River2 is a server app that reads your feeds every 15 minutes and builds a static river. All these rivers are created one of my servers. It supports podcast enclosures, realtime updates with rssCloud, dynamic OPML reading lists and all flavors of RSS and Atom.
OPML Server is server environment running inside the OPML Editor.
Following in the tradition of powerful Unix editors, we have an incredible programming language, database, and communication stack built into our favorite outliner.
It's so powerful that you can make a complete server environment out of it.
It's so cool that you can create a new virtual server when you want one. A server is almost like a document. And when you're done, throw it away.
Amazon had a great idea. It could be simpler, but it's a great start.
I wrote a howto that shows you how to create a new instance of an OPML Server on EC2. If you're new to EC2, the first year is free! Wow. :-)
It's a great storage system. Fast, high availablilty, infinite scaling. Cheap. Easy API. What else could you want.
I wrote a howto called S3 for Poets that makes it easy to get started with S3.
Rivers run in Bootstrap, which is a great platform for web apps. I love all the things it shows you how to do.
The tabs in tabbed rivers are Bootstrap tabs, btw. The dialog you're reading this in is a Bootstrap dialog. Yehi!!
On each item in all the rivers you'll see a RT link. The first time you click on one it will ask for the address of your linkblog server. It's a very simple protocol. It passes the title, link and description for the item to the linkblogger, which then will likely put those elements in a dialog that you can tweak before sending to your followers. It's the feed-oriented analog of Twitter's retweet command.
I use Radio2 as my linkblogging tool.
People ask if they can pay for this. It's so gratifying to hear that people think it's worth money. But for now, the best thing to tell people about it. Especially people who work at news organizations and bloggers. I want them all to do rivers for their communities. They don't have to be as fancy as this one. And we'll help. It's important to have these streams running all over the web, not just on Twitter and Facebook.
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