The folks at Bloglines, which I mentioned earlier in my entry about Buzz’s new digs, launched a new feature on Monday that makes it that much more useful of a tool. This new feature is called References and it’s basically another way to see who’s talking about the same things across the blogosphere.
Today we added a new way to see who is talking about items that you’re reading. If another feed has linked to an item that you’re reading, there will be a ‘References’ link under the item. Clicking on that will bring up a list of all the items from other feeds that have linked to the item you’re reading. It’s a great way to follow conversations and see different viewpoints.
In short, it’s a kind of trackback or Technorati function that is entirely contained within the Bloglines code and which you don’t have to do anything special to utilize. If the article you’re reading is linked to by any other feeds then there will be a references link. Pretty cool.