Blogs Opening Iranian Society?

wired.com: “Motallebi is now awaiting trial. According to the Islamic news agency, he has been charged with “undermining national security through cultural activities” for the content of his blog, as well as his other writings and interviews he gave to foreign media outlets.”

Permalink free associations

Dave’s new idea: “It uses the fact that URLs in a weblog have structure.”

A permalink is a permanent URL link to an item. A place where you can find it after it has aged and slipped off of the front page. A permalink should be archival.

Manila puts the date directly into the permalink like this:

http://scriptingnews.userland.com/2003/05/20#todaysNewIdea

So from the permalink URL you can deduce the publish date of the item, and sort results in reverse chronological order.

Movable Type puts the post id into the permalink like this:

http://grumet.net/weblog/archives/000051.html

You cannot deduce the publish date from the permalink URL. But you can sort results in reverse chronological order, because the post ids increase with time.

BlogX puts a globally unique identifier (GUID) into the permalink like this:

http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/saraw/PermaLink.aspx/
49899274-4e74-451f-a29c-414c32e39719

You cannot deduce the publish date nor sort the results from the GUID. Note also that the BlogX permalinks enshrine the ASP.NET suffix, .aspx. Cutting edge today perhaps, but five years from now it will be quaint.