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Rojo

I’ve been playing with “Rojo”:http://rojo.com for about a day. I have been exploring alternatives to “Bloglines”:http://bloglines.com for a while now, and this one looks promising. Basically, I need online feedreaders with tagging. And Bloglines doesn’t seem to be offering that anytime soon.

Rojo Screenshot

Rojo advertised itself as

…web-based service that helps information consumers efficiently discover, organize, read, and share dynamic content….Rojo helps users identify what content is most useful for them personally and Rojo’s community features enable users to easily share relevant content with friends and colleagues.

It has been around a long time, but I haven’t tried it until the “facelift announcement”:http://blog.rojo.com/rojoblog/2006/02/new_at_rojo_fee.html last week.

My impressions after a day are:

* It’s slow. (This “greasemonkey script”:http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/1575 is supposed to help, but I haven’t noticed the speed increase, to be honest.)
* Subscription is not convenient. This “greasemonkey script”:http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/2106 (again) fixes that. (see picture)

Rojo subscription slider with greasemonkey script

* Tagging and unsubscribing are fully AJAX. Smooth.
* I like Bloglines’ way of handling read/unread better. Rojo has many options you can set, but not _’click on a tag name shows all unread items with that tag and mark them unread’_ )
* Feed recommendation generally gives me good, well known feeds. I’ve heard of them and already decide not to subscribe. Unearthed gems are what I hope for.
* ‘Flagging’ works more intuitively than Bloglines’ ‘clipping’.
* I using ‘feedshare’:http://www.rojo.com/corporate/services/feedshare/ but I don’t get it fully yet. Better read that “TechCrunch post”:http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/02/16/new-blog-ad-exchange-at-rojo/ again.

Bottom line is, I’ll give it a few more days before deciding if I’m willing to trade Bloglines’ speed and ‘mark folder as private’ with Rojo’s more modern features.

5 Comments

  1. Thank you for introducing me to ROJO.
    I posted my problems at Rojo User Support / User Assistance. Looks like it is a call in wilderness. No response is coming.

    I have two problems. Any clues or ways to tackle this:
    First, I copied the feedcode in my blog. I see it running well. But, I dont’ need the entire feed. How do I limit to one or two small images. My blog is messed up with all pages from a feed, that I copied [feed info source: http://www.rojo.com/view-feed/?feed-id=2096978%5D

    Second, I wish to see who are other subscribers of the same feed. Any way to find out this?

    And, a question is why aren’t the feeds I copied are not updated. Is there any problem with Rojo or is it generally with the feedshare?

    I am new to rojo and feeds. Any help on these?

    • chris says

      I have to say I don’t understand your first question. As for seeing who subscribes to the same feed, I don’t think Rojo do that yet. (Bloglines does, though)

      And it generally takes a bit of time for feeds to be updated. Again, Bloglines is a bit better at this because they have more servers.

      • My first question is about how to get an RSS feed from ROJO.

        Pl. see my blog: http://akbani.blogspot.com/
        to understand my question. The greater half of the page (i.e., the lower side) is occupied as a result of the RSS Feed.

        And this is the link I pasted in my blog:
        http://www.rojo.com/view-feed/?feed-id=2096978

        The problem is: I took one RSS feed from ROJO, and despite this single selection, my blog is loaded with almost 10 images.

        [I wonder: What would happen to my blog, if I were to select more than one RSS feed?]

        Kindly tell me, how do I select a feed and have a decent display, without crowding my page.

        • chris says

          Now I understand the question. And you won’t like my answer.

          First, taking conent from another website and put it on your web is not a good thing. This is especially true if there is no clear attribution back to the original site and prior permission. It could easily be understood as a cheap way to increase traffic and benefit from google ads revenue.

          And even if you have a good reason to do so, it will not be as simple as pasting the link like that. Actually, I’m pretty sure you have to do more than putting that one line into your blog template, for it to display like that.

          (By the way, only in Internet Explorer does the conent and images display at all. Try other browser, like Firefox or Opera, and you will just see verbatim XML)

          What you need is a system that take an XML feed, parse it and convert it to appropriate HTML, then display it on your page. There are platform that can do this out-of-the-box, but blogger is not one of them. By whatever you do, Rojo does not need to be involved at all. You should take the XML from the original website (http://infosthetics.com/ )

          • Dr. Mohamed Taher says

            Thanks for the excellent hints. You seem to be a real techie guru.

            Let me clarify my mind on this Rojo Feed.

            First, I am sure my traffic has not gone up, because of this Rojo misfeed. Whereas, when I cited my blog on Wikipedia (in the Information visualization article) my traffic to and fro was up. But, then someone removed my blog link from the article, saying this is a “commercial” venture. I still don’t understand that someone’s expertise (in differentiating spam and research) and who also had the courage to remove it. I gave up my fight on this issue.

            Second, in fact what I want as a librarian, is elsewhere. And I just found it:

            http://libraryclips.blogsome.com/2006/01/17/reading-lists-where-are-you/

            Let me know, your experience with these type of sites. Have you tried this OPML stuff?

            Third, and, in case I donot know who is sharing my feed, what fun do I have being with ROJO. Is there any way to find out if at all, the other party, whose code I borrowed, is displaying mine?

            In case I have no clues, I would better say bye-bye to Rojo feeds. Because, my purpose was to share my research-based content with others. I don’t even know who is sharing my site and I don’t have a clue on how complicated is sharefeed issue — I am a middleware person, not a software expert for that matter.

            I did not know that by going to ROJO the result would be messing up with my intentions, actions, visualizations, and give a feeling that I am plagiarising, or infringing on other’s rites or wrongs.

            Stay in touch, so that I may continue to learn from your expertise.

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