Feedvolley is a new project I collaborated on with Kyle Bragger. It began when Kyle and I found we each had the same idea at the same time and so we set out to build it – Kyle, who is one of the brightest coders I’ve met and among the rare total developers that master the whole range from visual design to server side, is responsible for everything that looks good in Feedvolley, as well as for the name itself.
Another use is to skin existing websites. You can take content from any website with an RSS feed and use Feedvolley to present it with a different HTML skin. For example, here’s the NY Times’ homepage in a different layout. There’s a nice subversive potential here, and having complete control over your HTML/JS/CSS allows for a lot of creativity. My own front-end coding skills somewhat lacking, I still managed to do a mildly interesting project like NYMinute using META Refresh tag and Flickr’s ‘photos tagged nyc’ feed.
Feedvolley continues on themes from projects like Notifyr and Prixfeed. First, RSS as the web API – I think RSS goes a long way towards a common API for websites. It is read only and lacks some features, but most sites only need a read-only API, detailed information can added via domain-specific tags or microformats and, most importantly, it’s already in wide use. I think there’s a lot more to do with the RSS content already being out there in addition to the current Feed Reader uses.
Second, the idea of content modifiers (or participators, user/developers etc). Everything Feedvolley does can be accomplished with some code, but removing the setup and maintainence overhead and the need to write code opens this kind of application to a much bigger potential crowd (this is like Notifyr‘s URLs that allow web literate – but not necessarily technical – users to construct a link lets people subscribe to their Flickr page). UI elements like minimal setup dialog, no registration requirement and support for copying existing pages are there to make Feedvolley something that you can play around with, tweaking it and getting instant feedback.
Really, you can :) Just follow this: Feedvolley