Mikkel Høgh

Coding the web since 1999

20 Dec 2010

del.icio.us – can the Drupal community do better?

As you may know, Yahoo! is in trouble, and has decided to jettison the social bookmarking service del.icio.us (Delicious).

I am not a big delicious user anymore (actually, I deleted my account when Microsoft was trying to purchase Yahoo!), but this recent closing made me wonder if the Drupal community couldn’t do better…

One of the great strengths of Drupal is self-hosting, and a bookmarking service is not a complicated thing.

Thus, I am planning to put in a bit of effort into having my own bookmarks section here on this very site. A bookmark content type should not take long to configure with the Links module, Automatic Nodetitles to make sure the nodes have the same title as the link itself, and a bit of Views work should make it presentable.


The main issue here is workflow. Nowadays, I use Google Reader’s sharing interface for “bookmarking” links, since it has a nice interface for tagging, putting notes on there, etc.

So what’s really missing in my workflow is some way of getting that data into Drupal, and since Google provides a very tasty atom feed with lots of metadata for all my shared entries, it should be doable with a bit of add-on code for the Feeds module.

What to do?

The main thing I would like to know here is if other Drupallers would be interestered in such a thing, and if anyone has input as to how it best could be built? I suppose a Features module could be in order, but I have not seen a whole lot of those published on Drupal.org. Is it wise?

And where to put my Google Reader for Feeds module integration? I suppose I could make a separate project for that on d.o, but that seems a bit overkill-like. Any takers?