For starters, it's dynamic, so it will always get the freshest links out of Google's blogsearch. You also get the first paragraph in the tool-tip when you move your mouse over the link. And - here's the recursive bit - when you click the ~> at the end of each backlink, it will run off to fetch the backlinks for that backlink and insert it amongst the others as a nested list. This can continue ad infinitum as readers explore the web of backlinks (back-backlinks? meta-backlinks? ancestor-posts?) to your blog.
My Speccy blog isn't particularly well-connected, but if you jump off from this post, scroll half way down the sidebar and look for "Posts that link here". Then, click on "Shock! AFL ..." link, you'll get a taste for what's going on.
If you'd like to get this happening on your own blog, then add this to your header:
Then put this in your sidebar or wherever makes sense for you:
<ItemPage><h2 class="sidebar-title">Posts That Link Here</h2>
No backlinks found.
Note that I suggest wrapping both parts in Blogger's ItemPage tags, since you probably don't want to see this on archive and main pages.
At the moment, I'm using ~> to indicate "there may be more backlinks ... go on, give it a click!" and ] indicates "no, I've looked and this is a dead end". If anyone can suggest more natural/obvious symbols/icons to use, I'd love to hear from you.
Source code is viewable here. I've just modified it to use the
window.location.hrefas the initial search query, and prettied up the output as a (nestable) unordered list. Oh, plus some housekeeping around retaining/swapping elements around.
So is the world ready for recursive backlinks? Probably not. But still, there's gotta be plenty of other uses we can put this integrated search hack to work on.
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