Early 2009, I started using Friendfeed as a way to aggregate various sources of web links to share. August that year, Facebook bought FriendFeed, ripped out the innovators, and left the site to bleed to death. (I’m sure it felt less dramatic to the fine folks who built it.)
I’ve had a nagging feeling since, wanting to move away, but (luckily) the great features of their service stayed on air, and (sadly) no real open alternative showed up. But with the 1.6.0 release of tt-rss, my current news reader, came a “share…” bookmarklet, with the lacking piece of the puzzle: a way to inject any web page into a feed of web links to share.
When I suggested what I still missed, the developer almost instantaneously responded, completing the feature for my use case.
(By the way, you may notice communications on the tt-rss forum isn’t quite according to “customer care guidelines” – we don’t have a client-vendor relation anyway – but please also note the speed of delivery. Of course, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, and enjoy your cheap happy meals or expensive restaurant dinners.)
So: now I can plug RSS feeds into my feed reader (just when Facebook and Twitter are replacing open standards with closed APIs). Share individual pages too. And publish feeds to my own website and other locations.
You can see my “stream of links” on the right as its own feed. But to take the experiment a little further, I’m working on a weekly (automatic) update of my blog too. Here’s a first (alpha) version bulletin.
My selection of updates from around the web, published last week:
Canada publishes to IATI
1 Nov 2012, Nicole ValentinuzziThe Canadian International Development Agency (Agence canadienne de développement international) has…
UNOPS launches open information hub
1 Nov 2012, Nicole ValentinuzziData covering five years of spending by United Nations organizations has now been made available on …
Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid | Video on TED.com
30 Oct 2012One key: connecting the players who are working to change broken systems with the data they need. …
What Exactly is a Hackathon? And What is Open Data?
30 Oct 2012, L. FinchIn an earlier post, we announced the next regional hackathon for Latin America: Developing Latin Ame…
EFF: ‘Ubuntu Shopping Lens A Major Privacy Problem’
29 Oct 2012, Joey-Elijah SneddonThe Electronic Frontier Foundation have published a critique of Ubuntu 12.10′s ‘Shoppi…
Ukraine: Technology for Transparent Elections
27 Oct 2012, Tetyana BohdanovaOn October 28, Ukrainians will elect their parliament. With the current president's main politic…
What to make of Ai Wei Wei’s “Gangnam Style”?
26 Oct 2012, EthanIt’s a good time to be PSY. The Korean rapper has become an international celebrity with the u…
#vacature ICT Specialist, Nigeria – Abudja
25 Oct 2012Background of the organizationCordaid combines more than 90 years’ experience and expertise in emerg…
Risks of Data Portability
24 Oct 2012, schneierPeter Swire and Yianni Lagos have pre-published a law journal article on the risks of data portabili…
#vacature Technical Adviser – Den Haag
24 Oct 2012IICD is a non-profit foundation that specialises in information and communication technology (ICT) a…
More on Belgian e-Voting
23 Oct 2012, ropSigh, it’s all so depressingly predictable. My last post contained some headlines on problems…
New Wireframe Project wizard, mobile project templates
23 Oct 2012, Peter SeverinHi everyone!
Today’s release brings a new Wireframe Project wizard that makes it easier to get…