Jessica Mintz from the Wall Street Journal wrote an article titled Me, Me, Me. The article presents a few websites that help keeping the deluge of online information easy to deal with by organizing and personalizing the news based on your interests.
I believe, and I’m sure you do too, that there is too much information and too many sources of information. This overload of information leads you to make choices on what information you want to consume (topics that interest you) and how.
Since I am interested in Oracle and ColdFusion, I subscribe to many Oracle and ColdFusion blogs. I read these blogs via my feed Reader. For my other news, I unsubscribed from all the Google News feeds, and I just started to use Findory.com. From their Help section:
Findory brings you news articles from thousands of worldwide sources. We build a personalized newspaper for each reader. The more articles you click on, the more personalized Findory will look. Our Personalization Technology adapts the website to show you interesting and relevant news based on your reading habits. There is too much news out there for anybody to keep up. We’re here to help. Sound complicated? It isn’t. Findory is really easy to use: just click on the articles which interest you. We’ll do the rest. No signup, no complicated configuration.
Findory was founded in 2004 by Greg Linden, the engineer behind Amazon’s recommendations engine.
There are many news stories I could care less about. Findory offers exactly what I need, a personalized newspaper. It also has a clean, clutter free interface, which I like too.
How do you keep up with the flood of information? What is your favourite news website? How and when do you read your daily news?Comments Off | Filed in Interesting, Technology | Tags: News
I will take you through the three easy steps that I followed to set up OraNA. You can follow the same steps to set up your own aggregator if you wish.
I will also share with you the features that make OraNA unique, like the ability for anyone to contribute feed items, the aggregation of feeds for websites that do not have feeds (like Jonathan Lewis’s web site), and the option to “plug-n-play” the aggregator on any website or blog, with just one line of code.
Here is how I (re)created OraNA:
1 – Set up the feeds in Google Reader:
Recently Google Reader introduced the ability to share labels. Using this feature, you can subscribe to many feeds, label them with a specific label, and then share that label. A shared label has one unique feed URL. subscribing to that one shared label feed is the same as subscribing to every feed with the same label.
So, I subscribed to all the feeds that I wanted to include in OraNA, labeled them “oracle” and then turned on sharing on that label.
2 – Created the OraNA feed in FeedBurner:
3 – Added the sources to BlogRolling:
Now, when I want to add a new feed to OraNA, all what I need to do is to subscribe to the feed I want to add in Google Reader, label it “oracle” and add it to the blogroll in BlogRolling.
OraNA aggregates the feed for http://del.icio.us/OracleNews. I created the OracleNews del.icio.us account specifically for OraNA. If you have a del.icio.us account, links that you tag for:oraclenews will appear in OraNA. I will have to approve the links first before publishing them to OraNA (i.e. save them to OracleNews).
OraNA has a Firefox extension, get it here.
OraNA aggregates ALL the blogs listed in blogs.oracle.com, including ALL Oracle executive blogs, ALL Oracle employee blogs and ALL Oracle non-employee blogs. I will make sure that new blogs added to blogs.oracle.com, will also be aggregated by OraNA.
New feed content normally appears on OraNA within few minutes from publishing. Updated feed content will also reappear on OraNA.
OraNA includes Jonathan Lewis’ feeds for jlcomp.demon.co.uk/faq/ind_faq.html and jlcomp.demon.co.uk/ind_misc.html. I know, these pages do not have an RSS feed, but with the help of feed43.com or Ponyfish, everything is possible :). Here is the feed for the FAQ page, and here is the feed for the articles page.
And to list the sources, add this code:
Happy news reading
Important Note: If you are already subscribed to the OraNA feed, make sure you use http://feeds.feedburner.com/orana to continue receiving updates.6 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed, Google, News