reBlog by Eyebeam R looks like something I am going to use when it gets out of beta.
It’s another fork of feed on feeds, with an attempt at a fancy front end that both succeeds and yet makes me want to get in and do my own RSS because it’s just not the way I want it.
But in addition to being a moderately classy server-side feed aggregator, reBlog offers the potential of creating a link blog with ease, so I can make a feed of all the posts I wanted to blog about but didn’t get around to, and run it as a sidebar, or a separate page. There’s a full-text quoting feature too, which I can see incorporating into some classroom blogs, and just to make it super-easy reBlog integrates with WordPress, Movable Type, and soon with Drupal and other goodies. Alas, the MT integration is for versions 3.1 and up, and this blog is still at 2.6.x. But all my other blogs are wordpress, and someday, in my copious free time, I may try to convert this one…
At the moment, however, there’s a bad bug in reBlog that’s dropping error messages like
Warning: Unknown class passed as parameter in …/reBlog/refeed/library/RF/ClientController.class.php on line 740
into places that they do not belong.
So unlike google’s gmail, this is a real beta, and I’m going to wait a version or two until they clean it up.
From the about ReBlog statement:
What is a reBlog?
A reBlog facilitates the process of filtering and republishing relevant content from many RSS feeds. reBloggers subscribe to their favorite feeds, preview the content, and select their favorite posts. These posts are automatically published through their favorite blogging software.
Why should you reBlog?
reBlogs are useful to individuals who want to maintain a weblog but prefer curating content to writing original posts. They can also enable organizations to tap the contributions of their employees, members, and communities-at-large in order to easily redistribute relevant content.
What if I don’t want to blog anything?
reFeed, the RSS aggregating component is damn sexy and worth using if you just want to read lots of content and not be constrained to one computer.