xFruits has just released and it lets you do alot of stuff with RSS, and more to come.
Firstly, I spliced some feeds (no filtering options), gave it a title and some tags, it also creates a gallery of feed buttons.
I was given this user space URL, http://xfruits.com/johnt/?id=703…it even asked if I want to create my own directory instead of the default ?id=703…so here is my web2.0 essentials spliced feed (note how the the feed is rendered nicely and doesn’t look like ugly raw XML)…it’s so nice it is basically a web page for your river of news (don’t need a HTML page, this will do nicely).
Actually this page looks a lot like a rendered RSS feed XML page like Feedburner or Feedpass…if you scroll to the end you will see the quick subscriber buttons…pity they don’t promote a regular RSS button on this page (oops, you could just cut n’ paste the web address)
To make a spliced feed you can even enter several OPML URL’s rather than feeds or even a combination.
I imported two separate OPML’s (these are both flat lists, and each item in the OPML’s are feeds, this makes it a Reading List)…the import was successful, check out my LIS and KM essentials feed (remember this same URL is my river of news, 2 in 1).
It would be good if the two OPML URL’s I entered became “includes” where xFruits would generate an OPML
…so you would basically enter feeds, OPML’s or a combination, and then you would have a choice of generating a spliced feed or a mother OPML.
RSS to Web
At first I thought this was re-syndicating a feed, instead what you can do is make a website for your feed.
But haven’t I already done this in the Aggregator RSS section (no I haven’t it just looks like a HTML website).
Just say you have a feed from a service like publi.sh…this service just has an admin section and a feed, it doesn’t supply a HTML URL (a public place to view the rendered content)…you have to read it in an RSS Reader or re-syndicate it elsewhere.
So now you can give it web presence by using the xFruits RSS to web, but couldn’t I just do this in the Aggregator RSS section (I don’t have to splice feeds, I could enter just one feed).
Now I get it, put in one of your spliced feeds you just made, and get a web page to see the river of news…similar to SuprGlu.
OK, here’s the difference, the spliced feed (Aggregator RSS) is a feed…even though it doesn’t look like a typical feed page, and the website (RSS to web) isn’t a feed, it’s a website.
This means the website (RSS to web) is more similar to SuprGlu, so there is room for future development in customising the sidebar, even promoting the feed at least (the feed is what you entered to make this webpage)…could get dangerous as people could then put in ads and make money off other peoples content…actually how do Technorati get away with that…a lot about Feedpass in this space.
Get my head around this…
1. So let me get this, if I put the feed of this blog (my Feedburner feed) in the xFruits Aggregator RSS (takes up from 1 to 20 feeds to splice), I will make another feed for my blog, I don’t want to do this as I want people subscribing to my Feedburner feed so I can keep subscriber numbers.
2. Or if I put the feed of this blog (my Feedburner feed) in the xFruits RSS to web, I will make another HTML version of my blog.
3. If I take the feed I made in step 1 and put it in a new step 2, then I will have made a clone blog with a clone feed…crazy.
What would be another useful expansion is if I could make 2 different RSS Aggregator (spliced feeds), then put both these spliced feeds in a RSS to web, then on the sidebar I can view content from just one of the spliced feeds, or all of the spliced feeds…Blogdigger Groups does this, they call it filtering your spliced feed view…Feed Collectors is also in this space and they allow you to search your river of news and lots more.
Actually Technorati Favourites is a searchable Public RSS Reader, with an OPML, and you can tag your feeds/subscriptions (similar to folders)…nice one.
…imagine your all your xFruits spliced feeds (Aggregator RSS) were packaged in an OPML Reading List, then the RSS to web (river of news) could subscribe to this OPML…see more.
…and FeedCollectors and Kinja are the king all-in-one (besides lacking a Public RSS startpage part, and a tag cloud)…actually Bozpages does simple splicing (not filtering), and displays content as a Public RSS reader, a Public RSS startpage, and as a tag cloud (I guess SuprGlu and MySyndicaat also have tag clouds).
RSS to mobile
Next create a webpage for mobile devices, at the moment I use winksite so people can browse my blog on a mobile phone (only draw back is subscribers have to register).
Here is my web 2.0 essentials spliced feed as a river of news for mobile devices.
This is impressive, it just lists titles, when you click on a title it shows the content (permalink), then you click “home” to get back.
NOTE: not sure I have this right…what is the box when you are making this email feed that says authorized email.
Post to RSS
Create an email address, and receive email content in your RSS Reader…this is handy, give people your xFruit email address and you can read emails they send you, in your RSS Reader.
I use the Bloglines email to subscribe to email lists, but this feed can only be read in Bloglines, so xFruits is freeing this up…but there are others.
eg. I am sending an email from my gmail to my xFruits email address, but I don’t have an xFruits mailbox, but I do have an xFruits feed, so I can read this in my RSS Reader.
This can be made public or private.
Here is my “post to RSS” landing page…this means you can read emails sent to me (hmmm)…I might make this private again…although when it’s private I can’t subscribe to it, maybe the RSS Reader needs to be able to authenticate it or something.
Wow, this could act as an email group address, give a bunch of people this feed, and whenever this email box gets mail, this bunch of people can read the content via the feed…shhh don’t tell anyone.
Or instead of your to: line in your email having all your friends emails, just send an email to the xFruits email feed, and as long as your friends have that feed they can read the broadcasted email.
Or what about, send email to this xFruits email feed, and re-syndicate this feed in a blog eg. an xFruits RSS to web, let’s try it.
So every time I send an email it becomes a blog post…this could act as a side blog (just re-syndicate it to your blog sidebar)…and every post would have a permalink.
Here is my user space…see my tag cloud, I smell a social feed user tagging service.
Check out all the xFruiters…browse the tag cloud or search.
You can also browse the tag cloud for some fruit (so to speak)
RSS to PDF…maybe something similar to RSS2PDF
FILE to RSS…does this mean you could read a word document in an RSS Reader, imagine a heap of word documents in an OPML…does this make sense.
Actually this file to RSS may be something close to what I posted a while back.
Similar but different, since every document in Writely has a URL (it also has a feed), every time you edit this web-based wordprocessing document it will reflect in the feed…what if you re-syndicate this feed into a blog eg. xFruits RSS to web, or SuprGlu…does this mean you can blog via a web-based wordprocessing document.