Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Great RSS to Website Tool: FeedoStyle

FeedoStyle is a new service that allows people to pull any RSS feed into a stylized module on a web page. The idea is to allow blog and other website publishers to include new content directly onto their site in a very easy way.

The service is easy to set up and does not require the creation of a user account. The style and size of the module/widget is customizable - I’ve included one below with the memeorandum feed.

They offer a number of pre-defined feeds and, if you choose your own content, it will attempt to autodiscover the feeds for you. I’d like to see it offer the ability to include multiple feeds in a module, though, instead of having to create a separate module for each feed. Ideally, I’d like to add any number of feeds and select the number of items/posts included from each feed source.

FeedoStyle is also providing tools to use it on Ajax desktops/home pages like Netvibes and Pageflakes. While this grows the audience for their product, I don’t think many people will go to the trouble of integrating FeedoStyle into their online home pages since those tools are already included with the services.

Update: I had to remove the FeedoStyle script above and replace it with a static screenshot. It was causing performance issues.

Update: Adam Green points me to Grazr, which also allows OPML files (multiple feeds). And FeedDigest is a popular service which I will be reviewing once they’ve finished their next version. Still others are mentioned in the comments.

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