PingBuddy vs. Simpletracks - and the History of the Trackback Form

Written July 12. 2003, at 17:47 GMT.

I stumbled upon Adam Kalsey's Simpletracks a couple of days ago. Simpletracks is a universal trackback form hack, very much like my own PingBuddy. Kalsey announced Simpletracks on June 14th, only two days after PingBuddy was born (link is in Icelandic). but it was originally only intended for the Icelandic blogoshpere. However, after I came across Simpletracks I went and created an English version that I now link to from my English weblog entries.

PingBuddy has one feature that Simpletracks doesn't have (yet, at least) to auto-fill the "Trackback Ping URL" field with the querystring of the requesting URL (click for example). This makes it dead easy for any old weblogger out there to point his/her readers to a prefilled-out trackback form for each weblog entry.

Today I also noticed that Shelley Powers (a.k.a. BurningBird) offers local Trackback forms for her own pages like I did (oops, Icelandic) before I went for the more generalized PingBuddy approach.

Other findings via Google:

What I think is interesting is the fact that all these "small inventions" seem to have happened independantly of each other. Loads of people get the same idea and implement it for fun - to benefit themselves and others.

Googling for weblog history is fun...


More like this: English Entries, HTML/CSS, Hugdettur, Útgáfa.


Reader Comments (2)

  1. reedmaniac replies:

    reedmaniacTrackback was created in the beginning of June 2003, right about when I was polishing up the scripts that integrated Trackback and Pingback into pMachine 2.3. A few days ago, at the request of two readers I released the source code under my developer's section.

    Thanks for the link and recognition. It is quite nice to see so many people supporting the standard.

    July 19. 2003 kl. 01:37 GMT | #

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