TailRank launched a bunch of new features today focused on improving the meme tracker’s ability to recommend new sources and hot posts. Users can now have their favorite weblogs automatically recognized without the need for relatively confusing terms such as OPML, RSS, or blogrolls. Favorite sites are imported using a user’s browser history. I think this technology will be common across many sites in the next 6 months, and here’s how you do it.
The user clicks on an “Auto Configure” button that initiates the magic. Clicking the button loads a list of links that are potentially sites visited by the user. In TailRank’s case the top X blogs are loaded into an iFrame hidden from view using CSS
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visited. Pass each visited link back to the server and you now have a list of URLs stored in a user’s browser history.
It’s quick and easy for the user with a low barrier to entry.