This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger includes a new screensaver called “RSS Visualizer.” After you have added an RSS feed in Safari, you can select this screensaver in system preferences and under options choose a desired RSS feed. Then whenever your screen saver comes on, you will see updated RSS feed post titles and summary text. Here is a small example:

Dynamic, live content straight from any RSS feed to your desktop as a screensaver. This content rotates and changes continuously, making an amazing visual representation of the RSS feed information “out there” on the web. I am thinking this would be ideal for a computer monitor displayed in an office or entry area of an organization, when that organization is using RSS feeds to share news updates.

Here is a nice tutorial on setting this up.

This would also be great if you create a custom RSS feed river, which combines several related RSS feeds of interest. Wow. So many possibilities. My head is spinning.

There can be no doubt that the Macintosh operating system is the most advanced, creative, and energizing OS on the planet. I am excited to work more with Linux, because of its cost factor, but how could anything be cooler and more powerful than a Mac? And the Mac just keeps getting better! 🙂

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2 Responses to RSS Visualizer

  1. Tim Lauer says:

    You might find TickerShock interesting. Same kind of idea, but in a news ticker type display. We have it running on our reader board in the hallway near the school office…

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Excellent Tim! This tool looks great. I am thinking of using the feed I created for students in my class this term and putting that into the ticker, then I’ll see a visual update when one or more of them posts to their blog. Thanks for the tip!

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