level of control of what could show up in your feed.



Finally, and this was listed as Step 9 in the original post, you grab the RSS feed for this subscription bundle and can use that in a reader, or in your website (if you are using drupal you can use the Aggregator module). There are also many services that let you create widgets from RSS feeds.  At the bottom of almost every page on delicious, and also in your browser address bar, you will see a link to an RSS feed.

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