The other day I wrote how you can create a quick fix Reading List with OPML Builder.
NOTE: I also mentioned that it was a “quick fix” due to not being able to go back and make changes, so even though it lives in a URL it is not dynamic as such.
Now Feedshow have released a customised version of OPML Builder called “Really” Share Your OPML, as an add on for the Share Your OPML service…SYO has the problem of users being able to give, but not to take.
Since you can’t download an OPML from SYO, Feedshow have enabled you to create one.
I ask 2 questions:
1. If a user adds/deletes a feed to their OPML will SYO be pinged about the changes?
2. If the above is positive, will then the OPML created via Feedshow in turn be pinged about these changes?
It’s important that we use OPML to it’s full potential, otherwise it just a quick way to package a list of links that live at a URL.
The power of OPML is that when changes are made to the contents within the OPML URL, then it will reflect where ever the content of this OPML lives.
So if I make a change to my OPML, I want that to be updated in the instance of my OPML in SYO…also, people can subscribe to an OPML, so it’s important these changes cross over…in which they do in the BlogBridge RSS Reader.
Another tool is OPML Factory, this is similar to SYO, but also allows to download an OPML (this is what Feedshow is doing for SYO)…again will changes be reflected.
NOTE: OPML Factory is not available at the moment, or maybe it has gone….
All the services mentioned in this post, Reading List folksonomy allow a social OPML eco-system…also included is Ziki.
But again if I make changes to my OPML it won’t reflect in the instance of it in these systems.
What we need to see is these systems have an option to subscribe to your OPML instead of uploading it…see more.
This way all you need is your personal OPML (and you could use one of these systems for that purpose), but mostly for personal OPML’s most RSS Readers now have this feature.
Then when you make a change to your RSS Reader OPML, any service you have uploaded it to will know about the changes.
At the moment if I make a change to my personal OPML, I have to then go change it at all the places I have uploaded (shared) this OPML…if I remember all these places.