Applications like Grazr and its use of OPML deserve more attention from IT strategists ... there are interesting application scenarios.
A few weeks ago we assembled all the pieces that would become Grazr 2.0, and I started doing demos in the Boston area and the Valley. What I soon discovered by watching people react to this product, and listening to their ideas on how they could use it, was that this was much more than just a cool way of managing feeds. I am now convinced that Grazr 2.0 introduces a new medium for online collaboration and publishing. What do I mean by a medium? The combination of HTML, servers and browsers defined the Web as a medium. Weblog software, RSS, and feed readers created the medium of blogging. By this definition a medium is a combination of content, technology, and human behaviors. In the same way, grazing is a medium that combines the data standards of OPML and feeds with our widget, drag and drop reading list editor, and new site design. Add in the type of behaviors these components make possible, and you have the medium of grazing.
Another innovative example:
Ever since I started developing Grazr RSS applications, I've been wondering if it were possible to integrate other services into the Grazr widget. Today I'm presenting you with my most advanced project to date: Podcasting Professionals. This news radar demonstrates that Grazr RSS applications can be enhanced with the functionality of other, quite useful services. For this particular Grazr I picked ZapTXT, Particls and BlogRovR. In this post I'll discuss the value they each add to this particular news radar.
A full-page version of the Podcasting Professionals news radar is hosted on the PODHANDLE servers.