Should I choose to, I would like to read your blog entirely within my RSS reader. WordPress seems to have a funny quirk where in Firefox or Safari environments, each item in the feed gets cut off abruptly shortly after getting started.Learn More
Google Reader, Search & Maps were probably the first application(s) that I installed on my shiney new Blackberry Curve 8310. I uninstalled all the Yahoo! related apps because I just don’t Yahoo!, no grudge or anything, but I wasn’t an active user of their services.
I checked out m.yahoo.com when ReadWriteWeb blogged “Yahoo! Rolls Out New Mobile Web Campaign.” When I tried to load the URL on my phone, I got some sort of runaround and eventually figured that only the iPhone was included so far. Maybe I was missing something, or maybe things have changed, but Yahoo OneConnect does now load on my Blackberry. It’s a little underwhelming until you hit “Upgrade to Yahoo Go!”
The interface is very pretty. I was able to sort of quickly download and add a few widgets (Kraft Recipes, Wikipedia, and Facebook GO). A search for twitter finds nothing, which means I will probably not end up using Yahoo Go regularly, if at all.
With a big of back and forthing, I got Facebook Go working however I keep getting an offline access disabled message/warning that I can’t seem to enable no matter how many times I try. So that takes up half of the first screenlength. (Screenshot)
It’s not until the fourth screenlength that I get to see my notifications. If I’m on the go, I think that I would definitely want to be able to see a) my notifications/action items, and b) newsfeed. Facebook Go starts with status, location and photo uploads – two of which I can do via mobile email or SMS/MMS, so I don’t really find that worth putting above notifications. Facebook for Blackberry has a nice horizontal nav across the top, and then your recent notifications aggregated below on the main screen. Facebook for Blackberry definitely has its limitations, but I’m preferring it to Facebook Go hands down.
Now should we get to feeds? The news tool in your default “carousel” of Yahoo Go widgets looks fantastic. I like the very iPhone popup that I assume is showing me my most recent feed item.
Once I click into the widget, it is prepopulated with a variety of Yahoo! feeds (sports, news, etc). I can add my own feeds one at a time, or I can go to my.yahoo.com on my computer and manage my feeds from there. Googling and yahoo’ing around don’t find me any way of importing in my feeds from Google Reader and I sure as heck am not adding 500+ feeds one at a time. Game over.
However, I also installed the Feed Reader widget. Trying to open this gets me straight to a connection issue – even on repeat efforts.
So, despite the slick interface, I will be sticking with Google Reader supplemented with Facebook for Blackberry and Twitterberry. If you want to be my mobile start page, I’d be happy to downsize to one service instead of three – but in the meantime, I won’t be switching to Yahoo Go. (Also, I got a prompt to set up pin-locking on my blackberry to keep my use of Yahoo Go secure. This means I have to type in my password everytime I want to unlock my phone – a total pain for someone who isn’t concerned about nosey boyfriends or gossip girl wannabees. So not only will I not use Yahoo Go, but I’ll be uninstalling it so I can take this pin-lock off).
I’m a huge advocate of RSS, always. Recently I put some thought into how to pull RSS content into the new Facebook Page format, in a somewhat professional/aesthetic presentation.
There are many RSS applications available for Facebook Page owners. Most, if not all, of these have a very “functional” (aka stark and awkward) appearance, and also are heavily stamped with the name and brand of the RSS application. What you really want is for it to be stamped with your own brand, right?
Just one feed?
Use the Notes application. You can plug in any RSS feed and have your Notes page automatically pull in new items. The Notes page has a nice, soft, Facebook appearance and does all the right things such as providing headlines and teaser paragraphs etc.
More than one feed?
You probably already knew about Notes! You probably are only using an RSS application such as RSS-Connect, or Simply RSS, because you have more than one blog or feed you want to share – and Notes only supports a single feed!
What I recommend is combining your feeds into a single feed, and then using this new aggregate feed with the Notes application. Sites such as rssmix.com will combine any number of feeds for you in just a few clicks, and then provide a randomly generated URL for your new aggregate feed. If you want to add or remove a feed from the mix, you’ll end up with a new random URL. Switching URL’s is something you want to avoid, because everytime you do so you will lose any subscribers that had been following the original URL.
FeedBurner.com allows you to create an account, plug in your random URL (from rssmix.com) and then outputs a new vanity URL such as www.feedburner.com/your_brand. This is the URL that you want to plug into Notes. FeedBurner is great because you can go in and change the “input” URL anytime and continue using the same output/vanity URL – as well FeedBurner is one of the few ways I know to track traffic on your RSS feed!
So to recap:
Step 1: combine all RSS feeds via http://www.rssmix.com/
Step 2: register at http://www.feedburner.com and plug in the URL you got from http://www.rssmix.com/
Step 3: go to Facebook and plug your feedburner.com URL into the Notes application
Step 4: Any time you change your rssmix URL, log into FeedBurner and simply replace the old URL with the new one
- Your Facebook Page pulls in multiple feeds into a single, exciting, and attractive page (the Notes tab)
- Your Facebook Page feed updates everytime one of your blogs has a new item (new note is created)
- You have a vanity RSS URL that you can also choose to use on your homepage or on other social platforms
- You have statistics on the use of your RSS feed via FeedBurner
- Notes will push a headline about each new story to your Wall/Stream tab
Let me know if you’re handling this differently, I’d love to know your approach!Learn More