I recently saw mention of a web app called Fwicki via Ajaxian. Fwicki is labeled as a “RSS reader that you can tailor to your interest” and that remind me of a personal project I was working on a few months ago called TNT Feeder.
|Add a RSS feed here. You can see in the example, I have three feeds; Techcrunch, Digg and Slashdot|
|Each feed is expanded and inside the feeds are filters. The one selected is called “Just Titles and Diggs” under the Digg feed, which, you guessed it, took the feed from the Digg site, parsed it, and spit out a feed that only contained Titles and digg counts|
|The selected filter in step two causes this area to populate with the feed/filter information|
|The is the link to the feed that will generate based on my filter|
|Here are the nodes contained in the original feed. I can check off which nodes I want in my parsed feed, as well as specify a character limit on the data in that node|
|Set up the number of items to return|
|Set up the access to this feed. Whoever I give the parsed RSS link to, I could limit the number of times they can request new data|
I don’t think this project is a tool worth building for mass use, but it sure was a fun experiment and also helped me get more practice navigating XML nodes with PHP.