This got me thinking and googling–and led me to Tagth.is, a month-old service enabling anyone with a Twitter account to automatically tag web links to their Delicious or Magnolia social bookmarking accounts.
It’s a clever concept, which to my knowledge does not exist anywhere else. While TwitterFeed allows me to send new blog posts to Delicious, that has nothing to do with links that my Twitter friends use in their messages.
If you want to convert your friends’ Twitter message links into tags:
- Follow @tagthis.
- Create an account at http://tagth.is. You’ll be asked to confirm your email address and verify your Twitter and Delicious/Ma.gnolia accounts.
- Start tagging.
Tagging links involve the @ and # characters:
- Send a public tweet as a reply to @tagthis, e.g. @tagthis http://ariwriter.com #blog (which will bookmark that link according to its title, and use blog as a tag. All tags must be preceded by the # character.)
- Send a tweet as normal to a friend or to no one in particular but use #tagthis, e.g. I recently visited http://ariwriter.com #blog #tagthis (which will bookmark the link, determine the title, and use both blog and tagthis as tags, disregarding the other words)
- Send a direct message to tagthis, e.g. d tagthis http://ariwriter.com #blog (which may be the easiest as it avoids congesting the public Twitter stream)
Tagth.is is aimed at the mobile user, so you can copy the tweeted link and retweet or direct message it, as applicable, to be bookmarked for appropriate follow-up or future repository. Michiel suggests the Twitstat Mobile client is used, which has a built-in Tagth.is function.
I’ve tested it on both my BlackBerry and with TweetDeck, and I like it. Try the direct message option, or tweeting as usual and using the #tagthis and other # tags as you see fit. I’m sure you’ll like it, too.