Saturday, September 20, 2008

More information needed in hyperlinks

It would be useful if you could add information to hyperlinks, beyond that of the target URL.

You might want to link to a given URL for a number of reasons, it seems to me that there should be a way to express at least part of your intention when linking.

For example, you might
  • agree
  • disagree
  • have an update
  • think it's funny
  • want to tag an entry
  • add a comment
Right now a hyperlink is just an address, stripped of intent. We need to add intent information as well.  If an article has 100 trackbacks, it would be nice to be able to examine those who agree or disagree, etc... in categories. The relevate attributes can be added, we just need to discuss and agree on some standard terms and tags.

What do you think?

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