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I use the Google XML-Sitemap plugin in all my WordPress installations. It’s a great way to tell Google, Yahoo and Bing when my site updates, and for them to easily see what’s new. It’s a nice set-and-forget kind of plugin.

I’ve been noticing something strange on one of my sites lately – the sitemap keeps timing out and producing nothing but a blank screen. That’s never good – so I’ve been digging into the site to suss out the issue.

I think part of the problem is that this particular site has over 2,700 blog posts. Building the sitemap for that site, and including all the tags and categories was killing the process.

My question today is this – should we be limiting the number of items we put in our sitemap.xml file? Should I cut it off at an arbitrary number, such as 25, or leave all 2,700 in there knowing that only the most recent 5 or so posts are the ones I really want Google to see.

Man, Delicious is a great tool. I use it for research, remembering stuff, organizing information and so much more. I’ve got tools to use it on my desktop, my laptop and more.

Judging by Twitter, lots of people were peeved today that the service is going to be shut down by Yahoo. No one’s exactly sure when, but it’s coming soon. Other people don’t care, which is fine, but if you are one of the ones who do have links and tags in there, you can get them out.

I found this code snippet from a commenter on TechCrunch, and it worked like a charm. Here’s what you do. From a command line (or your Terminal if you’re on a Mac,) run this command.

curl > bookmarks.xml

You should have a file called bookmarks.xml that looks like this:

That will get all your bookmarks, tags and other info into an XML file that you can use to import into whatever you want. Send it off to, or save it in a big Excel file. Once it’s in there, you can still search and find the info you need.

Want an HTML that’s a little easier to read? You may want to try Delicious’ own tool, available here. You’ll get a long list of links to your pages. Tags are included, but they’re in HTML code.