Request: Tool that lists recently-linked websites

In discussing the value (or not) of blogrolls recently, the suggestion was made that with ascendance of RSS the traditional blogroll is both not seen by regular readers and meaningless to the author as they worry about their current writing.  On the other hand, it would be useful for new visitors to see something like a "current references" list if they want to see what is influencing my thinking. 

So, is it possible to have a tool that automagically reviews the last X blog posts (or Y days of posts) and builds a list of baseline URL's to which I have referred?  Essentially, run through all my text, grab the href's, and then be smart about collapsing multiple references to items at the same location. 

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Pete Holiday said:

Seems like that'd be simple enough, but where would it pull the info? RSS feeds? Straight from the DB? From the site itself? And what would it do with the list when it's done?

Jack Vinson said:

I was thinking that it would happen during the new post process, so probably from the database. In Movable Type, this kind of thing would look like another container with attributes. Soemthing like:
<MTRecentLinks days=30>
formatting for each link
</MTRecentLinks>

» Jack Vinson's challenge from N=1: Population of One

Many people are using the community bookmarking service Del.icio.us for this sort of thing. There are plenty of hints out there for how to display links from Del.icio.us, but I don't know of anyone having done the "parse my local content looking for a/@href" part. I do it manually for my blog.

Here are some links to get you started:
http://del.icio.us/tag/del.icio.us+movable-type

jackvinson Author Profile Page said:

This is possible. Use the MTCollect plugin from staggernation. The usage examples include a "listing recent links" example that I'm using in my sidebar on the blog home page.

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