oEmbed & BP-Links – perhaps not competitors?
I am fans of both r-a-y’s oEmbed and Mrmaz’s BP-Links plugins (in fact, i have had many conversations with Marshal about the direction of the plugin. I was just catching up on my forum post reading when it occured to me that, in some ways these plugins do 2 different things with their target content and perhaps the functionality might eventually grow together…or not.
Here’s what I mean: It’s all about workflow and what the user is trying to do. in some cases you have a user that is cruising along, writing a post or reply and happens to want to include some rich media he found as part of the post. Bingo – oEmbed… which is great for bringing content right into the stream’s conversational flow. BUT… after some time the flow goes on and the content gets pushed on. Archival/Directory/Browsability becomes an issue.
Now, with BP-Links, it’s the exact opposite. Not so easy to slap some comment into you conversation because the process of entry is much more deliberate, BUT you end up having a rich set of external resources brought into a site and that has great value/potential. What might be a very cool meeting of these two expert minds (or plugins, as it were) would be something that allowed both…
Quick and easy embedding in posts on the fly coupled with a captured set of info you could later organize, etc (as in BP-Links)
What are your thoughts?
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