RSS Robot from Anothr.com

2006-11-13

Tracking your package delivered by UPS/Fedex/DHL

Anothr is aboslutely designed for "time-sensitive" knowledge workers. So whenever a new service RSSlized, Anothr can be thought as a possibility to deliver the timely information to their customers.  So naturally, many people would like to track their package delivered by express services like UPS/Fedex/DHL etc.  It's now nearly perfect to do this, yet to be adopted by those service businesses themselves.

Why "nearly perfect"?

Because the tracking RSS is provided by a mashup service first, like this one: SimpleTracking, which provides several customizable package tracking sources online. You can just input the package tracking ID from UPS/Fedex/DHL to the form, and generate an RSS for your pkg. If you copy the RSS link to your Anothr robot in Skype contacts, you can be notified where the package are, see, how mashup is powerful!

Why not perfect yet?

Because the RSS function should be provided by those express services themselves(I didn't verify if they have provided now) to enable their customers a new choice on quality of service. If they did, they will win more loyalty from my guess.

2006-11-12

RSS阅读习惯

虽然很多网站慢慢地都支持RSS输入,如果你喜欢的网站有RSS feeds ,那么就可以订阅。但是,即便订阅了,你有那么多时间来看吗?在邻国日本,RSS也成为其大站不放弃竞争的市场;但是,另一方面,日本用户就有反映“未阅读焦虑症”,生怕遗失而焦虑。国内情况也大致如此,RSS被越来越多的人认知;而面对RSS阅读器中积累无数条未读内容,可能很多人会麻木不仁。

于是,联想到邮件阅读RSS内容,不少RSS阅读服务者开始提供通过邮件阅读RSS内容,这很好;这假定:你会处理海量邮件。事实上,真正解决你的问题是在于:
1,你要的是什么类型信息;
2,信息是否是你关联到及时性;
3,对于信息,是否需处理;
所以,到底是因为RSS,还是RSS为我们能服务?至少这点上,我们只为你关注的、随时变化的信息提供一个快速到达你的渠道,且是简单的。这就是anothr.com的希望努力实现做到的价值所在!

2006-11-10

用Anothr订阅VeryCD的搜索结果

用Anothr订阅VeryCD搜索结果Feed很方便,因为有时候一些新的内容(例如一部新的电影)在VeryCD上暂时还没有,用Anothr订阅更新后就很好提醒相关内容有人分享出来了。

2006-11-09

Anothr look in Skype 3.0


Anothr in Skype 3.0 Beta
Originally uploaded by Isaac Mao.
If you have downloaded Skype 3.0(beta). You will find some fancy features including "Skype extras" and "Open discussion channel" which Bruce desribed as "IRC feeling". Also if you are using Anothr service, you can feel better with the layout and outlooking of the feeds which makes Anothr windows more like a "Live NewsPaper" closer to our vision.

Skype is showing its big potential as an application platform. We are happy to be on the trend and proud of our services with millions of skype users.

2006-11-07

Public Google Groups for Anothr

Here we created a public Google Groups for Anothr service today. You can join the group free and share your ideas to improve Anothr service and report issues using our service. Also if you become a member of this group, you can also subscribe to the updates from it by add the group's RSS feed to your Anothr robot.  Isn't it interesting?

2006-11-06

Beyond RSS Feed (2): eBay Search Result Track

eBay sellers or buyers have combined their auctions with the free internet telephone service Skype, plus eBay does offer RSS in the search service now, the alert service becomes easy to make.

When you search something in eBay, and input it to the search box of eBay, and you can get an RSS feed that provides the listings that satisfy the query you entered. Once you tell this feed to anothr.com, you will receive automatic updates any time a new listing appears in this store. For exmaple, i like Nokie N72 cellphone, and search it, got the result page( http://search.ebay.com/nokia-n72_W0QQssPageNameZWLRS ) yes, there is RSS feed in the bottom of this page, the Feed URL is http://rss.api.ebay.com/ws/rssapi?FeedName=SearchResults&siteId=0&language=en-US&output=RSS20&satitle=nokia+n72, then i told the feed to anothr.com robot, have done the alert of information about Nokia N72; anothr.com robot can tell you what is new about N72 instantly. It is easy!

Before that, many eBay alert tools need to install some alert software on your PC; and now you add anothr.com to Skype buddy list only, anothr.com robot can do it for you. Let's do it!

2006-11-05

Beyond RSS Feed ( 1 ): Calendar Service

When anothr.com launched, we made short talk with a friend in Europe over Skype, what feed is you like to subscribe. Most answers are they would like to track their favorite bloggers. Yes, sounds RSS feed application with blogsphere!

In fact, you have much more different application of RSS feed, if you registered some calendar service, like 30boxes.com, you can put calendar feed to anothr.com, and make a real-time alert; you have many fun in calendar service! It sounds super mash-up.

Discover your potential favorites from del.icio.us

Del.icio.us is cool, because it not only shows the social filtered sites from global participation, but also provides RSS for any page. You can find "RSS for this page" everywhere. So if you are wondering any good sites for your reading, you can just use Anothr to subscribe to "popular" sites that global people like from del.icio.us with just talking to "Anothr" the feed url. The discovering work becomes easier, with del.icio.us and Anothr. Enjoy it!

2006-11-02

Feed List, Personal Data

What is personal data? the most legal document has similar terms, for example, “The term "personally identifiable information" means any information that may be used to identify you, including, but not limited to, your name, address, email address, Internet Protocol address, phone number, billing information, or other contact information…”, but now, we think more, instant message account, subscription feed, and feed list are “personal data”! It does mean: subscribers' feed list in anothr.com is belong to personal data.

Feed list is personal data, of course, the users have right to make public, or share with their buddies, or for himself only. So, the users will make final decision to process feed list and choose the feed status.

That is fundamentals and our philosophy.

Anothr: Free Service

We like it, Anothr.com! Not only simple, but free as well, it is our philosophy: free charge, we hope to share the art with all the users.

In China, another tag to us is grassroots, in other word: free, always free in the future! That is a culture of the internet. Also, we are a piper, live micro content pipelines player, so that, paving and piping are we like to do. Plus, this is an art, very beautiful pipelines!

Track Chinese Blogger Conference photos with Anothr service

The 2nd Chinese Blogger Conference just finished in Hangzhou, China. It's very successful and more profound than last year that enabled many people to think of "its a inflection year of Chinese Blogosphere".  Like Rebecca Machinnon blogged with a title, "Bloggers, innovation, and China's future".

If you missed this conference, it's not too late. You can still subscribe to the conference mashup feeds in photos here.  By dragging the feed link to your Anothr contact in Skype, you can continuously get more and more people's photo contribution on both Flickr and Yupoo(a local Chinese photo sharing site).

Again, you can subscribe this feed link to get almost all photos about Chinese Blogger Conference in photos.

2006-10-31

Be notified on your real time local weather

RSSWeather.com is a fancy web site with full RSS support to help us to be notified with local real time weather in a simple parameters list. You can simply find your city in the cascaded list and drag the RSS to "anothr" contact in your chat window.

Here's the sample message that reports you local weather in a 10-minute-interval level. The weather information seems comes from global aviation service network. So the location maybe not your central town, instead, the weather near your city's airport. It's anyway a good information source fyi.

【Title】: Shanghai / Hongqiao, CHINA Weather :: 19C Fair(10-31 08:00)
【Summary】: 19C Fair
Fair 19°C
Humidity:63%
Wind Speed:11 KMH
Wind Direction:NE (050°)
Barometer: 1021 mb
Dewpoint:12°C
Heat Index:19°C
Wind Chill:19°C
Visibility:11 km (Entire Post: http://www.rssweather.com/icao/ZSSS/wx.php )

However, there maybe still some problems with customized weather RSS. There are also some information errors on timestamp of the RSS. We'd hope RSSWeather to fix it soon.

WangR 推荐 AnothR

很有趣的一篇推荐,因为WangR.com和AnothR.com的名称类似,现在真的流行R吗?:
我很奇怪为什么其它即时通讯软件没有这么做? 记得msn的相关密友功能么,比如 Abot, 谈到这个我想你一定会说,这些机器人的动作太慢了,他们根本不知道怎么去满足用户。就skype这个机器人来说,他就像一个仆人一样,帮助你即时了解你 Rss订阅的更新情况。就我来说,在试用了它之后,感觉很奇特,但我想它还不会打败Netvibes 。然而,这的确是中国人的新创造,而且当你使用这个之后,我想你宁愿使用这个而不是等待Feeds提供商的更新了,比如netvibes. --- [WangR.com]
回答WangR提出的问题,为什么“其他即时通讯软件没有这么做?”,可能大家也会做的,因为看到了这个主意去模仿并不难,但是原创并能够持续提供稳定的服务是我们要做的目标,也许可以在这方面多多鞭策 Anothr。

2006-10-30

Skype is an RSS reader?

When you subscribe many feeds via "anothr.com" in Skype, you will find Skype is a simple RSS reader, you open Skype window to full screen, and read the entire post of every feeds. It is very easy, and comfortable.

Plus, another message, it said:
"All versions of Pluck's RSS readers for Internet Explorer, FireFox and Pluck's web edition will be discontinued on 1/5/2007. The RSS Readers have served our community of end users well for several years, but with Pluck's focus in other business areas, the venerable RSS readers are set to be retired from our product line."

"Pluck RSS Reader Shuts Down: Consumer RSS Readers a Dead Market Now": "I'm afraid to say that consumer RSS Readers are rapidly becoming commodities and will soon be next to worthless - the real business is white label and enterprise solutions. "

It is true, when Google and Yahoo delivery their RSS reader which can bundle with your mail service, every one will like to find more in-hand approaches to read RSS easily, such as Instant Message, Mail, even Blog, all can meet your requirement. It is also real interesting mash-up; ...remixed rss reader is coming now. Skype is RSS reader, do you agree?

2006-10-27

Anothr for Sport Fans

If you're sport fans, shall take care the live news. And most News Feed, like ESPN, you can subscribe to "anothr.com" with the addesses below for each feed you want to:
Top Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/news
NFL Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/nfl/news
NBA Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/nba/news
MLB Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/mlb/news
NHL Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/nhl/news
Motorsports Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/rpm/news
Soccer Headlines: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/rss/news
College Basketball Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/ncb/news
College Football Headlines: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/ncf/news
ESPN Latest Videos: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/ivp/rss
Bill Simmons Columns: http://search.espn.go.com/keyword/search?searchString=bill_simmons&page=espn&filter=null&feed=rss

Sure, you can get live news instantly with "anothr.com" ; of course, you might make mix those feeds with xfruits .

And you want to get live score only, you might subscribe following feeds: http://www.gamblerspalace.com/RSS/Scores.asp ; and when you know better live score feeds, please tell us.

If your favorite sites miss an RSS feed, now you can try to create one with "PonyFish".

Plus, "anothr.com" always is offering a strong and easy-going service for you!

2006-10-26

Some Financial RSS Feeds

"anothr.com" in Skype can assist private investors to monitor financial news instantly,such as business news, stock quote, deal minotor and others. Those RSS feeds includes
Money: http://money.cnn.com/services/rss/
Motley Fool: http://www.fool.com/about/headlines/rss.htm?ref=BTMP
Google Stock Quote: http://www.googlestockquote.com/feed/rss2/
Yahoo Finance RSS List

Also, you can make some alerts of real estate, bonds, mutual funds and etc., those RSS list:
Bali real estate: http://www.bali-information.com/bali-rss.php
Surety Bonds: http://www.articlesphere.com/rss/Surety-Bonds/608
Mutual Funds: http://z.about.com/6/g/mutualfunds/b/index.xml

If you are start-up, you pay high attention to fund raising and track what happens in the capital circle, now you can subscribe following RSS Feeds:
StartupJournal.com:
http://www.startupjournal.com/newsfeed/rss/suj_frontpage.xml
Investor Questions:
http://www.investorquestions.com/iqrss.asp
Yahoo Venture Capital:
http://finance.yahoo.com/rss/venturecapital

"anothr.com" in Skype has you life better!

2006-10-24

China Web 2.0 introduce Anothr.com


China Web2.0 Review is a blog dedicated to track web2.0 development, review and profile web2.0 applications, business and services in China.Here is the introduction of Anothr.com from China Web2.0 Review :

“To use Anothr to read rss updates is incredibly simple. After adding anothr.com as your Skype contact, you can simply input the rss feed you want to follow in chat window, the robot will varify the feed and add subscription for you. You can also just input the URL of blogs you want to follow, the robot will discover the rss feed and subscribe it for you(see screenshot below). If the feeds you subscribe have updated posts, the title and summary of the posts will be shown in Skype chat window. Maybe it is not designed for rss heavy consumers, but it would be helpful for those who use Skype daily and track a certain blogs. ”




RSS精彩种子推荐—1

让我在这里为您介绍第一批6个典型的RSS种子。您通过RSS Robot from Anothr.com订阅以下RSS种子,将体会到Anothr.com 机器人带来的超酷体验:

  1. 订阅糗事百科,分享到世界各地形形色色的糗事 订阅地址:http://feeds.feedburner.com/qiushibaike
  2. NBA球迷订阅第一手的NBA报道和NBA赛事纵横 订阅地址: http://rss.sina.com.cn/sports/basketball/nba.xml
  3. 订阅Chinaren同学录上班级的RSS,第一时间了解老同学们的动向
    Chinaren校友录RSS地址格式如下:
    http://alumni.chinaren.com/class/class_leaveword_xml.jsp?classuuid=11111111
    其中的数字串11111111则为你访问校友录时,出现在浏览器地址栏上末尾的数字串:
    http://alumni.chinaren.com/class/class_index.jsp?classuuid=11111111
  4. 车迷订阅autotolog 将Autolog 的RSS订阅地址 http://cn.autoblog.com/rss.xml 复制到你与机器人Anothr.com 的聊天窗口就成功订阅。 要按车型和网站子频道进行分类订阅的车迷,请访问http://cn.autoblog.com/feeds/
  5. 数码发烧友订阅engadget中文版 将engadget的RSS订阅地址 http://cn.engadget.com/rss.xml 复制到你与机器人Anothr.com 的聊天窗口就成功订阅。 要按“智能手机、数码相机、无线应用”等进行分类订阅请访问 tp://cn.engadget.com/feeds/
  6. Wealink用户订阅“个人公告”的RSS:点击Wealink “消息中心”页面上的RSS标志,拷贝这个标志所连接的网址,复制到你与Anothr.com的对话窗口就成功订阅。

2006-10-21

9Skype.com介绍了Anothr的使用方法

9Skype.com是中国国内介绍Skype的专业Blog站点。站长“锡林郭勒”正在评估Anothr

新鲜事物一直保持持久的兴趣,对小萝卜头的出现也很感兴趣,已经有人问详细的方法了。所以就以9skype.com为例,弄个图解,以飨读者。

步骤一:添加anthor.com为Skype好友,这步总会吧。

步骤二:点击9skype.com首页右边栏的图标。因为文字显示不正常(正确的文字如图显示),所以只管确认就好。

正如站长所说,Anothr是如此简单,即使对RSS并不了解的人,也可以很容易上手,而且这个服务本身不需要下载任何软件,够绿色了吧。

2006-10-19

Bot 2.0

There are many IM-bots in the market(or internet sphere) already. The robot concept for IM is now wide-adopted by end users. However, seems there are no real breakthrough in this field for years except the "virtual dialog" function. To end users, after lines of conversations with the "virtual people", they will realize its boring to talk with a Bot with nosense topics(though the Bot always try to provide a "menu" for jokes collections same to all users and Astrology information to tout users).

So there is Bot 2.0. It's not so 'intelligent' as boasted as Bot 1.0. However, it can be more personalized to suite for individual context since there are more and more productions and information created by end users themselves. There are longtail requirements and any Bot 1.0 can't satisfy the longtail needs from end users. The biggest advantages of Bot 2.0 is to provide a platform to connect diversified information sources and pipeline. So Anothr.com's RSS subscription is a 2.0 experiment, but not enough. The 2.0 curtain just been opened, now to Bot world.

Make your skype more useful

Skype is not only a cool voice-over-IP tool, but also a perfect P2P application platform with high security. So with AnothR, you can find your skype is becoming a information dashboard, acting as an agent to help you filter and notify favorite informaiton. The notification function of Skype is designed to integrate into AnothR robot, so you can always open the dialog window with AnothR and keep watching on some interesting feed like news, weather, stock, or whatever information you like.

Anothr.com机器人支持RSS Discovery功能啦!

现在开始国内大部分著名blog托管商的用户blog均能被anothR.com机器人自动Discovery啦!
您只要将您关心的博客首页URL地址直接发送给anothR.com机器人,该博客主人有新内容发表,即可第一时间自动提醒到你的SKYPE上哦!

机器人已经支持自动RSS Discovery的Blog托管商有:

新浪博客(http://blog.sina.com.cn)
MSN Spaces (http://spaces.msn.com)
中国博客网(http://www.blogcn.com)
中华部落阁(http://www.mblogger.cn)
BlogBus(http://www.blogbus.com)
歪酷博客(http://www.yculblog.com)
博客园 (http://www.cnblogs.com)
网易博客(http://blog.163.com)
CSDN Blog(http://blog.csdn.net)
和讯博客(http://blog.hexun.com)
Donews Blog(http://blog.donews.com)
网易博客(http://blog.163.com)
搜狐博客(http://blog.sohu.com)
博客网(http://www.bokee.com/)
天涯博客(http://www.tianyablog.com/)

不过以下2个暂时没法支持:
Qzone(q-zone.qq.com)
TOM博客(blog.tom.com)

如果你发现不能支持的BLOG服务商,请告诉我们哦

2006-10-18

输入Language zh-cn就能让你的anothR.com变成中文提示!!

最讨厌英文了,Skype RSS订阅提醒机器人居然是英文提示。还好输入Language zh-cn就能让anothR.com变成中文提示,

RSS订阅提醒机器人上线啦

AnothR.com是一个基于Skype的RSS订阅提醒机器人,为Skype用户订阅其RSS种子的提醒服务。它改善了用户对其订阅的BLOG和新闻等Feed种子的阅读体验和效率。

RSS Robot as a RSS validator

Always hack RSS Robot please.

If you don't know if your RSS is validate or not, you can simply drag the RSS/Atom link into "anothr.com" in Skype. If the robot reports "You have subscribed to RSS Robot", means it's a valid feed. On the other hand, if you get "The feed link you provided is not valid" like message, means its an invalid feed format.

Anyway, you can always use other Feed validator service online, but comparing to effeciency, RSS Robot is better, right?

凤凰网的新闻Feed

凤凰网的新闻主页改版了。关于这次的改版他们也坦白,那就是要符合中国移动投资后的整合策略。所以基本上处处体现了和手机服务的关联,还有增加了一些算是2.0的功能(类似Digg)。总的说来凤凰网还算开放,没有把RSS这样的数据输出(Feed)忘记,仍然摆在了比较重要的位置。如果用Anothr.com来订阅,可以选择这几个频道:

1. 国际新闻:http://news.phoenixtv.com/pubres/rss/world/feed.xml
2. 台湾新闻:http://news.phoenixtv.com/pubres/rss/taiwan/feed.xml
3. 大陆新闻:http://news.phoenixtv.com/pubres/rss/mainland/feed.xml
4. 社会新闻:http://news.phoenixtv.com/pubres/rss/society/feed.xml
5. 历史评论:http://news.phoenixtv.com/pubres/rss/history/feed.xml
6. 新闻视点: http://news.phoenixtv.com/pubres/rss/opinion/feed.xml

只可惜没有一个整合的数据输出,不过聪明的人,当然有聪明的办法,大家可以用xFruits.com 来合并这些Feed,不就变成一个整合的输出了吗?

AnothR.com RSS Robot Launch Today

AnothR.com is a skype-based robot which can provides just-in-time alerts for your favorite feeds. It can simplify your blogs/news reading experience and improve the effectiveness of your daily information flow.