My MSN has integrated RSS search with drag and drop modules for users to create their own information portals. Members can now search syndicated content using keywords to find topics of interest. The results can be quickly previewed and imported as multiple modules then freely arranged and displayed on the My MSN homepage as desired. To add a specific RSS or ATOM feed simply enter the feed address in the search box.
Monitoring search results and headline options
MSN provides a tracking option to monitor the search and keep up to date with the 10 most recent syndicated articles. This makes it easy to setup and follow several search topics simultaneously. Useful for website and subject monitoring, news scanning and watching the blogosphere buzz. A pre configured menu of feeds is also available for large media content providers including news, finance and entertainment.
There is a choice of headline options for choosing up to 35 headlines per feed over a period up to 365 days. News aggregation is handled by Moreover Technologies.
Overall MSN has managed to create an easy to use interface with some powerful features. It’s relatively simple to configure a page containing podcasts, blogs, news and stats, in fact anything capable of being distributed via RSS. Other Microsoft services such as MSN Communications can be included to make a personalised media portal. The service is currently in Beta so expect some rough edges during the testing.
You can find out more about MSN’s RSS development at this wiki for MSN Search RSS Feeds.
- Blogdigger RSS search engine and multimedia feeds including BitTorrent. Blog.
- del.icio.us RSS bookmarks tag for public links.
- Furled RSS bookmarks shared community links.
- GigaDial podcast factory and searchable database of podcasters feeds.
- RSS Compendium resources for RSS software and services. See the blog for RSS news.