Apple had the perhaps now ill-fated “Rip, Mix, Burn” concept for music– I am looking for something similar (less lawyer intensive) for RSS feeds. It is taking feeds breaking them apart, and rebuilding them into something new. We can rebuild ’em. Stronger. Faster. The Six Million Dollar Feed….
So it goes:
- Rip a few RSS URLs from where ever you find ’em these days.
- Mix them together into a pile.
- Feed them back as a brand new RSS.
During an ichat yesterday with Brian when he asked for tools that would take a list of RSS Feed URLs and be able to combine them into one “uber” feed with its own RSS feed. I suggested that they could create their own Bloglines site, but Brian mentioned people wanting a new RSS feed to deploy elsewhere.
I can see programmatically how it would go. You can take each RSS, parse it into a big array, and then re-code that back as a new RSS feed. But who’s got extra time to code? There ought to be somethings out there that do this (and I know there are). It is pretty much what Stephen Downes does with EDU_RSS, but how do mere mortal teachers take a list of feeds and munge them into something new?
A Feedpaper is a dynamic newspaper created from information gathered from across the web. Feedpapers can be displayed as part of the now.feedster.com web site or as part of your own web site. Here’s an example:
You’re heavily interested in the upcoming American presidential race.
You want to be able to see information from a number of different RSS feeds in one place — your very own Feedpaper.
You want to feature this information on your own website as a tool to bring more visitors to your blog or site.
Not overly impressed with the moniker or metaphor, I gave it a whorl. I tried to create a FeedPaper with a few URLs for feeds from known Learning Object Repositories with RSS feeds (thanks to ones collected by Scott Leslie). I waited the requisite 5 minutes (as well as 5 hours).
You’re feedpaper has been saved. Sometime in the next five to ten minutes it can be viewed at this url:
My provided URL much later still returns:
Unable to retrieve filename for latest feedpaper version
For that matter, the root site for all FeedPapers list a bunch of empty items and even the ones listed have no content. Worse, the Feedpaper I created never shows up when I try from MyFeedster to Edit myFeedpaper. Even worse, I have not gotten any Feedback from Feedster.
Strike 1. FeedPaper = ToiletPaper.
Rollup sounded like a maybe, but its service appears “suspended”.
Moving on, I tried Blogdigger Groups, which while listed as beta, looked more promising:
Blogdigger Groups allows you to create group blogs using any blog that has an RSS feed. Once you specify the members of your group, you will be able to view the most recent posts, filter by blog and category, even export your group in OPML or OCS, or subscribe to your group as an RSS feed.
This looked promising. I created a group, added some RSS feeds from Learning Object sites, and had very quickly a combined site for Syndicated Learning Objects
with its own new RSS feed:
not to mention OPML. It appears that you can apply some keyword filters, e.g. fro the combined pile of feeds, just see the ones with “Science” but I could not see any differerence in output.
SHAZAM! We have a winner! Slam Dunk! The score: Blogdigger Groups 7, Feedster….. 0.
Maybe. Might need to come back in a few days and see how it is updated.