Gluing it together
January 2, 2006 1:04 AM   Subscribe

Want your goals, bookmarks, photos, music, blogs (or anything else RSS-friendly) in one place? SuprGlu collects your own content from your feeds on various webservices and posts them in one centralized place, making a personalized site all about you. As an example. (example links not mine)
posted by divabat (35 comments total)
This is pretty sweet. I made up a page for my crap in about 2 minutes and it's exactly what I've been looking for. Thanks.
posted by Space Coyote at 1:53 AM on January 2, 2006

neat. thanks for the link.
posted by mwhybark at 2:47 AM on January 2, 2006

Please be aware that if you see any glue seeping out, you should remove it with your finger.
posted by Leam Srehtorb at 2:59 AM on January 2, 2006

This is really actually quite good. Makes me want an RSS feed for all my Metafilter comments so I have more content to add to it. Although I'm trying to work out how exactly Last.Fm / Audioscrobbler content is included in it. It doesn't seem to be generating lists of tracks I've played or anything...?
posted by Jimbob at 3:44 AM on January 2, 2006

(Oh I think I've worked it out...My Last.Fm hasn't actually been updating for a few weeks.)
posted by Jimbob at 3:46 AM on January 2, 2006

How does this differ from a feed aggregator? Is it just a matter of having flexible layout and being able to add tags to the items? Or is there some kind of community aspect to this that I'm missing?

... and I am so, SO tired of "supertag" clouds.
posted by lodurr at 6:13 AM on January 2, 2006

I see that this sort of thing has been done before, but this looks easy to use and may be the aggregate-and-share tool that I've been looking for for use in several professional organizations that I'm part of, organizations that are a bit too luddite for a wiki or group blog, but might be enticed into interactive information sharing with a site like this.
posted by mmahaffie at 6:29 AM on January 2, 2006

Maybe I'm a moron, but how do you even use RSS feeds? Whenever I click an RSS link I just get a big page of XML in firefox.

I always thought RSS was for syndicating content to appear on other web pages, but it seems like people are using it dynamically themselves.
posted by delmoi at 6:59 AM on January 2, 2006

Well this thing is using RSS to syndicate content to another page. It's just supposed to be the content you create on various sites syndicated to some sort of blog. So yeah, that's one usage of RSS. You can also use RSS in feed readers like Bloglines. The actual RSS links are mostly useless to look at for browsers/humans. It's just a fancy technical file for something else to parse.

This is pretty neat. Mostly easy to use. Why must Web 2.0 spell words funny though? What's wrong with the letter e?
posted by panoptican at 7:04 AM on January 2, 2006

delmoi: RSS can be read by an RSS reader (one site at a time) or an RSS aggregator (a bunch combined). In addition, in Firefox, you can copy the location of one of those RSS/XML pages and then adda Live Bookmark on your bookmarks bar to view it later.
posted by craniac at 7:38 AM on January 2, 2006

delmoi: Unless you've got something that can deal with RSS feeds, like an aggregator, you get nothing. I think if you install Sage, you can see the feeds in their "intended" form. Can't give you C&V on it, though. Thunderbird also has aggregation capability that's kind of nice, in its own way. It works through the News engine.

panoptican: My first reaction to what you said was "how is this web 2.0?" But then I stopped myself, and reminded same that web 2.0 is not the same as AJAX.
posted by lodurr at 7:39 AM on January 2, 2006

delmoi, I like Google's Reader as an aggregator. I think this one will make a good collector/publisher, but I'm not sure. I'm still waiting for the SuprGlu system to pick up two updates to my weblog that I added after establishing my Glu'd page. At some point, there's a speed issue, I think.
posted by mmahaffie at 7:43 AM on January 2, 2006

To be honest, I have no idea what Web 2.0 is. I just wanted to sound cool.
posted by panoptican at 7:56 AM on January 2, 2006

I've been extremely happy with Netvibes for this sort of thing, but this looks like a very well qualified alternative.
Thanks for the link!
posted by numlok at 7:59 AM on January 2, 2006

tick, tick, tick... still no update.
posted by mmahaffie at 8:39 AM on January 2, 2006

posted by shoepal at 8:52 AM on January 2, 2006

lomurr : The emphasis here is content made by you - they discourage you from using it as a general RSS aggregator and require you to only put in content provided by yourself (mainly copyright reasons).

They have a bit of a lag regarding update time - I think they're working on that now.
posted by divabat at 9:19 AM on January 2, 2006

I currently use FeedJumbler to make a super-powered ultimate feed for people I know on Livejournal, but that currently has issues with my TextPattern blog. I'm going to test out Suprglu to see what it does, but I'm really hoping it works, 'cause it's swanky.
posted by Katemonkey at 9:54 AM on January 2, 2006

I don't know folks. No updates from my Blogger feed to SuprGlu over the last four hours. I think I need faster updates than this.
posted by mmahaffie at 11:14 AM on January 2, 2006

Google Reader, who could ask for anything more?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:52 AM on January 2, 2006

Kind of cool, remains to be seen if I keep using it. But I like the ability to easily grab my main feeds and get them in one place. I'd like to be able to paste the site into another page.
posted by fenriq at 12:23 PM on January 2, 2006

For all the people who seem to think this is just an RSS aggregator without visiting the site... Basically it works like this.

It knows about a whole pile of online services already - Flickr,, Last.FM, Blogger. All you do it tell it your username for each of these sites you belong to, and it generates a page summarising your current online world. All your latest Flickr uploads, latest songs you've listened to, latest links day by day. On top of that, you can add static content or other RSS feeds, although the idea is to use feeds containing YOUR content rather than aggregating all your favourite news sources. Which is not what this does. Which people would understand if they actually visited the link.
posted by Jimbob at 12:57 PM on January 2, 2006

mine. Now all I need is more websites that let me gather my comments/posts in my own RSS feed. ;)
posted by dabitch at 1:02 PM on January 2, 2006

See also: Feed Digest and Feedburner.
posted by S.C. at 1:19 PM on January 2, 2006

Delmoi - Do this: Scroll down on the Mefi Page (or any page with feeds) and right-click and select "Save Link Location."

Next, open your SuperGlu page and go to the Settings/Manage Sources area where you can add a custom feed and paste (Ctrl-V) in the "Add Source" field. Click on "Add Source" and SuperGlu will pull down the feed for that page. Hope that helps.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:59 PM on January 2, 2006

..and I did mean right-click on the orange XML button..
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:00 PM on January 2, 2006

I don't know folks. No updates from my Blogger feed to SuprGlu over the last four hours. I think I need faster updates than this.

How fast?

One thing I can live without are feed readers hitting my sites every 10 minutes. Once an hour, or 2 hours, is fine.
posted by Ayn Marx at 4:24 PM on January 2, 2006

Eh, maybe I'm just really demanding. What I really wanted from this is a way to aggregate content from members of a group to which I belong, so that we can all share our feeds (which we publish for our own audiences) in one place. I'll keep looking for the right one. Maybe feedburner or feeddigest.
posted by mmahaffie at 5:22 PM on January 2, 2006

mmahaffie, perhaps check out Rojo, where you can share, tag, and comment on feeds/stories of your choice.
posted by CG at 5:37 PM on January 2, 2006

Pepsi Glue.

This is kinda neat, and jibes with some ideas I've had, although I'm a bit baffled at how useful it might be. A personal personal feed? Eh?
posted by dhartung at 6:08 PM on January 2, 2006

Does anybody know when web 3.0 is coming out? I'm bored with 2.0.
posted by signal at 6:21 PM on January 2, 2006

dhartung: It could be used as a super-blog of sorts - instead of having to fiddle with a ton of plugins, you could just collect all your personal info onto one page and give that link out.

dabitch: that could make a good question. What other personal-ish RSS stuff is out there?
posted by divabat at 6:40 PM on January 2, 2006

Jimbob, thanks for highlighting what SuprGlu actually does. It lives in the space between RSS aggregator (Bloglines is the best) and RSS manipulator (Feedburner kicks ass). It justifies its existence by being the one place where hyper-users of multiple web tools can publish stuff about themselves in one place. Also, it can be used with Feedburner's Buzzboost/ RSS-to-HTML feature to create a personal mega-feed that can be republished anywhere in any form. Currently, combining lots of feeds is a little geeky in Feedburner. Oh, and here's mine.
posted by juggernautco at 11:51 PM on January 2, 2006

It seems to me that unless they can offer something more than what they've got, they're a flash in the pan -- as it currently stands, superglu is only useful to you if you are keeping up multiple subscriptions to other services. Who wants to do that? I mean, other than bleeding edge first adopters like the people posting on this thread. (Self included.)

Aside from the snob- cool-factor, I'm not really seeing a qualitative difference between this and Yahoo-360.
posted by lodurr at 4:31 AM on January 3, 2006

lodurr - Right now I'm giving out my Suprglu address as my "website" address, because it contains all of my other info at once. I don't need to give a trillion links to anyone who's interested in the various blogs I have/my photography/my music/etc. It's all there - not just a page of links, but the actual content.
posted by divabat at 9:20 PM on January 3, 2006

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