The winners of the 10 Feedly iPhone App's giveaway 'Feedly iPhone App Launch Giveaway' are as follows':
- Lindsey @CSSGirl
- Steve Cummins @StvCummins
- Matthew Ballard @mathewballard
- Adele @marshmalotoast
- Thomas Britton @thomas_britton
- Trevor Gerzen @tgerz
- Peter Morovic @pezike
- Emory Dunn @emorydunn
- Germaine Irwin @girwin17
Important Note for Winners
The current version is an Early Adopter Preview. It functions really well, but Feedly are constantly making improvements with a view to release the main version in January.
January is the time when the main version of the Feedly iPhone app will be launched.
Therefore you have two choices. You can either take the prize now and run with the Early Adopter Preview, or wait until the main version is launched and run with it then.
Please email me : email@example.com with your preference of 'feedly now' or 'feedly wait' with your full name and email address that I can send the iTunes voucher to.
This first version of the Feedly App is an Early Adopter Preview.
With the run up to Christmas I will be doing a few mini giveaways, the first one being a number of copies of the Feedly iPhone app by DevHD.
If you have not seen or heard of Feedly yet and you enjoy digesting internet information from RSS feeds and Google, then you will find Feedly quite a discovery. Feedly has been around for some time and has a loyal and large user base, but up and till recently was a browser based experience.
Feedly is more like a magazine than any kind of feed reader due to the way you can customize, share and find new information. It's a very interactive application and does more than just display your Google RSS feeds.
There is a sweet Firefox plug-in that makes sharing and liking any web page easy peasy, also available for Safari and Chrome.
New Feedly logo
Earlier this year I was hired to update their main logo and to also create a number of icons for the new iPhone and iPad application they had underway. A full logo and icon process article on the Feedly project is in the works and should be posted soon
Feedly for iPhone
A few weeks ago Feedly for iPhone was launched on iTunes as a 'early adopter preview'. This mini giveaway is my little way of helping the guys at DevHD shine the light on this fresh and useful new app.
It's pretty awesome to see their hard work all come together and it's real sweet to see your work looking back at you on the iPhone.
Enough self righteous waffle. I have ten copies of Feedly for iPhone to giveaway. Firstly there are a few things to note.
- You need a Google account and preferably some RSS feeds, otherwise it's a bit pointless.
- Feedly is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
- This is an Early Adopter Preview
It's easy to enter, just leave a comment with Twitter ID or another way to contact you. Please only enter if you are interested in this application/RSS feeds, if not, please give other people who are a better chance to win.
I will pick the ten winners beginning of next week.
The only entry requirement is that I ask you to Retweet/Share this post at some point.
How are prizes sourced?
As with previous giveaways, all prizes are sourced and purchased by myself. This giveaway was arranged by myself, for my own reasons and not in anyway arranged or influenced by the guys at DevHD. This is just my way to spread the word.
This is why I can only usually manage one or two prizes per giveaway, depending on the overall value of the items concerned.
Found this site a few weeks back, but only just recently started playing with it. Spectives collects RSS feeds and presents the data in a visual thumbnail way. So rather than bucket loads of text, it shows the main image of each RSS feed.
Logo Collection On Spectives
For example, I set up a collection called 'logos' - http://www.spectives.com/logos, and then I have started adding my favourite logo related websites, such as LogoDesignLove, BrandNew, LogoMotives, LogoDesignWorks etc to this collection.
I can then visit this 'logo' collection and visually see any new logo based articles and posts that take my fancy all one foul swoop.
This collection will consist of websites with news related logo design articles, opposed to any feeds from inspiration sites such as Logopond etc.
I will be adding further logo design websites to this Spectives 'logo collection' in due course. You can then subscribe to the collections in your own RSS feed reader.
This is an RSS update feed for updated RSS feeds I guess.
So if you want, you can add this link : http://www.spectives.com/logos.rss to your RSS reader to be kept abreast of logo related news updates etc.
I have only just started playing with this today, so am sure there are other things you can do, but like it so far. If you love being swamped with information, and who doesn't, then Spectives is yet another thing to add joy to your daily life.
Other Spectives Collections
These are just further collections I will start adding RSS feeds to:
Toluu is different from many existing feed reader and feed aggregators, in that it just doesn't aggregate. It does, but it also does something more substantially useful.
Toluu offers some neat ideas and twists on the usual feed reading services. It's not a way to talk or communicate directly, hence it's not a social network as such.
Toluu is a central depository for your feeds and a library for finding other feeds that are similar to your own tastes. It's easy to add feeds on the fly and check in feeds as and when you find them.
You import your existing RSS feeds into Toluu as you can any other feed reader. The bonus is that this information is then correlated and used to determine your 'style' of sites, blogs, feeds etc. Then you activate the 'Matches' tab and here is generated the most useful aspect I have seen in any aggregator.
As well as manually adding feeds, you can use the Toluu bookmarklet to automatically add a feed direct to your account. By hooking it up with Twitter from the preferences, you can inform all your buddies everytime you add a feed, plus you give off some good karma for promoting the site in question.
Based on your existing feeds, it analyzes other Toluu members profiles and feeds and churns out results based on percentage match. For example, 'User A'' might share your passion for certain subjects, then the results will come higher, from this 'User A' will also have feeds that you are not aware of, and this is where it really shines. From this you are introduced to sites, blogs and feeds you might otherwise have missed.
I have come across many new and interesting blogs, sites and feed that I simply did not know about, that are matched to my own tastes.
Also, Toluu will notify you when a "friend" has added further feeds and contacts, so you can check out their profiles and see what they are interested in. If something rocks your boat, you can then add their feeds to your own profile.
Give it a shot
Toluu is a service that has fast grown on me. The mportant thing is that it will really shine the more people come on board, as there will be a richer store of feeds to measure and match from, thus you will benefit from discovering further feeds based on your own likes.
Well recommend signing up and giving it a go.
See my Toluu feed at http://www.toluu.com/imjustcreative. Sign up and add me as a contact. Well, it's not a order, more a polite suggestion.
Get a Toluu invite
If you want to take this for a spin, then I have a number of invites to pass on. Just leave a comment below and I will shoot one off to you.
Man, this has been so utterly painful to do. I knew it would be a little tricky and unnatural, but not this bad. Talk about repressing my usual personality. So yeah, this screencast is my first ever attempt. Well, technically not correct, it took me about 25 attempts to even get to this point. But my 1st public viewing of one.
Feedburner, RSS, Email and Subscriptions
A quick summary to help you understand what the blazes I'm talking about. Simply, how to enable Feedburner to give Email subscriptions as well as just RSS that have to be read through a reader. So many blogs still do not give you the option of subscribing by email, hence why I did this. I was going to do it as a post, and in hindsight, would of been significantly easier and less harrowing to do so.
I hope you get to realise the point of the presentation, otherwise that's one huge fail. So here we go, in all it's unedited glory. No edits, all the way through in one go.
Feeburner Email Subscriptions from Graham Smith on Vimeo.