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Hot Donkey! I logged into my Zooomr account this morning and saw that they’ve released an RSS feed for my zipline. They’ve also paginated zipline for Zooomr pro accounts. This allows me to see more than just the last 20 or so entries from my contacts.
If you haven’t tried out zipline yet, you really should check it out. It’s like Twitter, only for photos. When Twitter first started to take off on the web, I couldn’t figure out why people would want to post mundane details of their life, but after playing around with Zooomr’s zipline over the last month or two, I’ve started to really appreciate the benefits to being restricted to just 250 characters.
For those of you who read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I have a tendency to be a little long winded with some of my posts. I try to write shorter blog entries, but once my mind gets preoccupied on a topic, it’s hard for me to keep things short and sweet.
For the most part, I think that people prefer unique analysis over a couple of sentences and a quick link, but the downside to this is that because of the amount of time it takes to write my posts, there tend to be a lot of topics I want to write about, but never get around to (or at least I don’t get around to it until it’s too late.)
Right now readers can use my Profilatic mashup if they are really interested in what I’m bookmarking and digging, but there is no way for me to explain why something might be of interest or my thoughts on a web page that I’m clipping.
When I first started using Zipline, it was really hard for me to get used to the 250 character limitation, but the more I use the service, the more I appreciate that it forces me to be concise.
Because the RSS feeds are so new, I suspect that it will take a few weeks before Zooomr gets the bugs worked out, but the major benefit of having access to my Zipline feed is that it allows me to integrate Zipline content into other areas of the web.
As an experiment, I’ve installed the BDP RSS Aggregator on DFDC. This allows me to mashup my zipline directly into my website. Right now, Zooomr hasn’t released an RSS feed for all of my friend’s ziplines, but by combining my own feed with the BDP RSS aggregator, it at least allows me to broadcast my zipline on the net and on other sites that I use.
I’m still having some problems with how the feed is formating, so I’ll still be experimenting with other widgets, but keep an eye on this feature because I plan on using it more regularly in order to showcase the many great blog articles that I come across each day.
As more users begin to experiment with the feed, I’m sure that we’ll see the community figure out even better ways to mashup the content, but for now this small feature allows you to do some pretty creative things with the technology that is already out there. If you’d like to subscribe to my zipline feed directly, you can find it here.
Update – I’m having trouble getting the feed to display right. The photos look good, but my posts are showing up twice. I know that there is a way for me to use html and tell wordpress to strip out the titles, but I’m still trying to find the code for it. If any one has any suggestions on a plugin that will let me publish just the content of the posts and not the headlines, feel free to make suggestions. In the meantime, I’m going to take the zipline down while I figure out a way to improve the cosmetics.