I used to tag items and then syndicate the feed for that tag to aggregate stuff I liked in public (eg the Unbreakable Reads feature at the bottom of the kalebeul homepage) as well as for several private collaborative things not a million miles removed from Iranian usage to spread politically sensitive information.
Unfortunately, in pursuit of the bottom line (ie forcing the generally smart Reader user base to adopt the pretty stupid Google Plus) this type of social functionality is being disappeared. Moreover, Google, presumably to prevent traffic leaching away from Plus, seems to be aggressively liquidating RSS/Atom feed-enablers for profiles/ Circles, which might have been a feasible (albeit pain-in-the-arse) alternative.
And so I’m going to have to find an alternative way of sharing items from the 700 or so feeds I follow more or less regularly, or I suppose chant the “RSS is dead” chorus once and withdraw to the hermitage forever. Any suggestions? (And any suggestions on how to export archives of tagged items? Their data liberation hype is just that.)
This is a bigger trauma than the famous “upgrade” to the Google Docs word processor application, which was simplified, Americanised (many of the keyboard shortcuts don’t work with non-US setups), and slowed-down so successfully that I’m back on Microsoft Word for almost everything. But hey, all’s fair in love and competing-with-Facebook-for-the-lowest-common-denominator. And let’s see how long Google Maps remains free for smaller users.
- InoReader is my replacement for Google Reader
At last I can go back to reading all the rubbish you publish.
- More on the Google Docs debacle
Response from Sales to one Peter Harvey re the new release: “We at google use our own tools and have been using this new interface for a while now and I have not experienced any dire loss of functionality with it. However, we do have requests for more sorting functionalities – by name, by file type, …
- Using RSS/Atom feeds with JSON to drive a Simile Timeline
This application of MIT Simile’s marvellous Timeline widgety thing is based around WordPress and RSS, but with small tweaks should be applicable to Movable Type, Atom and so on.
You may prefer to use a fine hosted service like MyTimelines if you don’t have the time to do this and if you’re prepared to accept their limitations …
- Playing base
Wynand Myburgh may be part of the Mark Liberman/Chris Waigl “base” eggcorn complex. The 28 “base guitar” ghits in Google Books include such sterling refs as Asante & Mazama’s Encyclopedia of Black Studies, and the following passage from Black Ice by C Rowe Myers seems to confirm that in some cases writers are using it in accordance …