March 16, 2006
James Corbett has the scoop on podcast comments.
A blog will have the main podcast feed, and also a podcast comments feed…you leave a comment via dialing a phone number.
This is handy feedback for podcasters that don’t have a blog, as you could always leave text comments in the blog post that points to the podcast.
NOTE: Bitty follows a “web navigational” metaphor and the others a “drilldown DHTML menu” metaphor.
If I had a HTML link to a webpage, the first 3 browsers would launch a new browser to that native webpage…whereas Bitty would launch to the native website within Bitty.
So Bitty is not only an OPML Browser/Viewer but it is also a web browser, so no matter what you click on you never have to leave Bitty…let’s not forget it’s a search engine with an inbuilt OPML Browser/Reader.
A while back I posted on an idea sparked by Robin Good (scroll to end), about collecting webpages through out your day and despositing them somewhere where a TOC is generated and you can print out your deposit at the end of the day…so all the webpages you collected will print out in full-text.
If you collected webpages in del.icio.us then printed out a tag page, you would only get what you see, the idea would be for it to print out the full-text of all the bookmarks within a tag, then I guess the tag page could be your TOC
…the other thing is you only want to print the day’s bookmarks, so a bookmark service like Jots might be better as you can view all your bookmarks by date (there are probably other services that also have this feature).
Also you might not want to commit these bookmarks to del.icio.us as you haven’t read them yet, maybe a temporary storage like ListMixer is more appropriate.
Also as I mentioned in my post:
“….you could use a service […] like PDF-o-matic, but then you have to print as you go, you can’t collect URL’s through out the day and press print once at the end of the day”
You can surely use OPML2PDF to read your 10 favourite feeds in Adobe Acrobat, and print them out, but this means what your printing out has to have a feed.
So what’s the answer?
So far the OPML2PDF or RSS2PDF idea is the best as you can print out full-text, but it is on a fixed set of feeds, what if you could have your own feed, and whack stuff in it as you go…services like LinkRSS and FeedXS are using feeds for content without having a public rendition (if you know what I mean).
The idea is to have a personal feed where you submit stuff to it with a bookmarklet, whatever webpage you are on you hit the bookmarklet and it is like you just made a blog post…the whole contents of the page you were on is now an entry in your feed.
I don’t know how this would work for non webpage items such as word, excel, etc…
Anyway when you click the bookmarklet a drop down box appears and you choose which feed you want to submit this webpage to, maybe even add a comment.
If someone subscribed to this feed, they would just see the RSS version of the full-text of that webpage that was bookmarked.
You could even re-syndicate this feed into a blog sidebar or as the main body of a blog…instead of a link blog it’s a full-text blog.
So the idea is you are not really entering any text except for a comment, and when you use the bookmarklet it copies the full-text of the whole page, not just the link, as an RSS entry.
Then at the end of the day just run your RSS or OPML through Toms tool, and print your daily takings to read on the train.
Now since you can have several feeds to choose from in this fictional drop down menu bookmarklet, this means you can have several RSS daily catches (or whatever we would call it).
These could be merged into a spliced feed or an OPML Reading List, for the latter this means you could print out OPML2PDF (several feeds) each being a section in your daily e-read.
In a way this is like making a daily e-book by simply hitting a bookmarklet, then pressing print once at the end of the day…somehow a TOC could be generated…why not a cover page while we are there.
When you flag items to read later in Rojo they are held in a Saved folder, now if this Saved folder had an RSS feed, you could run it through RSS2PDF to read a full-text print out.
Or why not just do it from the spliced feed for your whole account or spliced feed for a tag of feeds in your subscriptions…or with OPML2PDF if your whole account or tag of feeds had an OPML URL
…or what about if Rojo just had an inbuilt print button.
I tried viewing the RSS feed (spliced feed) from a tag of feeds (folders) in my Rojo subscriptions in RSS2PDF but I got a blank page…see here
… I tried to subscribe to this spliced feed back into Rojo itself and it didn’t work.
I don’t get it, everyone one of your subscriptions (feeds) has it’s own Rojo version feed, here’s one (not sure if you can see this).
I just checked out the Feedshow RSS Reader, there is a print icon to print out an item, and you can convert the whole feed to PDF…OPML to PDF is the natural progession…so it seems that we may see Toms idea incorporated into RSS Readers.
Actually it is Toms tool!