Sunday, October 12, 2008

Idea: Syndicated Feed Access Protocol (SFAP)

The idea is to take your common every-day feed readers that pull RSS, ATOM,
OPML or whatever else from the internet, and combine their information.  To this, we come up with a
feature list:

  • Ability to Synchronize Read status of News Items

  • Ability to Synchronize “Star” (or “Important”) status of News Items
  • Ability
    to Synchronize Folders for News Items
  • Ability to add/remove/edit a Feed Subscription
    (including setting an alias for the feed)
  • Ability to Synchronize “Tags”

This would allow us to do with RSS feeds what we do with email when we use IMAP.

like Google’s “Share” feature could be simplified as a tag “special:share”.

What do you

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  1. Yeah! We need that, it would be so convenient!

    So you're
    suggesting a new web service comprised of servers which would use this protocol and store information about
    it's users? How would it authenticate users?

  2. Very cool idea :)

    It might be possible to do this with

  3. Well, positron, it would do it the same way it currently does. If Google was your SFAP
    provider, you'd use a log in protocol (just like IMAP and POP, etc.)

    Basically, a way
    to view your feeds like you can your email (but more fine-tuned for feeds)