>> Google Reader and the Google home page now provide readerships. Google's popular RSS reader and personalized home page now lets publishers know how many people have subscribed to their content feeds. Most of the Web has patiently been awaiting Google to provide advanced traffic data, and this might be the first big step. On a related note, if you're using either service you can subscribe to the Webware RSS feed using the link under 'Webware Feeds.' (Official Google Reader Blog)
Adobe Systems released a technology preview version of a "social newspaper" site called myFeedz, which sift through RSS feeds on the basis of user-defined tags. The site had been in public testing since August, but now is an official part of Adobe Labs and an comes with an official logo using Adobe's official typeface.
myFeedz begins with a standard RSS reader format but tailors the feeds according to content tags users can set. In addition, myFeedz suggests tags based on the feeds selected in users' OPML files--which for those of you who don't parse XML in … Read more
Webware's RSS feed now offers full text stories. Just point your reader toward http://www.webware.com/8300-1_109-2-0.xml or use one of the quick links in our right-hand sidebar bar to sign up.
I did a video tutorial on RSS in 2004. It's still mostly accurate, although the top RSS products have changed. For most users, I'd recommend an online reader, not software, for reading feeds. I like Google's RSS reader and Newsgator. Netvibes and Pageflakes are useful to give you a snapshot view of a smaller number of feeds. On the software side, there'… Read more
Wetpaint on Tuesday is upgrading its wiki editing and hosting service with the ability to embed widgets, or mini-applications, into a Web page.
The "Easy Edit" button on Wetpaint wikis now lets people include a widget on a page, which can be anything from a YouTube video to a group Web calendar. The editing tool presents a variety of options, including adding RSS feeds and links to popular video-sharing sites services.
ThePort is launching Blerts at Demo 07 today. It's a new RSS application for your desktop. It pops headlines from your RSS feeds onto your desktop, instead of requiring that you go to a RSS page or fire up a standalone app to read your feeds.
The service can be configured to treat feeds differently--you can have some feeds pop up immediate alerts on your desktop, some just display a little icon on the desktop, and others stay quiet no matter what. It's similar to another RSS pop-up app that I like, AlertBear.
The challenge is making it … Read more
We recently covered Daylife, a beautifully designed (some would say overdesigned) guide to the day's news. We called it the "anti-Digg," due to its editor-driven content and its focus on design. Today, another content packager launches: Boxxet.
Boxxet collects information on popular topics--sports teams, popular TV shows, consumer products, and so on. Each Boxxet topic (or set) gets links to related news stories, photos, stuff to buy, a Digg-like list of bookmarks, forums, and its own RSS feed.
The organizational scheme is good, and the pages are easy to navigate considering the amount of info they … Read more
There's also a fairly extensive library of RSS and Atom feeds you can browse through and add to your favorites. Most of this … Read more
PHOENIX--NewsGator introduced a hosted solution that allows publishers to integrate an RSS reader into their Web sites. It's part of an effort to bring RSS to the masses, similar to efforts by Yahoo and others to make feeds out of everything consummable. The look and feel is customizable, and companies including Newsweek.com and SFGate.com will be launching private-labeled NewsGator RSS readers. The NewsGator Hosted Solution includes built-in templates and is hosted by NewsGator.