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Suzannah Porter

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started by Suzannah Porter on 08 Oct 07
  • Suzannah Porter
     
    Just a small suggestion:

    With the POWERFUL tools on feeds and feed management that DIIGO has to offer, I suggest we flesh this out just a tad more...

    Google reader really hit it off in the reviews and the subscribers with the 'shared' feeds option - mostly because people could choose the best of their feeds and republish them. Basically, they mark each article in the feed reader that they want to share, and a feed is set up just of those articles. Made a huge advance on other feed readers that way.

    There are many reasons for this - but here is what i think the most compelling is - SPEED. people who like feeds (this is growing exponentially by the way) are people who are too busy to go website to website. Google Reader's function of marking articles and sharing articles from many feeds republished into one feed allows people to subscribe to others shared feed, and take the speed even farther. we dont have to search through all the sites because we have feeds, then we dont have to search through all the feeds because we can subscribe to shared feeds that include the best articles of our interest feed into one feed... enter DIIGO. Diigo can not only share the articles of a particular interest by tag rss - DIIGO folk can actually just clip the important clips of the articles. Its the fastest speed yet - the key points of the key articles of the key feeds of the topic of interest.

    DIIGO has their own spin on this with what you already offer - rss feeds on groups, lists, and tags. It applies to this same excited niche of people who like to republish articles in a feed, but actually goes so many steps farther because our users actually comment on those articles with highlights and stickies. The RSS feed that comes from any given tag (or now lists and community) is extremely customized and only covers clips of the article - the bottom line of the article - which is yet another speed factor.

    Ok, so what am i getting at???

    I really think with all the feed ability DIIGO has could ride this wave because it is the same niche but no well designed competing products. I desperately need a MY FEEDS section!!! Somewhere where I can manage the feeds from my lists, groups, tags, etc. Rename them as news wires, offer them as publications for all those people out there looking for the bottom line of any given topic delivered directly to them. Once we can easily turn our feeds into publications on niches that focus on the bottom line that all busy people desperately need to get to, I think DIIGO could grow leaps and bounds. There you have firmly launched and expansion far beyond just bookmarking, slides, and research - but right into web design, marketing, and so much more.

    Just my thoughts. :)

    two other plugs ---- whats up with the invites for the beta? I am SALIVATING. 2. Whats up with the fact that the highlight button is all screwy now and i have to use the diigolet?

    Thanks for listening. DIIGO ROCKS and i salute you pioneers!!!

    -Suzannah
  • Wade Ren
     
    thanks for this thoughtful piece. I think you are right on.

    --- I desperately need a MY FEEDS section!!! Somewhere where I can manage the feeds from my lists, groups, tags, etc.

    What do you like to do with "managing the feeds"?
  • Suzannah Porter
     
    sorry..thats going to be my personal account and this my professional account...

    anyway...

    looks like i am not alone... i just found this post on the delicious blog... its compelling to me. its at:
    http://blog.del.icio.us/blog/2007/03/rss_has_a_flavo.html

    (FROM DELICIOUS)

    Did you know that well over half of the requests seen by del.icio.us are for RSS feeds? That means that people cruising around our site in browsers are actually in the minority, when it comes down to raw traffic. Instead, our heaviest hitters include personalized home pages, desktop news aggregators, and even stranger things.

    With that in mind, it makes sense to remember that small changes can have a big impact. Thus, given that our feeds have been doing a decent job this far, they haven't changed much from their austere beginnings.

    Decent isn't great, though. So, as the team's semi-official (and published!) feed junkie, I've been working on some small improvements. I've been looking into how our feeds are used and how to better streamline and present our information in different contexts. These improvements include features like:

    * including tag descriptions in feed titles and descriptions where available;
    * offering the ability to save bookmarks straight from your feed reader;
    * displaying an up-to-date count of saves, without making items appear new again in feed readers;
    * building more useful feed content with links to people, tags, and more bookmark details;
    * providing more metadata where it seems useful, or less where it appears redundant.

    And, this is just the start. We're rolling these changes out gradually, on a per-user-agent basis, and we're planning for more. So, if you don't see any improvements in your favorite feed reader yet-or if the changes haven't quite hit their mark for you-be sure to contact us and let us know!
  • Wade Ren
     
    I really like that you are using diigo's annotation features to produce newsletter-like feeds.

    Have you checked out our lists and webslides features? It seems to offer much of what you want for publishing, such as title and description. please let me know if that works for you.
  • Tom Tullio
     
    I know I'm late to this discussion, but wanted to go on record as saying that I hope the new release includes PRIVATE RSS ADDRESSES (a la Google Calendar and many of the other online productivity apps.)

    I don't think a user should have to make his/her bookmarks public in order to embed them into feed readers, Firefox, or widgets. Of course, being able to do so by tag, list, etc. would be most excellent, but even just a single straight feed of all saved bookmarks would be a big step in the right direction.
  • Wade Ren
     
    There are several ways to go about this.

    You can keep your bookmarks private, but you can add them to a list or a group. You can then use the rss address of the list or the group to publish elsewhere.

    You can do this even if the group is private . In the new release, a private list will also have a secret rss address.

    Hope these solve your needs.
  • Suzannah Porter
     
    This is not the case.

    If a bookmark is private, and then it is placed in a list, it will not show up in the RSS feed. If it is converted to public, than it WILL show up in the RSS feed.

    The only difference is that if a comment is marked private on a public bookmark, the private comment will appear in the RSS feed of a public bookmark residing on a private list. But, as Tom says above, the bookmarks must be public to show up on the private list's RSS feed - even with the new release.


    Wade Ren wrote:
    > There are several ways to go about this.
    >
    > You can keep your bookmarks private, but you can add them to a list or a group. You can then use the rss address of the list or the group to publish elsewhere.
    >
    > You can do this even if the group is private . In the new release, a private list will also have a secret rss address.
    >
    > Hope these solve your needs.

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