Working with Web Services

Update Times

MT Blogroll is able to get the times links on your blogroll were last updated. This can either be retrieved from Pingomatic or Technorati.

Create the Blogroll It! Bookmarklet

The gathering of update times is configured from this screen. It can be configured on both the system level (i.e. applying to all blogrolls) or on the blogroll level (such that only the blogroll is updated). To enable the gathering of update times:

  1. Check the box to Enable the gathering of update times
  2. Choose a service to get the update times from. Currently MT Blogroll is capable of gathering the update times from Pingomatic or Technorati. We recommend you use PingoMatic as the service seems to return update times for a greater number of blogs and responds faster than Technorati. If you choose Technorati as the service, you will enter an API Key which can be obtained from the Technorati Developers website. Note: If you use Technorati, you can make a maximum of 500 requests per day.
  3. Chose a duration. The value of this field will be used to evaluate the MTBlogrollLinkIfUpdated tag - the tag compares the time of rebuild to the link's last update time and if the difference is within the duration selected, the tag is evaluated as true.

By default, MT Blogroll registers a task with Movable Type to run a maximum of once an hour. This task can be triggered by the Activity Feeds feature in Movable Type.

Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us Integration

MT Blogroll is capable of integrating with del.icio.us and can be configured from this screen. Del.icio.us integration can be configured on a blogroll level:

  1. Enable the integration by checking the box which will reveal the rest of the options that can be configured.
  2. Enter your del.icio.us username and password
  3. Finally, choose an author from the Synch As drop down menu. This author will gain ownership of any links imported from del.icio.us

Hit Save and del.icio.us integration will be enabled hence from now on those links you add to MT Blogroll will get added to del.icio.us. To enable two-way integration, MT Blogroll registers a task to synch with del.icio.us (and thus download links added to del.icio.us). This task runs a maximum of once per day and can be triggered using the Activity Feeds feature in Movable Type.

Digg

Del.icio.us Integration

MT Blogroll is capable of integrating with digg.com and can be configured from this screen. Digg integration can be configured on a blogroll level:

  1. Enable the integration by checking the box which will reveal the rest of the options that can be configured.
  2. Enter your Digg username
  3. Choose an author from the Synch As drop down menu. This author will gain ownership of any links imported from digg
  4. When MT Blogroll downloads links from Digg, it might find a conflict (i.e. a link downloaded from Digg might already exist in MT Blogroll). The Override checkbox allows you to control what will be done during a conflict. If checked, the link from digg will override the one stored in MT Blogroll, otherwise the dugg duplicate will be ignored.

Hit Save and del.icio.us integration will be enabled hence from now on those links you add to MT Blogroll will get added to del.icio.us. To enable two-way integration, MT Blogroll registers a task to synch with del.icio.us (and thus download links added to del.icio.us). This task runs a maximum of once per day and can be triggered using the Activity Feeds feature in Movable Type.

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This is part of the official user manual for MT Blogroll, a plugin for Movable Type by Arvind Satyanarayan.

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