Announcing the BrianMadden.com Community News Aggregator

By now everyone knows about RSS and how RSS feeds can "deliver" new content from blogs and news sites directly to your desktop. That said, how many people have moved beyond having "heard of" RSS and are actually using RSS?

By now everyone knows about RSS and how RSS feeds can "deliver" new content from blogs and news sites directly to your desktop. That said, how many people have moved beyond having "heard of" RSS and are actually using RSS?

Not many.

Personally, I read RSS feeds throughout the day. I use a news reader called "NewsFire" (Mac Only) that downloads the stories to my desktop. To me, these RSS items are just as critical as email, and this is how I keep tabs with what's going on in our industry. Then again, that's my job. A lot of other people don't have the time to mess with this stuff.

So anyway, I wanted to create a site where everyone could get an "at a glance" view of what's happening in the application delivery community. And that site is our BrianMadden.com Community News Aggretor. (www.brianmadden.com/news)

This site is dirt-simple. It's just a website that pulls content from all of the RSS feeds in our industry. It lists everything in reverse-chronological order on a single page. We took cues from Google for styling. There are no ads. No popups. No voting or ranking. And the links go directly back to the source articles. (Oh, and it's also really, really fast.)

The site automatically updates itself every hour. People who have seen this site have said, "Hey! This nothing more than an RSS feed aggretor!" Our answer? "Excatly!"

The other cool aspect of this site is that we added a couple of custom Google search engines. There's a link to the same new community search that's on BrianMadden.com that we announced a few weeks ago. However, we also added a "tech support" community search engine. This tech support search engine searches all of the support sites in our industy (but only the support sections of each site). For instance, it includes the BrianMadden.com forums, the Citrix forums and KB, the Microsoft KB, the THIN list archive, the DABCC forums, etc.

So check out the new site and let us know what you think. This certainly isn't going to replace anything that we're doing on BrianMadden.com--it's just a one-stop page for you to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in our industry.

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Hi Brian,
 
Might I offer http://www.cug.co.nz/rss.xml for inclusion in the aggregator?
 
Regards,
 
CUG
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Good call, New Zealander with no name. I've just added that feed to the news site and that site to the community search engine.

Brian
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Thanks for this one!!
I've added this feed to my own feed aggregator: http://oxle.com/my_feeds.asp?group=tech
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I'm waiting for the first instance of a "news" item bouncing around between aggregators until one of them runs out of disk space!
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Oh man! Great idea Tim! I just registered newstornado.com.

On another note, this is a great example of why I don't include other news aggregators in this aggregator.

Brian
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now i can use feedblitz to have the feed of this valuable news page delivered to my inbox daily!
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A free Feed Reader/News Aggregator http:
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Hi Brian,
 
My rss feed is http://www.citrixxperience.com/blog/?feed=rss2. If you'd like, you can include my blog in your community search: http://www.citrixxperience.com/blog. It has very original information that no one else writes about.
 
Regards,
Jeff
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Hi Brain,
 
its a good idea, i also though to do this, but i though.
 
there are a lot of sites who are already doing this such as www.thincomputing.net
 
regards,
Bjorn
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