A few words about that:
2. Their problems are your problems. Remember, if their site is overloaded, or hung, or taking a nap, your page loads will too. (See #1)
3. Other Reasons. There are other reasons too. Some depend on the thickness of the crainial foil, but there’s good reason none the less.
Still, if you’re not a programming whiz, they’re darn handy none the less.
Fortunately, i am. You’ll note that the MyWeb 2.0 list to the right doesn’t look like the normal badged version. That’s because i’ve got a nifty script that goes out and fetches that list every so often. It stores it and loads it up as needed. i get more flexibility with what goes on it and how it’s displayed.
Still, the stupid thing is that as much as i don’t like badges, i definitely see their use. Still, i wish that there were some way to display content on a page without a) risking your cookies b) slogging your pages and c) being difficult.
Lo and behold, guess what Y!Developer just came out with?
If you guess PHP native interfaces, you get a cookie.
Yep, the hack i was planning on offering soon is now reality as you can code up quicky plugins for any PHP app (wordpress anyone?) to use Yahoo! stuff. You can now write caching versions of whatever service you’d like to create. Wanna build a plugin that tracks the price history of flights from San Francisco to Washington DC? Now you can, and you can use native PHP to do it.