Feeds

Feeds and RSS are blogsnowthe contemporary fabric of the Web. For my morning news I’m getting used to visiting reddit or digg. But the new blogsnow is really beautiful.  With a neat & simple interface, blogsnow lets me know which news (from the most accessed blogs) are fit to read in a quick scan. Then it also remembers the last (many) links I visite, so I can trace back the most interesting items later. Again, it’s very simple, but engaging. I like the fact it is open to whatever sort of news it happens to be on the spot, thus it is a sort of a privileged door to the blogosphere and to the world. I believe in serendipity… through wasy like this we can discover precious gems.

Then there is netvibes: but I cannot read it every day! Too many feeds! However, netvibes gives me a look into my universe of feeds. I choose the feeds to incorporate, and watch them unfold dynamically. I prefer netvibes to bloglines in that the former has a much more powerful graphical look: small panels with a feed each, and they can be moved across as one wishes. I may also create tabs and put a series of feeds under each tab. For instance, a tab for my general-reading feeds, another for media related feeds, etc.

However good may it be, netvibes doesn’t provide features to publish one’s own feeds digest (or mashup). So, I looked around, and found a few very interesting services that allow one to define the series of feeds to use, and produce a widget-like feed-of -feeds. I wrote about these meta-feeds in a previous post, and I’m still using a couple of them (for instance, try the digest at my digest page JRNL, which was created with Feedraider, a very good tool).

FeevyBut today I just found a new website, Feevy , born out of a company called Sociedad de las Indias Electrónicas, a Spanish consulting and young startup which works in the analysis of social networks. Feevy does something like a feeds digest widget for blogs and the like, so I can insert it within this very blog. See to believe! Furthermore, Feevy updates the digest according to the most frequently updated blog posts, so the digests changes over time.

So I exported an OPML file (a special XML file which describes feeds) from netvibes with all the feeds I am subscribed to and uploaded it to Feevy, which then did the rest. A few minutes ago I inserted the tiny code Feevy gave me in this blog’s sidebar, and voilá. It’s a nice effect, isn’t it.

About Antonio Vantaggiato

Professor, web2.0 enthusiast, and didactic chef.
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