The other night, on the way home, an idea came to me…so I pulled up my development environment and decided to write some code. I think my terrified development team is probably locking me out of the source control systems as we speak… ;-)
My thought was this. I’m a visual person, and a lot of the feeds I subscribe to have images in the posts. If I could see all of those images together, I could make some quick decisions about what I want to read now, vs. what I will read later. And thus was born the image aggregator.
Take a look for yourself – click here, and use your NewsGator Online username/password.
If you’re one of those types who is completely caught up with all of your unread feeds, you won’t see anything. But if you have unread stuff, you’ll see a compilation of all of the images in your unread posts. If you click on one, that post will get marked as read in NG/Online, and you’ll get linked out to the post.
Here’s an example of what I see for my own account (click for larger version):
It lets me get an idea, at a glance, of what’s available to read.
This is obviously an EARLY prototype of something, which may or may not see the light of day…but I think it’s an interesting concept. Any thoughts from you about it? Useful or no?
Aside: this was all written using the public NewsGator Online API.