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Kevin [PersonRank 0]

Friday, October 13, 2006
14 years ago2,492 views

The new Docs & Spreadsheet service allows creators to attach RSS feeds to individual documents they create:

"To get an RSS feed for your documents, click on “Settings” along the top of the Active Documents & Spreadsheets list page, and select the “RSS Feeds” tab. From here you can change and view your RSS feed settings.
If you want to view changes to an individual document, click on the “Collaborate” tab in the doc’s edit window, and select “View RSS feed of document changes.”"

I'm sure we'll see creative uses of this feature.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

yes, this is powerfull main stream consumation of RSS

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Over at Ask, we've been trying to get more people involved with RSS since it's far from a tool that the masses use. I did several live presentations this week and most people didn't use it or knew about it but didn't have the time to get it going.

Two things.

1) Smart RSS.
When a searcher triggers certain searches, RSS feeds appear at the top of the page BEFORE the ads. Not just blogs.

Examples:
ask.com/web?q=blogoscoped& ...
ask.com/web?q=om+malik&qsr ...

and not only blogs:
ask.com/web?q=fda+recalls& ...
ask.com/web?q=new+science+book ...
NOTE: This publisher offers the full text, full image of all of their publications for free. Very authoritative source.

ask.com/web?q=hurricane+warnin ...

Also, although Ask owns Bloglines we've made our blog and feed search engine (Ask version) open to other aggregators and networks.
For example:
ask.com/blogsearch?qsrc=1& ...

You can subscribe to any feed with not only Bloglines but with Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc.
You can also share with blogger, digg, deliciois.

The other thing I hear on an almost daily basis from even major users of RSS overload is becoming an issue for many. So many feeds, so little time.

Utills [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Could this be a start to group together various threads of news. For example when Google released docs and spreadsheets, my RSS reader had reviews from all sorts of different feeds from BBC Tech News to this blog. A case can be made that these should be intelligently grouped together so they can be read like a discussion.

I know from an AI point of view it would be very difficult but I was thinking from more of a social networks point of view. To have a system where users could easily link one post with another so that over time the system can learn and auto group posts together.

I think Techmeme does this sort of this for news, as does Google News in a different way.

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