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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Aggregator uses

According to Wikipedia:

An aggregator or news aggregator is a type of computer program (such as application software or a web application) that collects syndicated Web content, such as RSS and other XML feeds from weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites. (Aggregator)

For me, the main reason to use an aggregator is the ability to know when a blog or other news source gets updated. There are desktop aggregators and web based aggregators. Some cost money and some are free. My personal choice is Bloglines, a free web-based aggregator. (Wikipedia: Aggregator list.)

Apart from blogs, podcasts, and newspapers, a lot of other data on the web can be read in an aggregator. A few interesting examples are:

  • Guest listings for late night TV shows, by date or specific show. I don't know how they're doing it, but has all the American shows.
  • Cease and desist letters submitted to Chilling Effects.
  • Earthquake activity. New Madrid usually has some activity almost every day. But, it has been eerily quiet for the last week.

Each of those pages provides a link which can be loaded into the aggregator.

Posted by Marie at November 2, 2005 8:22 PM


another good use: comics. no need to be beholden to the local paper's stale comics page selection when you can make your own. works great for flickr streams too.

Posted by: jason at November 2, 2005 8:47 PM