The other day I posted about Grazr now hosting your OPML, I’ll also note they are now sporting theme’s - they are really on the ball with design and functionality, things are smooth and slick, but I’ve course I’ve always got some feedback.
Why can I upload an OPML URL or an RSS URL in the Create a Widget page, but I can’t do this in My Files page?
When I create a widget from the Create a Widget page, why don’t I then have the option to save it in the My Files area?
Once I’ve uploaded an OPML file and it is now hosted as a Grazr OPML URL, what happens if I want to update this file?
ie. just say I upload an OPML file of some feeds, now this OPML file has become an OPML URL, but then just say I want to add a new feed to my new OPML URL, how do I do this?
Turning my OPML file into an OPML URL is great as it gives it visibility and people can do stuff with it (subscribe to it in their own OPML as an include or subscribe to it in an RSS Reader or email reader).
But I find I can’t use the full advantage of having a dynamic OPML URL, ie. to add and delete feeds, at the moment once I have created it, it becomes static, I can’t alter it.
I feel sooner or later we will be able to create OPML outlines within Grazr.
Maybe even wiki like feature’s as communal outlines, and even a social network.
At the moment I’m creating OPML Outlines with OPML Workstation (BTW they have wiki-based outlines).
Also check out OPML Workstation’s new feature, letting you add the page you are on to one of your outlines, via a bookmarklet.
NOTE: this is what I want for my draft blog posts, at the moment I have a “Press It” bookmarklet, but I don’t get to choose the draft post I want to add the link to.
What are other’s doing?
- more based on a Reading List type of OPML (all nodes or items are feeds)
- doesn’t generate and host an OPML URL, but others are welcome to download your OPML file
- they send reminders for you to reload your OPML file as you may have made changes and you want these to apply to FeedVault.
My answer is why doesn’t FeedVault subscribe to your OPML URL, this is of course if you have an OPML URL, if you have an OPML file, then it can’t subscribe to it.
Anyway, this way when you update your OPML URL, it will let FeedVault know about it, just like BlogBridge and FeedBlitz.
Share Your OPML (SYO)
- the OPML URL I uploaded was from my Technorati Favourites OPML, it says so in my “Manage You OPML Files” area.
Since then the feeds in my Technorati Favourites OPML have changed, but SYO doesn’t know about it. By comparing the feeds in My SYO with my Technorati Favourites, you will see the differences (once again my SYO is based on an older version of my Technorati Favourites).
- I find this limiting and static
-BTW SYO has some other cool features
- this is just adding one feature that SYO doesn’t have, actually sharing your OPML.
Just enter a user page from SYO, here’s mine: http://share.opml.org/viewsharedfeeds/?user_id=29, and FeedShow will create an OPML URL, see the result.
BTW, the Feedshow OPML Builder allows you to create an OPML URL and host it to, this is my initial ask from Grazr.
The only thing with the Feedshow OPML Builder is that you can’t go back to edit your OPML, as you don’t have a user space, making it a once only affair, now Grazr does have a user space…
Also the Feedshow OPML Builder is restricted to feeds, and we all know OPML can be made up of text, links, other OPML’s, etc…not just feeds.
I want to whip up a Reading List OPML, but don’t want to go to the trouble of using an outliner, and don’t want to register with an RSS Reader just to build a Reading List.
Solution - create it with the Feedshow OPML Builder, this will generate an OPML URL, download this file to my PC, then upload it to Grazr so I can show if off in a widget.
Ideally this is what I want from Grazr, to be able to whip up a quick OPML, which generates an OPML URL and a widget, and then be able to go back an edit your OPML.