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Fast Track to My Sidebar

Fred posted yesterday about the brilliance of the MySpace "add" feature on their music player, and how most widgets lack the immediacy of this feature.

Most of them provide a landing page, then they have a conversion issue.  Eventually you wind up with some embed code and then its all about hacking your template.   There's no universal "add this to my sidebar/blog" etc.

Or is there?

XML-RPC is what allows services like Flickr to autopost my Moblogged photos directly to my Typepad blog.  All I needed to do was to tell them where to post it, give them my password, and poof, automatic.

Can the same thing be used for my sidebar?

How hard would it be for some social widget to have a "Get this" link that pops up a window, lets you configure, and then all you have to do is give them your blog password and poof, its there up at the top of your sidebar.

Is this possible through XML-RPC?

Reader Comments (4)

To my knowledge XML-RPC will not allow you to post to a sidebar. The only thing that I have seen that makes it easy is Typepad.

XML-RPC is great but not all blog platforms support it. In fact, out of the big 3 (Wordpress, Six Apart and Blogger) only Wordpress does. Six apart uses something similiar but slightly different. Blogger used to use something similiar, but switched to gData which is completely different.
September 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDan
Wordpress can use xml-rpc for postings, but the sidebar is part of your theme and is basically fixed - it's probably possible to write a plugin that allows 'add to sidebar' functionality as xml-rpc, and allows you to arrange your sidebars widgets.
September 1, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlee
Charlie, long time no chat! There are standards that enable the more effective posting of widgets. Specifically, I would check out the MetaWeblog API. If you are interested in discussing, shoot me an email. We have a pretty cool set of tools that simplify this process.
September 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHooman Radfar
Hi Charlie,

Don't know what tech these guys are using, but there's a UK-based start-up called Snipperoo that I think is aiming to do what you're looking for. More here:


September 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterColin Donald

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