Re: RSS browser (was: Flock?)

14 Sep 2005 - 5:17pm
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Zachary Benz
2004

Rick,

A slightly different take on the RSS browser I use is an RSS news
ticker:

http://www.mesadynamics.com/tickershock.htm

This has an interface along the lines of what you're talking about -
new RSS items are added to a ticker that runs across the bottom of my
screen continuously. I can double-click any of them to go to the
original site and read the article in its native format. I think
this is really the true power of RSS - being able to aggregate titles
so you can determine what is worth spending more time on. By having
it constantly scrolling on the screen I can catch interesting stories
as they come up. Sure, I may miss a few, but this is better than
manually poring over a list N times a day, possibly finding nothing
of interest in the process. It also helps that most sites update
infrequently (like daily), so the same news items scrolls past
multiple times, giving me multiple opportunities to notice it. I
have completely given up on browser type RSS aggregators - they're
just too inconvenient.

In fact, I kind of wish the subject lines for incoming emails would
also scroll along in a newsticker like this - I could pick out the
important ones when I notice them, and ignore the rest. This instead
of having to periodically context switch over to my email app to see
what's new.

Surprisingly to me, the ticker really isn't that distracting. I'm
not really sure why that is, but I suspect that, like a newsticker on
CNN, my eyes are focused on action elsewhere, so it really doesn't
distract me when I'm attending to something else. My peripheral
vision can pick up on the yellow star in the ticker denoting new
posts, however, affording me a chance to take a quick glance down to
see if it's interesting.

-Zach

On Sep 14, 2005, at 3:36 PM, Rick Cecil wrote:
>
> I wonder if someone is working on an RSS browser that actually
> takes you to
> the post's web page and uses the RSS feed just to determine when a
> page has
> been updated... You'd have a list of the most recent posts from an
> RSS feed
> and could move forward and backward in the list--but you would
> actually be
> visiting the site to read the post (as opposed to reading the text
> from the
> RSS feed).
>
> -Rick
>
>
> On 9/14/05, dani malik <dani at jimreed.net> wrote:
>
>>
>> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
>> material.]
>>
>> More and more sites and web based applications are becoming
>> aggregators
>> for
>> content rather than composers of it. Especially with regard to
>> text, I'm
>> wondering if graphic design could be a casualty of that transition.
>>
>> I don't readily separate graphic and UI design -- I think good
>> graphic
>> design does wonders for usability. I am a visual person and
>> graphic design
>>
>> adds to my enjoyment of content. I'm really not crazy about
>> reading my RSS
>> feeds on my Bloglines or crawling through text-only websites like
>> useit.com <http://useit.com>.
>> Customizing the aggregator doesn't take into account how graphic
>> design
>> interacts with content....
>>
>> Thoughts?
>>
>> dani
>>
>>
>> --
>> Dani Malik
>> Interaction Designer
>> Laszlo Systems
>> w. 650.358.2744
>> c. 415.279.7978
>>
>>
>> ----------
>>
>>
>>> Related post:
>>> http://www.digital-web.com/articles/web_2_for_designers/
>>> By Richard MacManus & Joshua Porter
>>>
>>> "The Web of documents has morphed into a Web of data. We are no
>>> longer
>>>
>> just
>>
>>> looking to the same old sources for information. Now we're
>>> looking to a
>>>
>> new
>>
>>> set of tools to aggregate and remix microcontent in new and useful
>>>
>> ways."
>>
>>>
>>>
>>
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