Two independent sources of information, interconnected triggered this post.
The first one was from Emily Chang's eHub, one of the greatest sources of applications of read-write web (think web 2.0, if you want). It is called SocialMail. Check out the link. Some cool ideas there.
SocialMail can help you turn email into feeds. Why do you need SocialMail? Why would you want to convert an email into a web feed? Lots of reasons!
The idea seems attractive. How about reading all my mail from an RSS reader? I pushed that thought into my idea stack, bookmarked the site in del.icio.us and moved on.
Google is supposed to have tested a RSS feed service for Gmail in their GoogleLabs in 2004. This service put new incoming messages of a Gmail account into a RSS feed. Then if you subscribe to that feed you will see your new Gmail messages directly into your web feed reader. What an excellent idea!
Fred goes on to outline some benefits of using RSS Feed readers.
I thought about all the things that we can aggregate in these days: blog content, incoming emails, UPS package delivery status, calendar events, etc, etc, etc. Then I realized: people have all that content in their face, but what can they do with it?
And suggests an email example:
So, I just received an email from Sophie. Instead of opening my email client to answer her (what would be really, really unproductive), my web feed reader detect that the incoming web feed item is an email and let me answer directly from its interface. Wow, one single application to do all these things.
Mind bombs go off in my head. What if:
- We can write modules to handle each type of feed? A contact module, a calendar module, a review module etc. The contact module would recognize FOAF information from the feed and perform a set of operations (updating my address book, for example). The calendar module may update my calendar entries.
- We turn web pages into RSS Feeds (already being done)?
- We can develop custom modules to handle each microformat as Feed extensions?
There is a lot to think about.
So here is the next step in the evolution of Web Feed Readers:
– Feed readers can understand different types of feeds (email feeds,