This post is about an SSE based site called Skinny Farm, I mentioned on another post that it is the project of Matt from everybuddy.
NOTE: I first played around with SkinnyFarm over a year ago, but never got round to posting about it.
Just briefly SkinnyFarm seems more like communal feeds than bi-directional feeds, but then again maybe I don’t understand it fully. Another thing, when you publish at SkinnyFarm, with the use of tags you are publishing the same content at multiple places.
The popular scenario of SSE is where changes in calendar A will create changes in calendar B; besides having their own RSS feed, they both share an SSE feed.
So in SkinnyFarm you could re-syndicate a SkinnyFarm feed in a blog, and multiple people could post to this feed from the SkinnyFarm admin area of that feed, and you could also post to the blog from the actual blog’s admin area.
The blogs RSS feed would include content from the SLE feed published posts as well, but if you subscribed to the SLE feed in an RSS Reader, you would only see the SLE published posts and not posts made at the actual blog.
To me this isn’t quite bi-directional, it is content published in one place and appearing in many, as long as the other places have a way to subscribe to the SLE feed.
The calendar example seems more like a bi-directional example, as publishing in one calendar will reflect in the other and vice versa, ie. it works 2 ways.
Here’s the skinny…
Now you can decide to post to this feed and/or subscribe to this feed.
So what we have here are communal feeds, anyone can post to the same feed.
A feed in SkinnyFarm doesn’t have a public HTML page, if you like you could make one by entering it on a service like SuprGlu, ie. basically giving your feed a blog home page.
NOTE: the feed page does have a heading on the bottom called “Recent Posts”, so this very well could be the public blog-type page for this blog
The only difference here is that SkinnyFarm edge feeds are communal, anyone can post to them.
The great thing about this is that you don’t have to go to SkinnyFarm to post to an edge feed, I’ll explain…
Besides posting to an edge feed, we also want to subscribe to the same edge feed to see what other people may be posting in the same feed (remember it’s a communal feed).
This is not a very good example, but you can see that by publishing to a communal feed it can act as a flat level discussion thread, kind of like a comments thread in a blog.
The part I don’t get is that when you look at the feed in your RSS Reader, after each item/post it says “Reply to or update this post”.
When you click on this all you are doing is creating a new post in this feed, which may be a reply type post or just a new post, but I don’t see how you update a post, because that would mean to me you would be re-editing a post, like a wiki type blog (bliki).
Now it gets even more juicy, when you post in a feed you also tag your post, what this means is that the post will appear in multiple places.
It will appear in the feed, and it will appear in the tag/s feed.
For example a post will appear in the feed:
This feed doesn’t have a public page so you will have to view it in an RSS Reader:
Tagging this post web2.0, blog, rss, sse…means this post will also appear in these tag feeds;
And lastly the post will have a permalink.
So the post I published appeared in 6 places: the feed, 4 tags, it’s own permalink.
Basically a post isn’t rigid, it can belong anywhere, I could post in a feed and give it a few tags, and someone can post a reply in the same feed but give it different tags, so you can have a linear conversation in the feed, but the conversation would be disconnected if replies chose different tags,
ie. if you were looking at a post at a tag page, how would you know which post it is having a conversation with, if that post isn’t in the same tag page. As long as all posts have a link to the feed page they belong to you will see both posts in the same linear page.
This reminds me of tag forums, or roving blog networks like Commongate, only with SkinnyFarm the one post can appear in multiple places, and you don’t have a user space of all your posts.
Chat blogging may fit into this scenario.
I see it like this….
You post in a feed, and choose various tags so this post appears in all these other places, it’s kind of like pushing your posts into Technorati Tags. With SkinnyFarm the feed you post in and the tags you choose are all in the same system, whereas usually you have your blog, and you have Technorati Tags.
Actually, my blog categories have feeds, so I don’t see publishing in SkinnyFarm any different to publishing in a blog…content appears in the main feed and category feeds.
But things change when in SkinnyFarm as there isn’t just one feed (blog), there are lots of feeds and they are all sharing the same category feeds…again this is what Technorati Tags is, a collective category/tag space.
So then SkinnyFarm may not be much different to a generic blog network like Sponit, feedXS, etc…as all the blogs (feeds) are in the same network and you can see posts from all blogs (feeds) filtered by category/tag.
Well, the main difference is that the user spaces are feeds and they are communal.
You would of noticed that at a SkinnyFarm feed you will see “Add to my personal feed”, all this means is that instead of subscribing to heaps of SkinnyFarm feeds, you can just subscribe to your Personal feed, as long as you add each feed to your personal feed…it’s like a dynamic spliced feed.
And lastly in the settings there is an option to add posts from your blog to a SkinnyFarm feed, kind of like re-syndicating del.icio.us links to your blog feed.
And it seems you can do the reverse, whenever you post anywhere in SkinnyFarm it will appear in a Blogger blog.
So you may not have to re-syndicate a SkinnyFarm feed into SuprGlu as you can just use the Blogger feature.
All your SkinnyFarm friends could post to the same Blogger blog…hmmm interesting.