If I was tweeting this, I might make up a silly hash tag like
I use Gmail extensively, got my CogDogness, as well as over the last few weeks, I have ditched the desktop email client and using the Gmail version of our NMC Google Apps email. By finding my oldest Gmail message, I’ve been using it since July 2005 (and have amassed pile that is 3% of the capacity)– yet a lesson of the web tech crazy pace is that there is always something new to learn. You never get to the end.
Since I’ve been Gmailing so long I have pretty much ignored the ticker tape of “web clips” or news/ad-like things that sit atop the inbox.
I noticed a link to “edit” the web clips, which is a tab inside the settings, and likely has been there a long time (learn more about Gmail web clips…). Woah, neo, of course- those are all RSS! And… you can remove all the ones you dont want (i zapped them all)… and… drumroll- you can add your own RSS URLs!
For a test, I added feeds for comments to my blog and to my flickr account. Essentially, the web clips are turned into a mini feed mixer (although the docs say the clips are displayed randomly, not sequentially).
So now, instead of unwanted cruft from cookbooks, forbes, my gmail ticker has my own feed items atop my inbox:
I am not 100% sure how useful this is, but now in my email reading, I can get some notifcation using the clips I want, not theirs.
And that. my friends, is a good thing. Good web dog.
The post "Use Gmail Web Clips as RSS Feed Ticker" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2009/04/use-gmail-web-clips-as-rss-feed-ticker/) on April 18, 2009.