Newsreaders & Personal Portals
As more RSS newsreaders begin to introduce APIs, the integration of syndicated content with such applications is becoming gradually more elegant.
Rather than copying and pasting feed URLs from content sources into your newsreader, Weather Underground has replaced the ubiquitous orange XML and RSS buttons with a pulldown Add To My Portal menu that adds the feed in question to one of several newsreaders – My Yahoo, Newsgator, Feedster, Kinja and Bloglines.
The description of a newsreader as ‘my portal’ is perfect. As more and more content (photos, radio, TV, music, blogs, web) becomes syndicated through XML, newsreaders are delivering on the vision of personalised portals without the usual MSN/Yahoo/ISP walled gardens.