Posts Tagged ‘RSS’

Craigslist for Android No App Needed

February 28th, 2011

I have recently been searching Craigslist for a fishing boat for me and my 11 year old son. I love Craigslist for the endless amounts of stuff for sale, but their mobile offerings leave something to be desired.

Its no secret that I am an Android fan. So I decided to search out the Craigslist app in the Android Market. Apparently, Craigslist doesn’t have an app for Android. There are a bunch of different apps for Craigslist from different developers, but some of the reviews weren’t so favorable. Besides, I have an older Android (HTC Hero) that doesn’t have much internal space left, so I wanted to see if I could find a way to use what I currently have to keep on top of the boat listings.

Google Reader + Craigslist

I noticed the other day that Craigslist is kind enough to provide an RSS feed for your searches. Well…this is awesome!
I can simply setup my Craigslist boat search and then subscribe to the RSS feed using Google Reader as my default RSS reader.
Google has been kind enough to make Google Reader mobile enabled so it works seamlessly on my Android phone. I also now have the ability to share, like, add/edit tags and even send Craigslist ads via email. All without having to install any apps whatsoever!

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If you are having trouble finding the RSS feed for Craigslist or any other page you may want to add to Google Reader…try looking in the ‘Bookmarks’ or ‘Favorites’ menu item for RSS information. Or do like I do and hit up Google for the information 🙂

cyclur.com has a cool RSS widget

December 22nd, 2009


Cyclur.com offers a fully customizable widget for displaying any RSS feed. You can create a title for your widget and customize all the colors of the widget using a slick color chooser or inputting the color hex code of your choice. This makes it easy to blend the widget into your site so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Why use it?
Having an RSS widget on your site is an easy way to add engaging content to your page. Most likely this content will come from sources that enhance what you write about on your site. This offers your readers more information at no real cost to you.

Suggestions for the cyclur widget:

    Add a simple sizing option for the width of the widget. (I’m sure the code can be edited. But most people don’t want to mess with the code.)
    Make it so the RSS links in the widget open in a new tab/window. (Make it another option possibly.)
    Perhaps allow the use of multiple RSS feeds. (or direct users on how to create an RSS feed from multiple RSS sources.)

What Cyclur says:

If you need to find an effective way to implement information feeds onto your website then Cyclur is the way to get effective results. Cyclur is a free widget that allows users to customize and display RSS feeds on their site within minutes. It can display information from any RSS feed, allowing users to utilize multiple news feeds with a simple widget. It is also heavily customizable and easy to use. It is as simple as collecting the URL’s of desired RSS feeds, adjusting font colors, and copy and pasting provided code. Delivering fresh and consolidate content is a click away, get your Cyclur widget at www.cyclur.com.

http://www.cyclur.com/

PostRank Top Posts Widget

January 3rd, 2009

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PostRank was originally used as the tech name of AideRSS. i posted about AideRSS back when it came out and even included a little interview with one of the Developers that happened to be a good online friend of mine. that was 9 months ago and they have come a long way since then. they even decided to change the name of the Widget to be named like the tech behind it. so it is now simply named PostRank.

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The new widget got a little over 2 weeks old and now includes search along with a new more pleasant design. search is indeed a great addition because it allows for better user engagement with the widget and gives it more purpose turning it into a real utility widget instead of just display widget.  they got a new  widget page and the widget is fast to configure and customize.

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You enter the blog domain or feed and it will show you a instant live preview of the widget while you set the colors and the number of posts you want to display in it.

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Unfortunately. the PostRank Widget is still just JavaScript based and you can only count on 2 quick install options, one advanced option if you are using WordPress and the generic JS code for you to use in the sidebar. i truly wish they had a Flash or Silverlight based version of the widget. it would make it more appealing. the customization also leaves a lot to be desired and there is no way to adjust the size of the widget properly.

So, while it is a good widget. i feel it needs a little work to be what it should be and more options to be something great instead of something that can go from OK to Good depending what your Blog Platform is.

PostRank Widget

Newsgator Related Content Widgets

December 15th, 2008

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2008 was quite a year for newsgator in terms of Widgets. they went full force on them and have seriously improved from being a simple feed widget creation tool a year ago. to real contender in widget distribution, feed widget development and widget experimentation.  

Newsgator new bet is Related Content Widgets as a way to bet on themselves and what have they archived lately and to mine on their feed and data index.

Newsgator Related Content Widgets

In addition to allowing you to syndicate your content, NewsGator Technologies also offers a number of comprehensive of options and platforms to enhance the value of this content. Enhancement options – using data pulled from over 3 million unique, indexed feeds – include data services, a related content engine, and tailored white list services.

For instance, use our technology to give your audience a broader perspective around articles. NewsGator’s "Related Content" services deliver relevant headlines on your article pages giving your audience a reason to explore. You choose the sources; we’ll search for contextually relevant content. So whether you’re serving up additional headlines of your own content or from selected partners, NewsGator’s Related Content service will encourage your audience to keep clicking!

These add-on tools allow you to further personalize your content selection and network in a targeted and effective manner. This greatly enhances your ability to serve up additional headlines of your own content or from selected partners, adding significant value.

A related stories widget that offers readers headlines for stories they may be interested in.  It works quite simply: when they click on a headline, a fly-out window appears with the opening paragraphs of each story; another click reveals the full article, and ads can be embedded at every turn.

A related topics page which automatically presents contextually related topics to readers as key words.  Readers click on the key word of interest and are redirected to a page of stories relevant to the key word.

“Everyday we add 8.5 million new articles to our database, indexing and aggregating 3.6 million different feeds and archiving 4 years of content!  This huge database of content — in fact, the industry’s largest such repository of free content — a result of our pioneering RSS reading/delivery services, is offered to publishers who wish to supplement their own content with related stories from 3rd parties. We even track more than 44 million "relevance events" in this activity, ensuring related content is truly relevant!  It’s quite simple: the more content to draw from, and the better indexed that is, the better the related content supplied by our widget offerings.

What’s more, publishers have control over their widgets’ look and feel, search action, and content sources through our existing Editor’s Desk platform; this makes it quick and effortless to build, manage, and track these new related content widgets. And we also offer flexibility in pricing for our related content services: hosted (transaction based) and free (ad supported with revenue-sharing).”

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So. this new widget initiative by Newsgator is sure intriguing and responds directly to what has been happening lately with the craze of Social Content Sharing and Feed Widget Networks. what i find more interesting is that it work for both the small publisher side and the premium big publisher side in a multi threaded strategy. that is refreshing in times of economic recession. because how many times we have seen great plans and offerings without solid business plans that manage to offer value beyond traffic and exposure that fades away?. so of course the part of having a Additional Advertising Revenue stream will be the one that resonates the most. and in the end will be the one where the success for both newsgator and whoever gets to use it relies.

To that i suggest Newsgator that a proper public if possible white paper on how is this going to work should be in order. and it is something i will be looking for to share in here.

If this intrigues you and you desire to know more about it or set it up right away. Newsgator got two must read  Blog posts on that:

More about Newsgator Related Content Widgets

How to create a Newsgator Related Content Widget

After you have done with those. you should be read to go and sign up.

Related Content Widgets

 

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