Wow. If you are just reading some of the buzz (it’s about time!) about RSS, check out RSSlets – Functional RSS Feeds a series of prototypes for getting at RSS content that may be on the fringe of your idea scope. These are a whole raft of new services that are creative ways to syndicate content that is not static.
My ultimate vision for RSSlet is a service that allows users to generate dynamic RSS feeds that actually do something functional from any web page. I’m a big believer in iterative and interactive design and development. So in line with this, rather than developing the service in its entirety and then releasing it to the world, I’m starting with making some of my prototype explorations available for use and feedback. Since this is a work in progress everything here is labeled as use at your own risk. As I add more functionality and polish everything up into a useable standalone service, I’ll post updates here.
<tiphat> A tip of the blog hat to Scott Leslie for sending this my way</tiphat>
Among the RSSlets:
FedEx– track packages via RSS rather than keeping at the FedEx site
Google News– you can add any keyword to filter Google News for your favorite topic.
Comics– not sure how/why one would use, but the demo provides RSS Feeds to the funnies from Exploding Dog
Ain’t it Cool News – RSS feed to grab headlines scraped from here
This may just be the beginning of a torrent of new exploitations of RSS. Simple=Cool.