AJC Web 2.0

I just noticed this link at the bottom of the AJC.com webpage today – AJC4Me.com. I don’t know how long it has been up, but it’s one of those drag and drop customizeable homepages (like live.com) that contains a lot of localized gadgets (there’s one for seeing sex offenders in your neighborhood) and news that you can add and customize and move around. The AJC columnists and features are on it. Plus it has several themes that you can skin the site easily with. At the very least, it’s fun to play with. Check it out.

Update – Also, by typing in the URL to any RSS feed on the internet in the search for content area, you can add that RSS feed to the site. For example, try adding http://atlanta.metblogs.com/index2.xml.

4 Comments so far

  1. LauraFries.com (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 2:22 pm

    Hey Daniel …

    I was playing around with this site this morning too. I’m still puzzling out what I think about it … on one hand, I think it’s a great experiment, and on the other, I wonder who is going to use it … don’t techies already have their aggregator of choice?

    Anyways, curious to know what your takeaway thoughts were on it.


  2. Daniel (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 4:39 pm

    Laura – That’s my thinking as well (actually, it’s my thinking with all of those Web 2.0 sites). Sure, I get flexibility on a webpage. But I get even more if I use my own aggregator, so why don’t I just use it?

    I’ve played around with a couple of these types of sites and, honestly, I don’t really get what the big deal is (see previous paragraph) for individual users. However, in the realm of these types of sites, I think that AJC4Me.com is pretty decent. It allows (easily) for skinning and that’s pretty nice. It’d be nice, however, if it let me include some sort of email checker on the page. All of them should be able to look out on pop3 webservers and just see if there is any mail (live.com only lets you check hotmail, netvibes.com only lets you check gmail easily).

    So that’s my quick thought on it.


  3. Seth (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 10:43 am

    I’m thinking someone here (and someone at ATLBloggers) needs to contact the AJC and have them pre-populate the reader with Atlanta blogs. Barring that, I’d support a nice “how to” that included a list of “popular” Atlanta blogs.

    It couldn’t hurt to ask.


  4. LauraFries.co .m (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    Daniel —

    I spent a morning thinking about it … I’m in the industry … here is my take on it, if you’re interested.

    http://www.laurafries.com/archives/ajccoms-branded-newsreader/



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