Dashing towards RSS News
Feeds"> Although blogging was front and center, new RSS capabilities were also shown at DEMO 2004. Web-based e-mail company Oddpost Inc. offered attendees a sneak peek of its forthcoming NewsDash service, an easy to use a Web-based RSS aggregator.Meanwhile, as RSS moves from single feeds to aggregation, the popular blog and RSS search engine, Feedster LLC, introduced FeedPaper, a new way to search and display RSS pages. FeedPaper lets users create their own custom RSS aggregations using up to 10 separate feeds, along with a search term. Once a FeedPaper has been created and stored, the aggregation can be accessed just like any other Web page, subscribed to with an RSS reader, or searched. Although anyone can set up a free FeedPaper at the Feedster site, the pages are limited to searching through just 10 RSS feeds. The company said it has worked with a number of organizations to create more advanced FeedPapers that can track information coming from a wide range of sources. Feedster showed one FeedPaper for John Kerry that tracks and lists news and blog postings about the presidential candidate. Other politically-oriented aggregations can be found at Feedsters political page. The company also offers a complete list of all the Feedpapers that have been created on Feedsters site. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader:
Due this spring, NewsDash will be free to use. In addition to providing a clean interface to find, subscribe and read feeds, NewsDash will let bloggers create automatic entries from RSS feed items. NewsDash will join Yahoos My Yahoo service and other Web-based RSS readers.