Now those who are only moderately geeky can create mashups using widgets and other cool Web 2.0 tools.
Example 1: blog aggregator
- Contributors tag the content they want to contribute on del.icio.us, using a preset list of tags, such as metapagan.activism, metapagan.community, metapagan.politics and so on (where metapagan is the name of the blog aggregator).
- del.icio.us creates a collective RSS feed for each of the tags, under the URL http://del.icio.us/tag/metapagan.activism
- I then use Widgetbox to create a blidget (blog widget) of that feed, which appears on an individual page of the blog.
- Then I use Yahoo! Pipes to pull all of the feeds together (including the posts that are manually posted to the blog) into a single aggregated feed.
- This aggregated feed is then passed into another blidget (MetaPagan contributions) which people can install on the sidebar of their blogs if they wish. I have also turned this blidget into a Facebook application, using the instructions at Widgetbox.
As I have about five personal blogs, each on a separate topic, I thought it would be easier for Facebook friends who were interested in all the topics if I aggregated all my blogs into one feed and imported it into Facebook Notes.