As the tawdry saying goes… “I Like to watch”

It’s not what your dirty minds think… I was one of more than 100 people watching LiveMarks, a near real time window of the input to the social bookmarking pile called del.icio.us:

LiveMarks is a project to show del.icio.us bookmarks live.

On the left of LiveMarks you can see most recently popular bookmarks. On the right, del.icio.us bookmarks scroll by as people bookmark links on del.icio.us.

Livemarks

It’s a bizarre yet fascinating way to watch a social network multiply before your eyes. Vogue Trend Report…. Tips for aplpying for a job on craigslistOahu Vacation Rental – House – Sleeps: 2Alliance pour refonder la gouvernance en AfriqueWhy I Hate the Apache ServerHome Depot Credit (and why so often this link? who would bookmark a login page?) …. Walk – Don’t Walk Chair | Uncrate… It literally is hypnotizing to see what comes up, what repeats, what you have not ever heard of. It all unfolds before your eyes.

My experiment however, was disappointing. I used by del.icio.us bookmark tool to add the LiveMarks site… and waited literally minutes and never saw my bookmark drop down the screen.

Livemarks-Marked

Is the delay that great? I gotta read more about it.

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Comments

  1. I have to agree with you that this live view can be incredibly fun to just watch. I saw it the first time I walked into the Google office. They have a projector that shows the live queries being entered into Google. It is very cool.

    Hmm… perhaps we will try something similar for our social bookmarking site http://www.blinklist.com. I think it is still too early but I do like some of these ideas. If you get the chance to check out our site, I would love to hear from you. Mike

  2. Yes there is a delay + caching involved, on our end and on del.icio.us end. Del.icio.us sometimes caches the list they send via rss, and the cache can cut off some bookmarks so we potentially miss some.

    We’re requesting that people who use the site a bunch and have a webserver host a del.icio.us mirror so that we can get really fresh links and not miss a single bookmark.

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