Dashing towards RSS News

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-02-16 Print this article Print

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.
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.
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:

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including ExtremeTech.com, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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