Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Looking at Feedster and Feedpapers

Feedster has long been the salvation of Blogger users who were lacking the ability to provide their readers with RSS feeds. Feedster would create an RSS feed from a blog site's content and enable the blogger to provide syndication. With the enabling of Atom, Blogger has at least provided one method of providing syndication, but not the more universally (for the time being) accepted RSS. With Feedster, Blogger users can have both Atom (natively from Blogger) and RSS (from Feedster) on their sites.

Going a step further, Feedster "is a must-use tool for anyone tracking the blogosphere of information." It is a search tool limited to blogs or blog topics. Doing a search on "Atom" brought up quite a bit of hash, including non-English sites in the top slots. Doing a search on "Atom and ZDNet" brought up Blogger Forum in the #2 slot for a blog done on Atom that referenced a ZDNet story. So, you have to phrase your searches carefully if you want good results. I have to say after signing up and trying it out, that I am quite impressed.

On deck is the new Feedster service called Feedpapers. As their news release repeated on BizLink said:

Feedpapers are customized web pages formed by combining syndicated Internet content - culled from the 500,000 newsfeeds continuously searched by Feedster, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today,, many IT publications, PRNewswire, and hundreds of thousands of blogs. A Feedpaper is a web-based and RSS-enabled micropublication on any topic of its creators choosing. Creating a Feedpaper enables its publisher to blend, track, and share information on any topic.