Friday, March 24, 2006

RSS Subject Collections - FeedRinse can help!

Check out FeedRinse.com. This new service allows you to filter your RSS feeds to include (or exclude) keyword phrases, authors or tags! Very cool! At least on initial testing, it seems to do this very well, with little effort, and right out of the box.

There are lots of great mixers out there (see RSSMix, as an example) that will allow you to splice together mulitiple feeds, but other than FeedDigest, none do a great job of filtering those feed collections down for concepts or subjects.

If we're going to put together RSS Subject Collections, we need to be able to mix together multiple quality sources on a subject, then filter things down to a conceptual level. If HBS Working Knowledge publishes an article on 'Global Economics', we want it in our Economics subject feed. What we don't need is all the other stuff, which is where filters like FeedRinse come in.

Librarians in the room take notice. Want to know where the future of our profession is? Mix together some traditional collection development theory with these tools to combine & filter RSS feeds -- the results are a truly dynamic product (and profession).

1 Comments:

Blogger Mark Wilson said...

reBlogger builds "subject collections" right out the box. That's what it is designed to do.
http://www.topxml.com/built_with_reblogger/default.aspx

Enjoy!

3:55 PM  

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