I just posted on the new deluxe Protopage, and now another to add to the mix of this new breed of reading feeds is Etamp (here is a sample page). Although Etamp is a little different than Protopage in that it just focuses on one feature that Protopage offers, and that is RSS feed display boxes, so this makes it more similar to Fyuze or Box the Web
NOTE: You can strip Protopage of the other features, except the RSS display boxes, so it can act the same as Fyuze, Etamp, etc…
Protopage seems to be the only service that can display multiple feeds in the one RSS display box, this is a plus, as it allows topic windows…imagine if every folder in your RSS Reader had an OPML file, you could just import this into a display box, so every folder in your RSS Reader would be a display box.
So how do you like to read your daily feeds, in your RSS Reader or on a RSS Display Box page/s?
Multiple pages is another great feature that Prototype and Fyuze have, not sure if Etamp is onto this…
and unlike Netvibes or Protopage, you can’t collapse the display boxes in Etamp or Fyuze or Box the Web.
The one great feature of Etamp is that your pages are public (you can now do this also with Protopage).
Another thing that makes Etamp different is that it harnesses some web2.0 features such as aggregating all user accounts (inducing sharing and discovery). This means it has it’s own feed list to choose from (sort by: A-Z, date, best) based on the input from all the user accounts, and there are also tags…so when you come across a feed you like, it’s a simple click to add to your account, or to add to your browser favourites.
You can even add other user accounts to your favourites section.
You can of course add your own feeds.
You can search for feeds, sort results, refine search.
If you choose a tag from the tag cloud it just does a keyword search, I’m not sure what the tag cloud is based on because when I added a feed to my account I wasn’t asked to file or tag it.
There is also a most popular feeds section, you can also search for top feeds which generates an RSS feed.
I just noticed that every account page has a search box to search various search engines, and there is also a link for a photo page, this accumulates photos from items in all your feeds and shows them in one spot.
You can also expand one of your display boxes by choosing the My Feeds Entry link in your account, this prompts a small box listing all your feeds, if you click on one it will show that feed in the whole page, you can choose from summaries, headlines only, just photos…so this is basically a full page view of one of your feed boxes
…it does lack a mark as unread, mark as read feature.
There is also a section called “Today Feed”, this seems to trace what you have read for the day, clicking on the “Get Feed” icon reveals a button you can put on your website for people to easily add your blog to their Etamp account.
In all a great service, a little messy in some parts, if you could tag your feeds this would make it a little more like RSSor, the difference being that the feeds would be presented in display boxes, also this means your account would have a page for every tag, and every tag may have several pages
…that’s why collapsing/expanding feed boxes or allowing multiple feeds within the one box will package this more neatly.