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ping yourself!

Unbelievable. How a solution can be staring you right in the face and still not see it.

Call it a blinding flash of the obvious.

One of the problems I tend to think about when writing follow-ups to things I've already discussed is that, while you can point back to a previous entry, you don't really want to go back and start modifying the original entry to point back to the follow up, allowing me to follow the evolution of an idea for example. Now, I think there are plugins for MT that let you specify "related" entries, but I've never gotten around to investigating them (I tend to prefer the minimal amount of plugins and extensions necessary, both on software I use and software I write).

Now, as I was posting my previous entry on RSS discovery, I just realized that I could simply ping the entry through trackback and so provide a pointer to the follow up. Simple. Effective. To the point.

I can come up with all sorts of reasons why I've never seen this before (like "Oh, well, you've always thought of trackback as a useful tool to connect different weblogs"), but the reality is that this is so incredibly obvious that... I can't understand at all why I didn't see it before. :-)


Isn't trackback great?

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on September 14 2003 at 6:50 PM

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