Since Boris Mann just shot my last microformat greasemonkey idea to hell, here's another greasemonkey idea: (Skip to the bottom if you don't want to read the background)
Recently, my blog has been quoted a few times in a local weekly. (So, I take this back.) The first time they quoted the source as worcester.typepad.com/pc4media without a link to the permalink. And, the second time they quoted the source as pc4media.com. (Which has been purchased by some a-hole. Yes, I think I deserve that domain). Since I know who is doing the quoting, I was thinking about how I could make her life easier. And how I could help her put a proper citation to the permalink, without printing long-arse permalinks 100,000 times? (Plus, I don't think it is likely these people will get the idea of the permalink any time soon)
Obviously, I thought of tinyurl-s as the perfect solution. Then, I realized I am going to have to go in there and teach her how to use tinyurl. Not that it is extremely hard. But, most people aren't as savvy as you are, Mr. reader.
I am going in to show her how to use an aggregator. And I was thinking of showing her how to use del.icio.us or spurl too, or atleast how to subscribe to other local people's del.icio.us links in her aggregator. This way, people can bookmark stories that are good fodder for her to quote. She quotes local blogs and forums every week.
So, here is the greasemonkey idea: Create a greasemonkey script that inserts a "Create Tinyurl" link right below the del.icio.us link.
This way, I can just show her how to subscribe to links and then she can create a tinyurl right through del.icio.us or even in her web based aggregator.
So, who's gonna build this? Or who's gonna shoot this one down?
Sidenote: I do give major props to Worcester Magazine for noticing that there is a vibrant community of local bloggers and local forums where people are having real conversations that are pertinent to the city's culture, business and politics. Thank you to them for giving these voices a lot more exposure.
Anyone know of any other local print media that is doing this?
I wonder if other local media will be as (or more) innovative as these guys? Print media is a competitive business. I've been introducing some of the more innovative blog media companies' business models to some of the publishers at these companies. And they are getting it. So, I wonder who the first local print company to hire 'bloggers to blog' and sell online impression based advertising around it - will be? It is certainly a more cost effective publishing model than print. And it can be just as lucrative, since these companies have access to local advertisers.