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Aliases and Notes for XBL Friends at Xbox.com Using Diigo


#1 CokeCola   Bite the Wax Tadpole CAGiversary!   772 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 29 July 2007 - 10:31 PM

Lately I’ve been playing around with Diigo, a “Social Annotation” tool. It basically lets you bookmark, highlight, and add notes to webpages, then share those with other people. Applying this to the Xbox.com friends list, we can share a running list of XBL -> CAG aliases and keep public or private notes about those on our friends lists.

Here’s what a note looks like:
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This one has two notes: A group-note that tells me AttackingMVP’s CAG name, mvp828, and a private note that reminds me I’ve played Rainbow Six: Vegas with him. Anyone that joins the http://groups.diigo.com/groups/cagxbl' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>CAG XBL Gaming group at Diigo will be able to see the alias note, but only I will see the Rainbow Six note (you want to keep your own notes about what games you’ve played with who!).

Here’s what the screen would look like to you after joining the CAG group to get the aliases (assuming you had an identical friends list):
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You can get started by installing the Diigo https://addons.mozil...fox/addon/2792' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>FireFox extension or http://www.diigo.com/tools?client=ie' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>Internet Explorer Toolbar (I haven’t tried it in IE), or using the http://www.diigo.com/tools/diigolet' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>Diigolet bookmarklet.

You can then register at Diigo.com, which will sign you in with the toolbar/bookmarklet. Careful, it does require email authentication.

Then join http://groups.diigo.com/groups/cagxbl' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>CAG XBL Gaming group. If we have similar friends lists, you’ll find several names already highlighted with CAG aliases. You can start filling in the blanks yourself:

  • Right Click on the page. Select "Bookmark." Set the privacy to Private. Check the box "Share to groups." Select CAG XBL Gaming.
  • Highlight a gamertag. Select "Highlight" from the pop-up menu.
  • Hover over the highighted name, and select "Add Sticky Note." If you are naming a CAG alias, check "share to" and select the CAG gaming group. This option will be grayed out if you did not share the bookmark with the group in step 1. Just type in the alias (in the form "CAG: username," please) and click submit. If you're entering any information other than aliases, do not share the note to keep down clutter (for now).

When going to your friends list, make sure this is the url:
http://live.xbox.com...le/Friends.aspx
If it doesn't say that, chances are this will not work. No post data!

If you want to know more, here's Diigo's thorough help page, and here are their Flash Tutorials.

Why Diigo? It’s the first thing I found that had the social sticky notes, and its system seems to work alright with the dynamic XBL friends list. If you know of something better, tell me.

PyroGamer says this isn't working for him, so if it does work for you, please give feedback!

#2 Kendal   My sleep number is 69 CAGiversary!   4945 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 30 July 2007 - 12:47 AM

Woo hoo! I am on the internets!

Are my notes "Pepsi is better my ass!"?

But now I'm ready for D/P, excited and terrified. It's going to eat so many hours of my life.


I am a pussy :-(


Brawl FC: 3480 - 2198 - 7321 Name: KEN

#3 Logg   Every Time I Die CAGiversary!   1383 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:00 AM

This is a pretty good idea. But that is a lot of reading.

#4 linkpwns   Oh hey guys CAGiversary!   3678 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:09 AM

It seems to work out well, I might try it out
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#5 PyroGamer   Banned Banned   4554 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

PyroGamer

Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:18 AM

Joined the group, but I'm not getting the highlights on my friends list (and I DO have some CAGs on my list, that are highlighted on yours).

#6 CokeCola   Bite the Wax Tadpole CAGiversary!   772 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 30 July 2007 - 04:10 AM

Joined the group, but I'm not getting the highlights on my friends list (and I DO have some CAGs on my list, that are highlighted on yours).

Hm... troubling. Hope this works. I made a dummy Diigo account to confirm that other people could see notes on the same page, but I didn't make a dummy Xbox Live account. I hope Diigo doesn't give up when it finds variations in the page.

Just to make sure we're looking at the same thing, get to the XBL friends list through the bookmarked link here: http://groups.diigo.com/groups/cagxbl. Make sure you're logged into Diigo, allowing scripts, etc. On the Diigo toolbar, make sure Show Annotations is set to "Groups" or "All."

If you still don't see it, try adding highlights yourself to see what happens.

Is this highlighted? It should be.

But it won't be if the url of this page is not http://cheapassgamer...ad.php?t=146669
It won't won't work from Cheapyd.com, or if you have just posted and have extra data in the url bar.

I'll take this time to add that I've only been using this thing for a couple of days, and I am still trying to figure things out. If anyone is a Diigo expert, please enlighten me.

I've edited the first post to clear some things up.